Night Shift Bad For School???????????

  1. JUST THOUGHT I WOULD SHARE DON'T LET CLINICAL TEACHERS KNOW YOU WORK NIGHT SHIFT. I AM IN MY LAST SEMSTER AND WORK NIGHTS ON THE WEEKEND AND HAVE CLINICAL ON TUESDAY. WELL....... I GOT WRITTEN UP THE 2ND DAY OF CLINICAL BECAUSE I WORK NIGHTS. SHE JUST KEPT SAYING "HOW DO YOU DRIVE HOME IN THE MORNING" I HAVE WORKED NIGHTS FOR OVER A YEAR AND MAINTAINED AN A-B AVERAGE.
    I AM VERY FRUSTRATED I FEEL SINGLED OUT.
    I WAS NOT SLEEPY NOR DO I WORK THE NIGHT BEFORE CLINICAL IN FACT I AM OFF 2-3 DAYS PRIOR TO CLINICAL . SHE TOLD ME SHE THINKS I SHOULD QUIT MY JOB AND TAKE OUT LOANS. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAG
    ANYONE ELSE GO THREW THIS???????
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  3. by   EricJRN
    I'm sorry for your experience.

    (Try not to type in all caps. On the Internet, all capital letters are the equivalent of yelling at someone, and I don't think that's what you meant to do.)
  4. by   KellieNurse06
    Quote from RNMISTY36
    JUST THOUGHT I WOULD SHARE DON'T LET CLINICAL TEACHERS KNOW YOU WORK NIGHT SHIFT. I AM IN MY LAST SEMSTER AND WORK NIGHTS ON THE WEEKEND AND HAVE CLINICAL ON TUESDAY. WELL....... I GOT WRITTEN UP THE 2ND DAY OF CLINICAL BECAUSE I WORK NIGHTS. SHE JUST KEPT SAYING "HOW DO YOU DRIVE HOME IN THE MORNING" I HAVE WORKED NIGHTS FOR OVER A YEAR AND MAINTAINED AN A-B AVERAGE.
    I AM VERY FRUSTRATED I FEEL SINGLED OUT.
    I WAS NOT SLEEPY NOR DO I WORK THE NIGHT BEFORE CLINICAL IN FACT I AM OFF 2-3 DAYS PRIOR TO CLINICAL . SHE TOLD ME SHE THINKS I SHOULD QUIT MY JOB AND TAKE OUT LOANS. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAG
    ANYONE ELSE GO THREW THIS???????
    Oh geez.....that sounds a bit much....sounds like a power tripper there......I had a nursing instructor my 1st semester who didn't want any students working the 3rd shift the night before clinical for safety reasons which personally I agree with just because coming right off work, then doing a full clinical day .......that would make me very nervous as a patient. Another instructor we had said at the least take a shower, comb your hair & splash some cold water on your face but if any error happens or a patient is in danger you are not permitted on the floor & will be speaking to the Dean of Nursing .....so I think it depends on the instructor......I have a sister in law who was going to school for Radiology Tech....she worked 3rd shift the entire 2 years and would go right to class/clinical from work..and she maintained highest honors all 2 years through the program........the only different thing is she wasn't doing meds......so too bad we have to bite our tongues because it would make me want to ask her if she is going to pay my rent/mortgage/bills/food etc..........You did nothing wrong and you work on nights that you have no clinical the next day..........so I don't think you did one thing wrong......I think yes maybe you are being ridden for no good reason......just very matter of factly ask " Is there a problem?" maybe it's just personality clash...so anything you say or do she will be on you for it........you can't please everyone..and just fight the write up if you feel you did nothing wrong.....good luck
  5. by   locolorenzo22
    How can they make the decision over our personal lives? If you were working the night before clinical, going there after work, instead of being off 2-3 nights before, YES that's an issue. But, you're off, resting, not staying up all night before you come in(right?). Have you made any patient care errors that can be blamed on your work? If not, I'd tell her that it's obviously not an issue with your work schedule, but you personally. How could she write you up for that?
    I'd fight it if she wrote me up, it does NOT impact the care you give. She might think that you work nights all the time, or that you stay up all night the night before clinical......
    Geez, give a little power and it goes right to the head.
  6. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    If night shift was bad for school, then i would have been screwed. No, it was not an ideal situation for me, but there wasnt much of a choice.

    (However, i didn't work the nights before i had clinical)
    Last edit by Marie_LPN, RN on Sep 23, '06
  7. by   BeccaznRN
    Quote from KellieNurse06
    didn't want any students working the 3rd shift the night before clinical for safety reasons
    This has always been the policy in my nursing program, and I agree 100%. Other than that, what students do on their own time is their business. We have many students who work night shifts, and some even work nights and come directly to lecture class the following morning. Instructors don't care as long as the students stay awake (which they all do).

    I suggest looking at your nursing program's policy to see if it says anything about students working night shift. If you can't find it, point that out to your instructor and tell her what I just said....what you do outside of class/clinical is none of her business. If she writes you up again, take the issue up the chain of command.
  8. by   wileoutgirl
    I have an interview next week for a 3rd shift position on a cardiac unit and I start school in January. Is it hard to balance to two or to make sure that you're not working the night before clinicals? I'll be doing 12 hour shift so going to class after work hopefully won't be a problem but I wouldn't trust myself going straight to clinical
  9. by   Lisa CCU RN
    Our schools policy is that you can't work nights the night directly before a clinical.
  10. by   Deliasgone
    "Our schools policy is that you can't work nights the night directly before a clinical."

    That's our school's policy, too. They do try to encourage you not to work full time, but they can't force you not to work and they can't decide what shifts you work. I would look in your school's nursing handbook for policies concerning work. I would also either go back to your teacher or to the department head about the write-up if there is no police clearly stating that no nursing student can work thrid shift AT ALL and get the write-up erased from your record. I think at my school if you get two write-ups you are kicked out.

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