long term night shift work versus health - page 5
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Oct 18, '05Occupation: RN PACU, Private Practice in Massage Therapy & Healing Touch Specialty: Cardiac/Vascular & Healing Touch ; Joined: Apr '03; Posts: 590; Likes: 29thanks alot Froggy!!
Oct 18, '05Joined: Sep '05; Posts: 148; Likes: 6Quote from cathwaveshi , where i work nurses work 2 twelve hour days and then 2 twelve hour nights. i think this shift is really hard on your health. Best to do days or nights but not both....any one else familiar with 2 days, 2 nights...doing a paper , let me know. northern nurse
WOW! And I thought it was hard to work 12 hour days, switching to 12 hour nights every two weeks! I can't believe you do it all in one week. That CAN'T be healthy or safe!
Oct 18, '05Occupation: Critical Care Joined: Aug '00; Posts: 2,629; Likes: 20I have to disagree, I love night shift it seems so natural to me. I have trouble sleeping at night and feel physically ill when I have to work daylight so for some of us night shift is the norm.
Jan 4, '11Occupation: Registered Nurse Specialty: 10 year(s) of experience in telemetry, cardiopulmonary stepdown, LTC ; From: US ; Joined: Apr '05; Posts: 164; Likes: 82I started nights at a LTC facility about a month ago. Prior to that I was pretty unhappy on a critical care floor in a hospital, doing 3 days a week, driving an hour to get there. I wasn't sure how nights would work for me, plus I chose a weekend opt where I would lose my weekend time with the family. I discovered several things: the lowered stress from going from critical care in the hospital to LTC is fantastic! Also, nights are super because I don't have to deal with most doctors, most family, etc. We have our challenges, and busy nights, but it's still nothing at all like it was in the hospital. I am not a type A, so I am thankful I finally found a pace that works for me better. As for the weekend part, I work from 6:30p-7am, two days a week, 6 minutes from my home, and make as much as I did in three days at the hospital, and I don't have the two hour-round trip drive. Fantastic! I just make sure to make time with family during my FIVE days off! WHOO HOO!
I come home after a work night, eat breakfast, spend a little time with the kids and hubby before they go to school and work, and then fall into bed when everyone is gone, about 8AM. I use a white noise maker, and block as much light as I can from the windows. I sleep, most days, pretty well. I get up about 3-4 pm, and have two hours before I have to leave for work, so I can get ready slowly. When my weekend shifts are over, I usually stay up at night until 3AM rather than 8AM so that I can have more time with my family during the days and see some daylight. It has been really great to me and this schedule is the best!
I think stress in a day job can take just as much time, if not more, off your life as those who have problems with night shift. It just depends on the person. For me, I always enjoyed nighttime a lot and I get the best of both worlds with so much time off between work days. On Friday, I just make sure I stay up until 7AM so I can get back into the sleep schedule I'll need for the weekend. You have to see what works for you!
Jan 5, '11Joined: Jun '10; Posts: 9,772; Likes: 39,266It's cool, HoosierNurse, how you retrieved this thread from 2003 to 2005 and chimed in with the last to post!
Since we're talking about working the Night Shift, I'll put in My Story: I get to have the advantage of being able to turn the clock appproximately 12 hours the other way and keep My Life on a Midnight Schedule.
Having no Children or other Family Members I affect no one else's schedule. My Significant Other, Belinda, is a Midnight Nurse. And a few of my Friends also work the midnight Shift, so I'm not at a loss for companionship.
As far as my health goes, I feel better working Midnights at age 53 than I did working Straight Days at age 35. I sleep about 8 hours a day (12 noon to 8pm) and exercise at least five times a week. I eat right and get all my Basic Physiological Needs met on a regular basis.
I think one of the most unhealthy things about working Midnights is trying to live in a Day World. That's hard on the Ol' Bod. Hopefully, I've found the key: Adjust One's Routine to fit One's Work. It works for me.