Quote from marycarney
1)What characterizes a 'night shift friendly' employer?
2)What characterizes a 'night shift UNfriendly' employer?
3) What would you do to make night shift better if you could?
4) What specific things does your employer do that is either night shift friendly or night shift UNfriendly?
A night shift friendly employer considers the flipped schedule. Would you call your day shift at 2AM? Then don't call me at 2pm! Would you schedule a committee meeting at 3AM? Then don't schedule committee meetings at 3am (if you want night shift workers there). If it can be dealt with over e-mail, then e-mail me. Can I do an on-line course, then let me do an online course.
I echo what other people have said about food. In the past our food selections at night are so pathetic that I have given up years ago and have brought my "lunch". I was amazed when I came in for a class and was there for lunch time. SO MUCH GREAT FOOD!!! I had no idea our cafeteria was capable of such yummy and healthy offerings.
I disagree with the previous posters that say they would like to see management on nights more. I am on night shift for multiple reasons, one of which is that I enjoy being "unmolested" by the likes of management, PT/OT/ST, case management, whatever. I know it cuts both ways, but I think it hurts less when they stay on the day shift.
A previous nurse manager used to hold her unit meetings on several schedules including 7am (we could stay over or day nurses could try to attend if their assignment was fine), 5pm (nights could come in early or days could come on their day off or try to get away from a lighter assignment), 7pm (nights could attend on a day off or try to get away from a lighter assignment or days could stay over), 10:30pm (nights could try to get away from their assignment and either shift could attend on their day off). She had the highest attendance rates of any manager I've ever seen.
One thing our unit usually does that is very friendly to nights is that when family or whomever sends treats to the unit, the management usually splits it up and saves half of it for night shift. I've worked too many places where a well-meaning family will send treats, usually during the day, they get put on the table in the break room and when nights comes in, they have considerately left the empty tray with crumbs for us to clean up.
I think this is one of the most night-shift friendly units I have ever worked in. I think one reason is that almost 100% of the nurses start on night shift and wait 1-2 years on a waiting list to get to day shift. This means most of the day shift can remember how tough it was for them when they were on night shift.
I myself remember my very few months on day shift and it gives me great patience to endure inequities as I would hate hate hate to ever be cursed to work day shift!