Night shift naps - page 4

A BIG no-no...but some RN's still do it. And, for the most part get by with it. HOW? It is embarrassing to the unit when there is a float nurse not to mention the alarms answered on their behalf. ... Read More

  1. by   kitty29
    Quote from Qulen-2006
    I think one should have a nap when all things have been done and there is not anything to do and you don know there won't anything unexcepted happen.
    It's your break the unit should be covered so you can take one...if it isn't you best talk to management about getting more help! Sure you don't go off take a nap when your pt is coding!
  2. by   MichaelLooney
    Quote from RainDreamer
    A benefit?!?! Wow, that's nuts. I'd find a different place to work.
    Yeah, well, this is the same place who decided that after I got abused by a resident, I should SOMEHOW stay away from her and STILL take care of her at the same time (they kept assigning me to her care), then fired me after she abused me again just barely over a week after the first one.
    I'm still fighting with the state Health and Human Services.
  3. by   olderthandirt
    When I worked nights, we all took our turn at napping. With two breaks and dinner, we had an hour. We covered for each other and we slept in the nurses bathtub, very comfortable and they knew where we each was so could wake if an emergency happened.
  4. by   skinny06
    Naps Are Not Tolerated On Our Unit, However I Used To Work A Closed Labor And Delivery Unit That Had To Staff With At Least 2 Nurses No Matter What. In That Situation With No Patients We Would Stay In The Lounge Off The Nurses Station And Watch Te Or Nap, Whatever, But With No Patients You Could Take Turns If There Was Nothing Else To Do. We Would Mostly Keep Busy With Cleaning And Stocking So Napping Was Not Usually An Option. The To Good To Be True Nights Were Few And Far Between. Mosy Of The Time We Had Already Paid For Them In Full. Nice To Think About Though.
  5. by   skinny06
    Naps Are Not Tolerated On Our Unit, However I Used To Work A Closed Labor And Delivery Unit That Had To Staff With At Least 2 Nurses No Matter What. In That Situation With No Patients We Would Stay In The Lounge Off The Nurses Station And Watch TV Or Nap, Whatever, But With No Patients You Could Take Turns If There Was Nothing Else To Do. We Would Mostly Keep Busy With Cleaning And Stocking So Napping Was Not Usually An Option. The To Good To Be True Nights Were Few And Far Between. MosT Of The Time We Had Already Paid For Them In Full. Nice To Think About Though.
    Last edit by skinny06 on Sep 12, '06 : Reason: TYPO
  6. by   GoingHome
    I've read different research on night shift workers and napping. Several studies show that you get a much safer nurse if you allow them to sleep during night shift. Obviously as their break. The last place I traveled to, encouraged naps. It was an ICU, and each person relievedtheir counter part. These naps would be 45 minutes. I couldn't believe it.
  7. by   cgunn
    Ive just graduated as a nurse and wondered how do you stay awake all night, i know im going to have night shifts, and wondered how you do it.
    Thanks.....
    Last edit by cgunn on Sep 13, '06
  8. by   RainDreamer
    Quote from cgunn
    Ive just graduated as a nurse and wondered how do you stay awake all night, i know im going to have night shifts, and wondered how you do it.
    Thanks.....
    You just sleep all day. Same with when someone works days, but it's opposite. I sleep fine all day long, therefore I'm not tired at night and can stay up. Also, our unit is so busy, we're always busy with stuff ..... makes it easy to stay awake.

    I don't see how people can wake up at 5 am and stay up all day, lol.
  9. by   Gompers
    Quote from RainDreamer
    You just sleep all day. Same with when someone works days, but it's opposite. I sleep fine all day long, therefore I'm not tired at night and can stay up. Also, our unit is so busy, we're always busy with stuff ..... makes it easy to stay awake.

    I don't see how people can wake up at 5 am and stay up all day, lol.
    Tell me about it! I feel dead to the world when I wake up at 5am, but when I sleep during the day and wake up at 5pm I feel fine. I'm a night owl by nature though.

    But yes, to answer the question: you sleep during the day. Plain and simple. Don't get into the bad habit of not sleeping, even if it's your first night on! Try and get a nap, at least, before work. I see too many people waking up with their kids at the crack of dawn, then staying up all day and coming to work at night. I understand that there are often childcare issues, but it's very unsafe to treat night shift like it's some magical time where you can work a full-time job yet never send your kids to daycare. These are the nurses that fall asleep on the job or on their drive home in the morning. You need to make sleep a priority.

    And besides, the hospital is a 24-hour place - especially in an ICU environment. Things don't stop when the sun goes down! There are nights you will be so busy that you barely sit down and falling asleep is the furthest thing from your mind!
  10. by   twotrees2
    Quote from MichaelLooney
    We were told that breaks are a bemefit, not a requirement.
    i think it is required by law that 1/2 hour nonpaid break be given for anything ovber 5 hours working - maybe its 4 hours - im not positive - as for the "mini breaks folks like to take - if its non union it is NOT required for them to give them and if you have work to do its not mandatory for them to allow the 15 min breaks - however it is my understanding that most unions have it in thier contracts that the 15 min breaks ARE mandatory for tyhe facility to give them.
  11. by   ambraberger
    I'm in a class of 8 new grads. We have 40 weeks of orientation and are in our 4th week in the NICU. One of my peers, her preceptor leaves her alone with their assignment and sleeps. Not only rude and unprofessional, but unsafe and embarrassing!!!!!!
  12. by   NurseyPoo
    SLEEP! Are you kidding me? I barely have time to use the bathroom, and eat let alone sleep! I think my head would explode if I caught someone sleeping...Who are these people? How can they possibly think this okay? WOW!! This is completely amazing to me. The ICU that I work in does not have any place that someone could possibly curl up and sleep in...That is just crazy!
  13. by   kitty29
    Quote from twotrees2
    i think it is required by law that 1/2 hour nonpaid break be given for anything ovber 5 hours working - maybe its 4 hours - im not positive - as for the "mini breaks folks like to take - if its non union it is NOT required for them to give them and if you have work to do its not mandatory for them to allow the 15 min breaks - however it is my understanding that most unions have it in thier contracts that the 15 min breaks ARE mandatory for tyhe facility to give them.
    I believe it's 15 mins per 4 hour time worked...so 30min break, and 2 - 15 mins breaks...we take our break on nights all at once ussually 45 mins to an hour depending on the unit.

    BTW: It seems that many of you are upset that some hospitals treat their nurses like human beings or something. I'm having a difficult time why some of you are upset that a nurse would nap on their break time....this is absolutely alright and the best for your pts.

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