I am so glad I work night shift

  1. This is an odd thread but the more I think about it, the more I am so happy that I work the NOC shift.
    I know that I can't work with my manager or any higher ups looking over my shoulder all the time to point out my weaknesses. I can't stand some of the Miss Goody 2 Shoes Perfect Me nurses that are the epitome of what irriates me beyond belief.
    For example, there is a day shift team leader that we jokingly refer to as "Plastic" - She has a fake smile, fake personality, and overall fake cosmetically altered face - More Botox in her face than Joan Rivers.
    Other day shift personalities I do not care for are my nurse educator. Deadpan in his facial expressions for everything. You could light a firecracker in his mouth and still you will get this blank stare.
    At least on the NOC shift I work with many different and exciting personalities. There is much to learn from my co-workers and they have zest and energy....its a quality I have rarely seen in day shift staff.
    I know I am rambling here but It just dawned on me
    Maybe NOC shift staff is more energetic and alive due to the fact that our managers are not there.
    As I always say "What happens on Night shift, Stays on night shift".
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  3. by   caliotter3
    Lots of shenanigans can occur on nightshift and you can't beat the opportunity for that great pastime, eating and more eating.
  4. by   Davey Do
    Quote from abbaking
    I am so happy that I work the NOC shift.

    I say, "Amen!"

  5. by   pednursedeb
    I had to switch from nights to days because I couldn't sleep days. I admire the nurses who can work nights, I just couldn't do it.
    Day shift is a whole different ballgame. I do think you have to interact with so many different personalities, from administration on down.
    We happen to have a great team and work well together. I couldn't make it otherwise.
  6. by   emsboss
    To me there is no better shift... Been doing them for 25 years... Or so...
  7. by   Pepper The Cat
    I wouldn't be caught dead working night shift on our unit. They don't talk to anyone on days - never say good morning or hello to us. They don't do any more work than they have to and refuse to learn new procedures.

    so don't judge one shift so quickly. Its not the shift, its the people.
  8. by   bagladyrn
    Count me in on the "I love my night shift" crowd. True night shifters are a different type of personality.
    I've been on nights for 28 years now and have the opinion that you would have to pay me at least double to work days. In fact, I turned down a contract in Hawaii because the wording of the contract gave them the option to float me to dayshift!
  9. by   dthfytr
    Having worked both days and nights (mostly nights, couldn't stand days) there's a really important lesson in that on the shift with the least management, everything runs much more efficiently. IMHO
  10. by   kat7ap
    I second this! Where I work, I feel our night shift staff has a closer bond and better team work.
  11. by   Spritenurse1210
    I will be the first to admit, I couldn't do day shift at my hospital. The pace is way to fast and I couldn't stand to have my nurse manager in my face for that long. At least at night, I can do my job and take care of my patients without the constant micromanaging. No wonder the nurses on day shift are so cranky.
  12. by   NBMom1225
    I just recently started working nights after transfering from day shift at another one of our facilities. I was worried that I wouldn't be able to sleep during the day, and about having less resources available at night, but it was a big goal of my to work on this unit so I took the night job. Much to my surprise, I am absolutely loving it! I love the atmosphere, work with a great group of co-workers, and the pace suits me better. I'm also having no trouble sleeping during the day...if management were to offer me a position on days right now I'd instantly turn them down, I'll probably stay on nights permanently unless some family dynamic changes and I absolutely have to switch.
  13. by   raputa62
    AMEN sista!! I agree totally.....I have been on midnights for 14 years.....LOVE IT!! I tried days for 6 months......I COULD NOT function properly......KUDOS to midnoc nurses and cenas!!
  14. by   fiveofpeep
    Night shift all the way!!!