long term night shift work versus health - page 3

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  1. by   healingtouchRN
    It's strange, I've been on nites for 18+ years, have worked days mixed with that too....which is what I do now, I love the nite people, a different breed. But when I am off, I am up early, walking, doing chores, I just need to be doing something. I do feel nites wearing on my bones. We do so much with so little help. We are expected to do ALL the baths, with no PCT (CNA) to help, & you know how fun that is to bath an obese trached, vented, swaned pt by yourself!!!! I feel drained each morning, & find myself getting off later & later to get the paper work done, (did I say I was a charge nurse too???) No sympathy from the powers that be, the attitude is shape up or ship out! Boy do I look for that ship in the want ads!!! But I do love nites!!!!! Is the sun up yet? :chuckle
  2. by   GLDLPN
    Hello Everyone!

    I am a night shift worker (7p-7a). I have worked nights most all of my nursing career. 11-7 for the first 18 years, then 7p-7a for 3 years, then 3-11 for a couple years, now I'm back on 7p-7a shift.

    I have heard about how working nights cuts years off your life. I am wondering if the stress you experience from working the day shift, and having to deal with the difficult families, nasty doctors and other frustrating situations might not have some kind of effect also.

    I am having trouble sleeping at night on my nights off. I am hoping that that will work out in time. Except for the sleep thing, I am basically happy and I feel much less stressed working nights. The sleep thing is kind of frustrating, because there are things I need/want to do that just can't be done at night. And some things I just can see better to do in the daylight. Also, for some of the stuff I need to do, I feel like my mind isn't as sharp in the middle of the night.

    Some people have suggested keeping the same schedule even on my nights off ~ something to consider. Like someone else here mentioned, I feel like I need the sunshine.

  3. by   proud2basn

    i tried working nights twice. Once in a factory, where I only made it one night, and once at a LTC facility, where I made it two nights. I could not handle it. I cried & cried in the evenings before i had to be at work at the LTC. My husband & I are used to sleeping at the same time, if we are not in bed together then neither of us can sleep. The whole second day in the evening I worked LTC we slept. Not healthy for either of us. So, yes night shift work can have an effect on your health, especially your emotional health. It absolutely depresses me.
  4. by   purplemania
    research medical journals. I read a study years ago (sorry, can't cite reference) in which healthy college males were sleep deprived to see what effect it had. BP went up and so did glucose. They stopped study, reviewed subjects several months later and they STILL had hi BP/BS, even after getting on regular day schedule. Hypothesis was that immune system was shot. I loved working nights but quit when dx with diabetes. Much better control now.
  5. by   wif411
    Thanks for all the input. I am trying to get it all together. I think I am getting through to the hubbie and the kids. I will post again and let you all know
  6. by   SaintsFan1
    Hi ya'll ! I've worked 7p-7a for so long, it is just second-nature for me, but I am a night owl. I did try the day shift thing, gave it a good try--2 years. Hated every minute of it. Had to force myself to get out of bed in the mornings and now I just say no if asked to pull one. You have to know you're own body and you have to learn to listen to what it tells you. It's even better to work 12's because you have much more time to live your LIFE!!!
  7. by   sbic56
    Originally posted by wif411
    Thanks for all the input. I am trying to get it all together. I think I am getting through to the hubbie and the kids. I will post again and let you all know
    Hope things are smoothing out for you. I was just about where you are at one point and it sure ain't easy!:kiss
  8. by   tattooednursie
    I love nights, but all I do is work then sleep all day.
  9. by   PokyNursing
    I've been bouncing NOC to Swing and back again the past few weeks and considering NOC full time. ON average I'll get six hours a day sleep and on day off (today) slept ten hours straight.
    For schooling what shift would you recomend?
  10. by   Paige Turner RN
  11. by   wif411
    I was putting darling hubbie through school. Yet, he has a cogential nerve problem in his spine and we realized that withe the meds he is on he will not be employable in medical field. He withdraw from school with all a's and at the top of each class. He is now stock trading and being Mr. Mom to our 8 and15yr old. He takes them to school, does the picking up and the homework. I usually get home in time enough to kiss them goodbye. He has done all the christmas shopping andis enjoying spending time with me and the kids. He does all the housework---except cooking bbbig dinners. He does the grocery shopping and will heat up a ton of stouffers every night. I love it. He is not in as musch pain, he is able to contribbbbbbute; he is abbbbbbbbbbbbbble to be there with the kids---who at 15yrs old(boy) and 8 yrs (girl) they need him. It works well with my nights. He likes night better than days for me. He often calls me before he goes to bbbbbbbbbbbbbed at 12-1 am.
    well write me back.
    gotta go child up with bad dream---it is saturday and i am off.
    with love and prayers,
  12. by   SavageWist
    i have always been a night owl so the night shift is for me.....and with the stress of nursing i would not have a job if it were not for nights.....durning day shift there are too many chiefs and not enough indians.....
  13. by   night owl
    Get this. I've worked nights for 6 years now. Suddenly all shifts now have to rotate. I will be doing a week of 6am-2:30. I swore I'd never work day shift again. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr! I am so angry over this I could just . . . .!