How do you reward yourself after a tough shift?


Just for fun. :D Do you ever reward yourself after a tough shift, patient, patient load, weekend, night, etc?

I like to get Starbucks on the way home. It's about once every two weeks but when I start to feel frazzled after a round of admissions on night shift it gives me something to look forward to.


26 Posts

Specializes in CVICU. Has 1 years experience.

On exceptionally bad nights or to celebrate a birthday or someone's last shift we will go to the bar after work for a drink. The bar is packed with hospital workers every time we've gone. I've only been 3 times in about 1.5 years but its soo much fun. Nothing tastes better than a beer at 8am ;)

Or we will go out to breakfast and just get so slap happy cause we are so tired. We always tip extra well cause we are so loud and obnoxious laughing the whole time and telling gross work stories. Haha

Specializes in Orthopedic, LTC, STR, Med-Surg, Tele.

Yesss! We always talk about going out for breakfast & drinks on nights but then by the time we all get done giving report most of us have gone our separate ways and are ready for shower and sleep.


411 Posts

A hot shower, my bed, and the fan on.

Tait, MSN, RN

6 Articles; 2,140 Posts

Specializes in Acute Care Cardiac, Education, Prof Practice. Has 16 years experience.

Breakfast after a rough night shift. Starbucks for sure. Last day for the week and I have been know to get a nice pedicure too.

On night shift, breakfast and beer. On day shift, Mexican food and margaritas!

canesdukegirl, BSN, RN

8 Articles; 2,543 Posts

Specializes in Trauma Surgery, Nursing Management. Has 14 years experience.

A am so teed up after a difficult shift that I can't relax.

When I get the first signs that it's going to be a rough day, I start thinking about what sort of wonderful dinner I can come up with. Then I make a list of all the ingredients I need, and make plans to go to the market on the way home.

Cooking relaxes me, and thinking about munching on a perfectly baked flounder, or digging into a rich lasagne, or cutting into a perfectly roasted chicken keeps me in a positive mindset.

I also get some of my angst out by gardening. It's so nice to plant little seedlings and watch them flourish!

Thankfully, my hubby is also in the medical field, so it helps to vent over a chilled glass of Chard while sitting out in the English garden.

KelRN215, BSN, RN

1 Article; 7,349 Posts

Specializes in Pedi. Has 16 years experience.

Ice cream. :yes:

Specializes in NICU, ICU, PICU, Academia. Has 46 years experience.


Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology. Has 7 years experience.

Days: I usually get in my PJs and catch up on my shows. If I have dessert available, even better.

Nights: Sleep and lots of it.

Blue Roses

116 Posts

Specializes in Rehab, Med-surg, Neuroscience. Has 4 years experience.

I like cooking a nice dinner for myself and watching tv while I fall asleep. If I get off on time, I like to go shopping!

MN-Nurse, ASN, RN

1,398 Posts

Specializes in Med Surg - Renal.
Just for fun. :D Do you ever reward yourself after a tough shift, patient, patient load, weekend, night, etc?

I go home.

On the way, sometimes I reflect on the fact that not too many people could get through what I just did and be ready to do it again tomorrow. I know the me that existed 10 or 15 years could not have done it.

I think about how the experience made me better at my job, better able to help other patients and coworkers through similar times.

I think about how much I like this job.