All the cool people work nights! - page 5

by meanmaryjean

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You know it's true! What's the BEST thing about working nights (besides the differential)? For me- it is the absolute sense of teamwork. Every job I've ever had on nights, those people became my friends. We depend on each... Read More


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    I am an aide and a nursing student, and for about 1.5 years I worked day shift exclusively because I wanted to be home in the evenings with my hubby. In order to stay part time at my current job (32 hrs/pay period) I had to move to working only weekends this past January. The only way I could do this was if I agreed to work one weekend nights, then the next, days. I was nervous at the prospect of staying up all night as I have never really done that before!! However, after working a few night shift weekends, I did not want to return to my day shifts at all!

    I agree that the teamwork is better on nights. I appreciate that the nurses I work with talk to me like I am an equal. I know that I am not a nurse and that there are skills and knowledge that I don't have that they do, but I AM a 40 year old woman and a human being, and it is nice to be treated like one! Not all of my day shift nurses talked down to me, but there was definitely more of a separation between the nurses and aides on days. I also appreciate that the night nurses will answer call lights. I usually jump up first (because I move pretty fast) but sometimes one of them will even say, "I'll get it..." On day shift, it was common for me to come out of a pt room and see 3 nurses sitting at the charge desk, 2 call lights on, and no one moving to answer them. I'm sure they were charting... but sometimes I have watched them continue telling a social story and ignore a call light.

    I am also happy to be out of the "bath rush," as I used to call it. I work on a Rehab/Skilled unit, and the aides are supposed to get all the baths done by 11am (when lunches start), as well as answering lights, getting ppl up for breakfast, toileting, etc. I ideally, nurses can help with these things, but they have a ton of stuff to do on days as well and generally seem to be annoyed if they have to answer a light.

    I am out of school for the summer and enjoying working full time nights. (I'm at work now, but doing a 1:1 and the pt is sleeping... so I am not slacking off!) I DO work the evening shift every other weekend, but no more days - per my request. I hope that my body can handle nights in the long term because so far, I love them!
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    I am an aide and a nursing student, and for about 1.5 years I worked day shift exclusively because I wanted to be home in the evenings with my hubby. In order to stay part time at my current job (32 hrs/pay period) I had to move to working only weekends this past January. The only way I could do this was if I agreed to work one weekend nights, then the next, days. I was nervous at the prospect of staying up all night as I have never really done that before!! However, after working a few night shift weekends, I did not want to return to my day shifts at all!

    I agree that the teamwork is better on nights. I appreciate that the nurses I work with talk to me like I am an equal. I know that I am not a nurse and that there are skills and knowledge that I don't have that they do, but I AM a 40 year old woman and a human being, and it is nice to be treated like one! Not all of my day shift nurses talked down to me, but there was definitely more of a separation between the nurses and aides on days. I also appreciate that the night nurses will answer call lights. I usually jump up first (because I move pretty fast) but sometimes one of them will even say, "I'll get it..." On day shift, it was common for me to come out of a pt room and see 3 nurses sitting at the charge desk, 2 call lights on, and no one moving to answer them. I'm sure they were charting... but sometimes I have watched them continue telling a social story and ignore a call light.

    I am also happy to be out of the "bath rush," as I used to call it. I work on a Rehab/Skilled unit, and the aides are supposed to get all the baths done by 11am (when lunches start), as well as answering lights, getting ppl up for breakfast, toileting, etc. I ideally, nurses can help with these things, but they have a ton of stuff to do on days as well and generally seem to be annoyed if they have to answer a light.

    I am out of school for the summer and enjoying working full time nights. (I'm at work now, but doing a 1:1 and the pt is sleeping... so I am not slacking off!) I DO work the evening shift every other weekend, but no more days - per my request. I hope that my body can handle nights in the long term because so far, I love them!
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    The only downside to nights I have experienced so far is not getting to sleep in bed with my hubby when he is sleeping. When I am a nurse, however, this would only be 3 nights a week, so not as bad as now when I work 4 or 5 nights a week! (8 hour shifts) For now I have to be content with a quick snuggle before he gets up in the morning. <3
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    Quote from Baubo516
    The only downside to nights I have experienced so far is not getting to sleep in bed with my hubby when he is sleeping. When I am a nurse, however, this would only be 3 nights a week, so not as bad as now when I work 4 or 5 nights a week! (8 hour shifts) For now I have to be content with a quick snuggle before he gets up in the morning. <3
    Mine snores, so the whole sleeping alone is rather appealing after 38 years of marriage.....
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    You're mean Mary Jean! And wrong.

    They work on days and eve's.
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    Tried dayshift, now I can't wait to get back to nights.

    I am glad I did it, but it just isn't for me.

    I used to take to heart some people's attitudes that night-shift just babysits until the real nurses get there (emphasis SOME). Now I know, that if there is any truth to this, it may be the opposite. On dayshift I spend too much time chasing my tail - who has time for any actual patient care, education, etc?

    So looking forward to going back to nights where, once in awhile, I will have time to spend with my patients and families, and will have the flexibility to work as a team with my co-workers.
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    Quote from tokmom
    If I could have the nighttime quietness during a daytime schedule, life would be good.
    I work weekends. It's not as quiet as nights, but much moreso than weekdays.

    Quote from PMFB-RN
    Agree with what everybody has said so far. I am reluctant to trust the day walkers. I suspect many of them work days so as to be able to brown nose and smooze management for their own gain.
    I work days because I have three kids at home. When I was on nights, I was getting 4 hours of interrupted sleep if I was lucky.

    I do miss the social aspects of nights. We don't have a night shift (or weekend) differential so I don't miss that. (However, I'll disagree on the lack of drama. The biggest drama I've seen was with the night shift CNAs).

    We're talking about building a house. If so, I'm designing in a night-shift sleep room (easily blacked-out, audibly isolated, where no one has any need to enter while someone is sleeping (eg. clothing isn't stored in the bedroom).
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    Quote from Jess6
    I work weekends. It's not as quiet as nights, but much moreso than weekdays.



    I work days because I have three kids at home. When I was on nights, I was getting 4 hours of interrupted sleep if I was lucky.

    I do miss the social aspects of nights. We don't have a night shift (or weekend) differential so I don't miss that. (However, I'll disagree on the lack of drama. The biggest drama I've seen was with the night shift CNAs).

    We're talking about building a house. If so, I'm designing in a night-shift sleep room (easily blacked-out, audibly isolated, where no one has any need to enter while someone is sleeping (eg. clothing isn't stored in the bedroom).
    I always think if I ever sell my current home it will be to a night shift nurse. The master bedroom is painted a dark blue, only one window with black curtains (two layers of them- plus blinds), attached bath so you can remain in the cave when nature calls, and it backs up to the subdivision pond so no traffic noise. Heaven!
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    I recently took a position as RN Supervisor for night shift. Unfortunately I'm not seeing the teamwork. For example, one night an LPN calls me on the other unit and says, "Just giving you a heads up but we may get a complaint tomorrow because a resident needs cleaned but the CNA is making her rounds and is half way down the hall." He continues to tell me, "I let the patient know we were short handed and that her CNA is in the middle of her rounds." I thought to myself, -You are calling me and not cleaning the resident up yourself? If you have two hands that can call me to tell me this crap, then we are not short handed. I had another LPN to call off so I was having to take up that position for the night or I would have went down there myself to do it. I do not know how to work any other way than to do what needs to be done regardless. Unfortunately, I'm suspecting the attitude of this crew is quite different.
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    starlisa14 - That is very sad to hear. I am an aide, and when I work the night shift I am often the only CNA working with RN's and LPN's and up to 19 patients. (We work in a hospital rehab/skilled unit.) It probably helps that I am no slacker - if I see a call light, I jump! - but all of the nurses I work with on nights are good at teamwork. As one of the RN's put it - and she is a charge nurse, as well - "You wipe butt, I wipe butt - we all wipe butt together!" I hope you are able to change the culture of where you are working for the better! Sadly, sometimes the only way to do that is to step up and do the work others won't, then they may feel a bit embarrassed and get off of their butts and start helping.

    I think that is a record for number of times I have typed the word "butt" in one post!


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