Night Shift Nurses Help! - page 2

I have been working the Night Shift in a LTC for about one month, as a Charge Nurse. I'm having a hard time with sleeping during the day. I have my room dark, I have the fan on, etc. (My children... Read More

  1. by   HannasMom
    After working at the LTC for more than a month now I think I'm adjusting finally. At least I'm not so sleep obsessed. For several days I have been able to sleep from 7 to 8 hours. If I wake up around 12 p.m., I go to the bathroom, maybe have some water or juice and a snack. Then I go back to bed and turn the TV on low, I always fall asleep watching TV. Somehow I turn it off half asleep.

    If I have errands or appointments, I wake up around 12:30 or 1:00 pm, eat some breakfast, run my errands, make a great dinner for once for my family instead of quick stuff and take a 1-2 hour nap before I need to get ready for work. Besides having a afternoon to run errands, it feels nice to be able to shop etc., while everyone is working. I'm beginning to feel that adjusting to night shift is a matter of attitude. You have to accept it first, your life is different, so you have to accept it. Then sleeping will not be such an issue, and you don't have to become sleep deprived. Just have to work on how much more I eat now, always hungry, next step to take. LOL. I like my new attitude and I enjoy staying up late on my days off. Freedom to pursue my hobbies or watch an old movie, with my night owl husband. I think I'll make it, because I sure enjoy working the night shift at my facility. Great staff!
  2. by   Paige Turner RN
    HM sounds like you are handleing this really well.....tell me though on your very first night how did you prepare yourself to stay up all night????? Anyione else with input please feel free to contribute I need all the help I can get..........