sleeping staff - page 7

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   cokie
    i never believed that this went on when i was in school. now is realize that it does. save up all the breaks and take them all at once. some places i have worked, this is 2 hours, per nurse, and they all cover for each other. if the super comes by they say, oh she just went to the break room, even though it was over an hour before. i have done doubles from pm's, but i don't work nights. the reason is that i can't stay awake for the entire night, and if i take a one hour nap (all my breaks rolled into one) i would just get up with a bad headache. i feel bad for night nurses, i couldn't do it myself, but i don't know what the answer is.....zzzzz
  2. by   Disablednurse
    I am sorry, but this sleeping on the job is a bunch of horse hocky. It does not matter whether you are on your break or not, you are a professional and should act like one. I have been in nursing for 26 years and have never in all of those years gone to sleep while at work. I have been called back to work at 11 pm after working all day to cover the night shift and did not fall asleep. When you take the night shift job, you are given a list of your job duties and sleeping is not on it. It is not the responsibility of the other nurses to cover you while you nap. Where I worked, you were responsible to punch back in from your break if an emergency came up. How alert would you be is someone had to wake you up? If you get a job working at night, make sure that you get your sleep before going to work, because work is not the place to sleep.
  3. by   Audreyfay
    When I worked in the OR, there was round the clock staffing, including noc shift. It was a well-known fact to those people who work noc shift that they would hustle and get their work done, pull all the cases for the next day, and then settle down to a 2-3 hour nap.
    One fine noc, the nurse manager decided to pay a surprise visit at 0330. She found two sleeping in the lounge, and one guy, who was about 6'2"....sleeping on the cystoscopy table! I still get a chuckle when I think about someone sleeping, all curled up in a fetal position, on a short cysto table! In the OR! :chuckle
    Needless to say, things changed
  4. by   fergus51
    "I don't want to have to wake someone up to give us a hand."

    "I am sorry, but this sleeping on the job is a bunch of horse hocky. It does not matter whether you are on your break or not, you are a professional and should act like one"

    See, people do mind others sleeping on their breaks, that's what annoys me! If it is their time you should mind your own business. If studies show it refreshes nurses and makes them more alert, then I don't see how people can complain it is unprofessional! My time is my time and if I feel like dancing a jig in the cafeteria that's my business.
  5. by   sbic56
    If it is their time you should mind your own business. If studies show it refreshes nurses and makes them more alert, then I don't see how people can complain it is unprofessional! My time is my time and if I feel like dancing a jig in the cafeteria that's my business.
    Exactly, fergus. What other profession do you have to be so loyal to the company as to allow them to dictate what you do when off duty?
  6. by   fergus51
    I wish I knew sbic56! There seems to be this attitude among nurses that we should suck up any crappy working conditions (including lack of breaks and crazy ratios) and that those who do are better nurses. Self sacrifice seems to be glorified in the field and just seems ridiculous to me. The "professionals" (doctors, lawyers and such) are not frowned upon for wanting good conditions, but among nurses it's somehow bad to have anything good at work (like your own break time).
  7. by   sbic56
    Damn, fergus. You said a mouthful. And I totally agree.
  8. by   fergus51
    LOL!!! I always have a mouthful to say (it comes with being terribly opinionated on almost everything)
  9. by   sbic56
    Originally posted by fergus51
    LOL!!! I always have a mouthful to say (it comes with being terribly opinionated on almost everything)
    Darn good quality in a person.
  10. by   Dplear
    sbic56.....

    You know I disagree with your political ideas but we sure are on the same wave length on this topic....fergus...we agree on a lot of things also...glad to see great minds like ours think alike in a lot of things....

    Dave
  11. by   sbic56
    Dplear

    I may be a leftie, but I'm no fool! (Please, no one take that too personally!) Sleep deprivation never did anybody any good.
  12. by   rebelwaclause
    This is interesting. Is it more of a "I don't do it so you shouldn't either?" issue?

    What's the difference if someone goes to the other side of the building to smoke a cigarette for a half hour? They are just as much outta sight-outta mind as someone in a close by breakroom grabbing a nap. The only difference, is I'd go get the sleeping person. I ain't running across the hospital to get the smoker employee.

    I work at a facility where nurses do sleep while they are on their break. I thought it wasn't a big deal, since breaks are essentially your break from working, and to be taken away from the work area.

    BUT, I can see that this could be a problem if people don't return on time from their breaks or if it causes problems with patient care. It makes a big difference if there is teamwork all the way around, and no one is taking advantage of the situation.
  13. by   rebelwaclause
    Originally posted by fergus51
    I wish I knew sbic56! There seems to be this attitude among nurses that we should suck up any crappy working conditions (including lack of breaks and crazy ratios) and that those who do are better nurses. Self sacrifice seems to be glorified in the field and just seems ridiculous to me. The "professionals" (doctors, lawyers and such) are not frowned upon for wanting good conditions, but among nurses it's somehow bad to have anything good at work (like your own break time).
    ^5...(again).... Fergus51!

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