Quote from marycarney
You're 'not too worried about patient safety'?????
Um, yeah......I hope this statement means something different than what it seems to mean on the surface.
Although to be totally honest, I remember reaching a point when I was working 12-hour nights and by 0400, I found myself wishing all the patients were dead so I could go home and sleep! That's when I knew it was time to change shifts.....I was terrified that I might make a horrendous mistake and kill somebody in the midst of a foggy (brained) night.
Fortunately, with the help of management I was able to cobble together an eight-hour day/evening shift (11A-7P) that was both the best, and worst, of all possible worlds. I didn't have to work weekends, and I got to do a LOT of floating which kept me cross-trained to all areas of the hospital; the downside to it was that I did all
of the admission and post-op assessments for med/surg, then I'd have to turn the patients over to other nurses at 1500 and be assigned to a whole new team for the last four hours of my shift.
THAT was horrible. I'd just get used to my admits and fresh post-ops, and then I had to take 5-6 brand-new patients I knew nothing about and do 8 hours' worth of work in only four.
But, I never went back to nights, although I did fill in very occasionally on a NOC shift when absolutely no one else would do it. Trouble was, a single graveyard shift threw me off for at least two full days afterwards and tended to make me ever-so-slightly manic, so both my doctor and my family forbade it for mental-health reasons and I haven't worked a night shift in almost three years.
I hope the OP finds the right solution to her/his problem; you've got to know things aren't going well when someone makes a careless statement such as "I'm really not too worried about patient safety".