TraumaSurfer 6,472 Views
Joined Aug 8, '10.
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I think nurses should be able to. Even if it is only when there isn't a Doc available.
Try to get a serious focus on your health and fine tuning your body to accept night shift until you pay your dues to transfer.
Become a q3 eater. Package small portions in little containers to munch on easily and quickly throughout the night. Eat a well balanced light meal for your main break.
Drinks lots of water. Night shifter workers are dehydrated constantly.
Avoid sugar loaded products and caffeine. Yes, no coffee or only in moderation at the beginning of the shift. Drink green tea which may have some caffeine. Read the labels.
Get a routine which might be simple stretching before and after work.
Drink a warm non decaf beverage and read something when you get home. Get to a quiet place or personal space in your home or favorite park and in your mind.
Make sure your shoes are comfortable. Simple as it sounds, it sets the mood for the night if your feet hurt.
Try to at least take a long brisk walk on your days off.
Once your body adjusts, your mental outlook will gradually get better.
Cut yourself some slack. You are new. Night shift people tend to be a crusty bunch at first but most will warm up to new comers eventually. Don't be afraid to ask for advice.
But, until then, focus on your body and health. Keep work at work. I don't even wear my clothes to and from work. Once I clock out, I change clothes and become who I like most. My personal space might be sitting on a beach for awhile after work and appreciating I can do that because I work in a profession which allows me to live just about anywhere. Remember you work to LIVE and not live to work.
Doing 12 hours shifts you are only spending 36 hours at work. The rest of that time is yours. Make plans on your first day off to do something in the afternoon. Make an appointment to pamper yourself. Go to the mall and window shop. Meet a friend for a movie and/or dinner or late lunch. Make a list of all the stuff you haven't done lately like a museum, the theater, a concert or some attraction in your community or nearby.
Are you serious? All of that, and you still don't get the difference between state EMT-P licensing and NREMT-P.
Repeat after me: Eligibility for state licensure is not the same as eligibility for National Registry.
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