Am I the only person who DOESN'T sleep on the night shift.

  1. 0 Ok. So I work 3 nights in a row this weekend for my new job for a Hospice pt that they were revoking hospice service on because she was stable and not going anywhere anytime soon. On the first night the caregiver poked her head at about 3am and asked me why I wasn't sleeping. I told her I never sleep on the night shift. She gave me a funny look like I was crazy. This patient had 24/7 nurses for the last month. I couldn't possibly be the only one to stay awake could I?
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  3. Visit  tothepointeLVN profile page

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    tothepointeLVN has '3' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Hospice / Ambulatory Clinic'. From 'Los Angeles'; Joined Apr '08; Posts: 2,331; Likes: 2,171.

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  4. Visit  BillyMae profile page
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    I stay awake also, but I do know that some cases allow their nurses to snooze if they feel that they can be alert to respond. I could be alert, but feel that if you are being paid, and have chosen to work night shift you should work night shift !! Besides, it's illegal to sleep if you are a Medicaid provider.
  5. Visit  Not_A_Hat_Person profile page
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    When I interviewed with my agency, I told them I preferred nights. They made it very clear that all night shifts are awake shifts. I've had a harder time staying awake during day shifts.
    Last edit by Not_A_Hat_Person on Oct 5, '10 : Reason: clarity
  6. Visit  caliotter3 profile page
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    I also inform my clients that I stay awake on night shift to do my job. I had one client who insisted that the lights be off and he wanted the nurses to sleep. I told him what my responsibilities were and that I intended to follow them. I used a flashlight and had a terrible time sitting there in the dark on that one.
  7. Visit  BillyMae profile page
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    "I also inform my clients that I stay awake on night shift to do my job. I had one client who insisted that the lights be off and he wanted the nurses to sleep. I told him what my responsibilities were and that I intended to follow them. I used a flashlight and had a terrible time sitting there in the dark on that one."

    Wow, I don't know if I could sit in the dark all night !! Must have been intolerable !! Hope you didn't have to do that too many times Tonight is my last NOC shift, resigned this case, adult vent, going back to peds,
    a baby:heartbeat I'm sooo excited, and it's day shift.
  8. Visit  caliotter3 profile page
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    This guy lived sort of out in the country. I heard a lot of sounds sitting there in the dark! I didn't like it. The job did not last long for me.
  9. Visit  JeanettePNP profile page
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    Quote from caliotter3
    I also inform my clients that I stay awake on night shift to do my job. I had one client who insisted that the lights be off and he wanted the nurses to sleep. I told him what my responsibilities were and that I intended to follow them. I used a flashlight and had a terrible time sitting there in the dark on that one.
    I think the client's comfort should come before the nurse's, and the light shoudlnt' have to stay on all night for the nurse's benefit. But wasn't there a room (or hallway) where you could sit? Or did the job require that you stay all night at the patient's bedside?
  10. Visit  caliotter3 profile page
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    You can't monitor a patient or the status of the patient's ventilator from another room. The whole purpose of monitoring a patient at night is to have access to the patient. His room setup did not allow that if not sitting at his bedside. My job is to monitor the patient, not sleep. Nobody pays a night nurse to sleep.
  11. Visit  WI_home_RN profile page
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    i wouldn't dare sleep on the night shift!! how could i possibly care for my patients if i'm asleep?!?! i wouldn't hear vent alarms, pulse ox monitor alarms, crying, seizures, respiratory distress, etc. wow, i can't believe that there are some nurses who do sleep on night shift. i'm not paid to sleep on the job; i'm paid to care for my patients while they sleep and make sure that they are safe.
  12. Visit  nursel56 profile page
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    Quote from caliotter3
    This guy lived sort of out in the country. I heard a lot of sounds sitting there in the dark! I didn't like it. The job did not last long for me.
    I wouldn't want to sit in the dark way out in the country either. I don't think it's too much to ask that people who need nursing care in the home accomodate the nurse to a certain extent. A clip-on light or something is not unreasonable if they don't want you to sit on the other side of a wall with some light. We have a right not to trip over all the cords to the Durable Medical Equipment, too.
    Last edit by nursel56 on Oct 21, '10
  13. Visit  ventmommy profile page
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    Kudos to all of you that don't sleep! Night shifts aren't for everyone and I will not tolerate sleeping by the nurse when she she/he is supposed to be watching my son. I know not all families have ideal set-ups for nurses; I don't think mine is perfect. The fact that my little guy is blind makes it easier on the nurses because they can quietly watch a movie, study or chart. I know other vent moms that don't allow television, computers, cell phones or lights being on and I can't imagine what that is like for the nurses.
  14. Visit  Blackcat99 profile page
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    I have never slept while on night duty. I usually like to read. However, I have been cursed for the past few years. I have applied for night shift positions and all I can find is day shift positions. I love doing night shifts.:heartbeat
  15. Visit  nursel56 profile page
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    Quote from ventmommy
    Kudos to all of you that don't sleep! Night shifts aren't for everyone and I will not tolerate sleeping by the nurse when she she/he is supposed to be watching my son. I know not all families have ideal set-ups for nurses; I don't think mine is perfect. The fact that my little guy is blind makes it easier on the nurses because they can quietly watch a movie, study or chart. I know other vent moms that don't allow television, computers, cell phones or lights being on and I can't imagine what that is like for the nurses.
    Bless you and your little guy ventmommy. I know it isn't easy for the families to have to constantly adjust to having nurses in the house even though you know you need the extra eyes and hands as nobody can do it all 24/7. We've had a few people here who've decided to become nurses after having children that needed the care. Best wishes. :redpinkhe


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