Night shift nurses are lazy and NICU isn't real nursing! - page 4

Anyone else out there been hearing this crap from other people? I am surprised, I admit, to find out how many people (at least where I work and went to school) look down on neonatal nurses as not... Read More

  1. by   adrienurse
    Nurses, please. Do not play into this mindset and feel that you need to justify the area that you love. I gave up a long time ago trying to justify why I chose to go into geriatrics right after graduation and why I'm not in ACUTE CARE. Because I don't wanna be that's why. If you don't get it you never will. Do not devalue the talents and skills of your fellow nurses. It's your horn, toot it if you want to.
  2. by   nrw350
    The simplest answer to this debate is that simple fact that these people have nurse in their title and job description. Now, how can you argue that they do not nurse?

  3. by   BadBird
    Unfortunately day shift workers have those thoughts for years, the only cure is rotating shifts and then they realize that night shift is indeed difficult, ususally understaffed, patients do not sleep, the elderly aka sundowners go nuts around 10pm, it's okay if there is no secretary for new admissions on nights this is unheard of on daylight night shift is responsible for 24 hour chart checks and if there is a mistake that needs a doctors notification it is the night shift that get their asses chewed out even if the mistake was not theirs, not to mention MAR checks, the computer always goes down at night so you must hurry up with your data imput. Did I mention that it is okay to pull the only aide on the floor to sit with someone who went nuts because the nurses can handle all by themselves, tend to codes, comfort those in pain and lets not forget the 400 pounders who want you to cook a meal at 2am because they can't sleep. Please stop me, I just got started, I could go on forever. Okay one more, how about transporting a pt. to CT in the middle of the night without help, who is to watch or medicate your other patients. And I love when the day nurses said I gave the ducolox at 6:50 pm and you clean poop all night. Okay I promise to stop.
  4. by   nrw350
    I hope this does not offend anyone here (or that this is the wrong thing to say). If I am having trouble sleeping, just give me something to help me sleep and then I will be good to go.


    PS: Sleep sounds good right now, but I can't. I must wait until I get home.
  5. by   adrienurse
    That's really easy for you to say because you are not caring an 80 lb, falls risk, rummaging alzheimer case hollering at the top of your lungs that the coleslaw's not gonna be ready on time for the picnic. Or how about 4 of these people all awake at 0430 in the morning. Not so easy to drug, I'll tell you!

    Unfortunately, night nursing is full or all these little nuances and properties that are not tangible to those who are not performing them, but sure are missed if there's nobody there to do them. It's a little like nursing itself. Not always so easy to explain what it is you do, but somebody sure misses you when you're not there.
  6. by   nrw350
    Huh, is it just hard to get them to take the medicine or something? Are they not willing or what? I hope I am not irrating poeple again. When I cant sleep, the only thing I want is sleep. And I would do almost anything to get it.

  7. by   night owl
    Complained once to the HN that all the scut work was given to the night shift and her reply was, "Isn't that why you're paid night differential?" {{{{{HELLOOOOOOO?????}}}}} :stone :stone :stone
  8. by   nrw350
    That came out wrong. I mean, when I want sleep things like covers being straight, and eating do not matter. But I will not be rude in order to get sleep. Heck, one time I drove somewhere where no one could find me and just slept in my car in order to get some rest and peace and quiet. When I am tired, is when I have the most difficulty.

  9. by   adrienurse
    The point is, I'm assuming that you are a rational person who is aware of your needs and have no behavioral problems. Not all people are. Sometimes these people are patients. Sometimes a unit will have 6 of these people awake at the same time, all needing your attention.

    I'm not going to argue with you anymore. You can either relate to this or not be able to relate to this.
  10. by   nrw350
    Ok, now I see what you were saying. I am not used to dealing with people who have behavioral problems. But I am used to dealing with those who are not rational (but not in the fashion that you deal with them). Part of the reason I joined this board is to learn more about nursing, and that is what I have done.

  11. by   NRSKarenRN
    Having work 10 years nights, can agree with above. In early 1980's, big behavorial technique was reality orientation to patients awakae at night and minimal meds used for sundowning. I worked a 14 bed Pulmonarry/telemetry unit and my patients relished their sleep. Two nights in a row, geriatric client sundowned LOUDLY talking + singing hymns. I had many complaints, can't I shut that women up. Meds didn't help. Out of desperation for the patients needing sleep, I put on the intercome to her room and said in a deep voice " This is God speaking, quiet please, time for sleep. I went in to check her IV ---she was quiet for 10 whole minutes,"God told me to sleep" she whispered, rolled over and slept rest of night.

    I'm from the day's when along with all the other duties mentioned for night shift, reodering meds was an additional task! You checked med drawer containers against MAR and handwrote request for next 24 hrs of meds!