Why is Night Shift always picked on?

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    Hi everyone,

    I have been a full time night nurse for almost the past 2 years and am getting tired of how the rest of the staff treats the night shift. Everything wrong with the unit always seems to get blamed on nights since we are not around during staff meetings to defend ourselves. Also day shift always seems to have this misconception that "nights do nothing and have it easy". Is so frustrating! We work with half the staff they do and without the support of clinicians, quick access to MDs, management etc. So when something happens it can get very hectic in the night. Yes, it can sometimes be quieter in the night but do people not realize how much harder working nights is on the body? Staying up all night and staying alert is no cakewalk. it's not the same as being awake in the day. I just don't understand why people can't see that? So lately it seems like management has been listening to the day staff and giving us all this extra busy work to do on nights. Yes, on some nights we have the time for it but when something happens we don't have the backup they do in the day time ... I'm just so tired of people blaming nights for everything and not recognizing the work we do and sacrifices we make. If nights are so easy why don't I see these people lining up to volunteer for night shifts?
    Does anyone else have this problem? And if so can you offer any suggestions of how to get some respect for our shift and stop all the "blaming and dumping" on the night shift?
    casi likes this.

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  2. 18 Comments...

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    Oh and I must add, I currently work in a hospital setting but I previously worked as a night nurse in LTC and it was the same deal there...
    Not_A_Hat_Person likes this.
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    Really? Nobody else has experienced this?
  5. 0
    No i work nights and we get along great with day shift
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    No problems with day shift here. But my coworkers & I have often thought some of the higher ups should come spend some nights with us to see how difficult things can be when they cut the staffing.
    DizzyLizzyNurse, Fiona59, and nrsang97 like this.
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    I've experienced this when I worked evenings. People assume that the residents are sleeping, so the night shifters just sit around.
    DizzyLizzyNurse and Fiona59 like this.
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    I have experienced this many times. Yes it sucks. I do think that floor managers should be required to work day shift and night shift as staff once a month.

    People assume patients are sleeping, or it is all quiet because it is midnights, when in reality it is the complete opposite.
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    I think it depends on the unit...if most of the nurses rotates to nights, usually those issues don't arise, according to nurses I know that work acute care...when I worked nights, no issues, and I rotated shifts, everybody got along with everybody. This was at a rehab hospital.
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    I have worked mostly night shift in my 25-odd years of nursing. Everywhere I worked (psych, D&A, correctional psych), the attitude of management and peers on other shifts was "Night shift doesn't work as much because all the patients do is sleep". Even though it is a little quieter at night, there still arise emergencies and crises one has to handle, usually with a lot less staff. Also, the managers seem to be able to find lots of busy work for the night shift nurse to do--chart checks, inventories, paperwork of all sorts. I always try to let the naysayers know that I am just as responsible for the lives and well-being of the patients on my shift as they are on theirs. Plus, I don't see many people clamoring to get on night shift, which is why many facilities have to offer shift differentials. I have always been a night owl, so that's the shift I naturally gravitated toiwards.
    Not_A_Hat_Person likes this.
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    I've always thought it would be awesome to make nurse managers work a night shift here and there. I work in LTC so one week out of the month we have to turn over med sheets which is VERY time consuming. The other nurses and management just don't get it. I can't tell you how often I get a snooty, "Why didn't you do this trivial matience task that can easily wait a couple of days."

    It's crazy. I get that day shift is busy too. It's just a different kind of busy.

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