sleeping staff - page 4

It's incredible! just went down stairs to use their xerox machine and everyone of their staff members is sound asleep, all wrapped up in blankets and "Mouth Wide Open." They just don't care about... Read More

  1. by   Buddha
    I agree to the no-flash camera. Take a picture and make a copy and lay it on their nurses station when no one looking. I bet they stay awake than wondering who noticed their sleeping. Although it would probably last a week with those nurses.
  2. by   catrn10
    I have worked nights for the past twelve years and never went to sleep while at work. I do remember having to fight hard to stay awake very early in my career. This was because my darling husband woke me everyday at 12 noon, screaming "what are you doing, sleeping all day?" I finally asked him what planet he had come from, I was working 12hour night shifts and I needed to sleep sometime. His Reply? "Well, you get to sleep all night at work!" I worked in CCU. I went to work that night , called him at MN, 0100,0200,0300,0400,&0500. Asked him to come eat lunch with me (he declined), and things like "What're you doing?" At the 0500 call, he got the message, never woke me again. Since then, I don't even get sleepy at work.
  3. by   ohioln
    I've worked at several places where people have been sleeping on night shift, they were covered with blankets and sound asleep. One place the supervisor slept for about 4 hrs every night. She told us to wake her if we needed her. I wish people would get enough sleep at home and stay awake at work. One place I worked, I was told that the DON came in one night and caught people sleeping. She suspended them for a week.
    Last edit by ohioln on Feb 26, '03
  4. by   ChainedChaosRN
    I'm a DON in a LTC facility. I went in one night and found 5 people sleeping including the supervisor. I fired all 5. The patients are paying people to take care of them...and there is always plenty to do. Unless sleeping is listed in the job description (what's the chances?), I see it as stealing and unethical, and those nurses are in the wrong profession.
    I love the crap people can come up with as to why they think sleeping is ok while you are being paid to work.
  5. by   Sleepyeyes
    then there's always this possibility:



    http://allnurses.com/forums/showthre...threadid=31927
  6. by   LilgirlRN
    When I worked in CCU, nights 12 hr shifts, we saved up all our break time and took a nap one at a time. It was the kind of sleep a new mom does with a baby, sleep with your ears awake. If you heard that crash cart move you were on your feet pronto. Personally if I were the patient I would rather have a nurse that took a nap if she were too tired to give competent patient care. All the patients were cared for, no one got hurt etc. All of this was OK with the hospital administration (back when it was run by nuns) and when we got "civilians" to run the show this practice was terminated.
  7. by   SKM-NURSIEPOOH
    that burns me up too...staff sleeping on duty. it's not enough for them to sleep on their breaks...but must they also sleep while on watch? i say take pics & mail them anonymously to the front office. then you'll see just how many will have to change their habit. make sure that you get pics of everyone who engage in this...it might take you a couple of nights...but it would be worth it in the end for your patients' sake.

    cheers!
    moe
  8. by   JMP
    People who work in my ICU sometimes sleep on their breaks....but never when on duty.

    To me, if you know something is happening that impacts pts safety and wellbeing and YOU DON'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT..... YOU ARE AS GUILTY AS THE PEOPLE DOING IT.

    My first course of action would be to confront the people or person and say, "look I came in and everyone was asleep, I feel it is wrong and here is the reason why......... if you continue to do it.....I will report you".

    If it continues, report it. You have to. It is your responsiblity.
  9. by   JMP
    I know it won't be easy, but it will be right to confront them.

    I have done it, not over sleeping, but over another issue that I felt comprimised pt safety and wellbeing.

    However, I gave the person the chance to change their ways..first.
  10. by   canadian
    I sleep at night for 1 1/2 hours.
    As does every other nurse I work with.

    We bust out butts on day shift and only ever take two breaks on a 12 hour day. During the night we work hard, but barring anaphylaxtic drugs or blood admin we stagger these 1 1/2 hour breaks and sleep in recliners in our play room.

    How is it any different to be paid to eat, read magazines, or sleep on your break? You will find that most professions that work nights allow for breaks. Read the research, it is very healthy for you and increases safety.
  11. by   traumaRUs
    Come on guys!!!! Wake up and smell the bacon. Nurses sleeping at work!!!! Get a grip!!! Fire their as#$% and get new staff!!!! This is totally unacceptable and anyone that tolerates it - is unprofessional too. Come on guys - isn't there anyone else out there who says we don't need nurses, CNAs or whatever if they sleep!!!! And...by the way...who gets breaks??? I'm the night charge in level one trauma center - you'd be fired immediately. And, I've worked nights for 15 years, at hospitals, LTCs and home care. UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!
  12. by   ChainedChaosRN
    Here here traumaRUs....unprofessional and they all need fired. If you have to sleep at night....get a day job.
  13. by   night owl
    Originally posted by JMP
    YOU DON'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT..... YOU ARE AS GUILTY AS THE PEOPLE DOING IT.

    My first course of action would be to confront the people or person and say, "look I came in and everyone was asleep, I feel it is wrong and here is the reason why......... if you continue to do it.....I will report you".

    If it continues, report it. You have to. It is your responsiblity.
    You know it's not so much the sleeping that bothers me it's the neglect of the residents
    I have already reported them and the supervisor has seen it for herself! She came to our floor one night and I came right out and asked her, "How do you like your comatose staff downstairs?" Her reply was, "Well I rattled some papers around in hopes that they'd wake up..." So she witnessed it for her own eyes and done nothing about it. It's like they just sweep it under the carpet. They tell us in order for management to take any action, you have to put it in writing. Well I have documented in a memo to the NM and nothing was done. So what's the point? If management does not follow up on it, who's going to? Maybe I should just go over their heads and write a memo directly to the DON. I really hate to say it, but they need a good dose of "a bad happening" to wake them up to the fact that it is wrong to sleep while on duty. And if it ever does happen, I'm sure they'll cover it all up and the residents will continue to be victims of neglect.

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