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    I have been a nurse for nearly 30 years and almost all of it has been on the night shift. It was 11PM to 7:30 AM to start then it was changed to 12.5 hour shifts hour shifs. I love the 12 hour night shifts. I workred MED/SURG, the CCU and currently have been in E.D. for about 13 0r 14 years. I work in a small rural hospital. If the ED is busy, all the other departments are busy Lab, XRAY, Resp. Therapy, Med/ Surg because we send them admissions. We usually have a lot of patients when we get to work at 1800 and sometimes it doesn't stop. i work with great people. We all jump in and help each other, no matter what has to be done and that would include helping on the Med/Surg floor if needed. We have slower nights on occassion and when that happens we may try to sit down and eat our meal in one sitting so it doesn't get cold. We do extra cleaning nd other things, We always do patient teaching with discharge and explain things to our patients and their families. There have been people throughout the year that have said that "Night shift does nothing". That statement is simply not true.
    Try working the shift before judging it. You may find out that it's not so bad. You will learn a lot.

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    So sorry for your loss JENSMOM7. Hope you find some comfort in the times that come.

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    LSEARL;
    I sent you a PM this evening. If you have anymore questions, let me know. Sorry it took so long to get beck to you. I haven't been on since the last time. Take Care.

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    Hi
    It's me again. I also forgot to mention that we can monitor up to six telemetry patients on the Med/Surg floor.

    Bye again,
    Sue

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    Hi Everyone,
    I work in a rural hospital approximately 35 miles south of Buffalo, and I don't plan on leaving until they lock the doors either. We have 28 bed Med/Surg, 4 bed CCU/ICU, 7-bed ER, and OR. We no longer have Maternity. New ER built and opened in July of 2002. I work in the CCU, but also float to ER and Med/Surg. Work 1800-0630. Like you, our census goes up and down, however, we've been quite busy this year. Much busier than last year. I love where I work. The night crew is great. We always help each other, have lots of fun and laughs, and there's always somehting good to eat. Our Supervisors are great. They always pitch in to help when needed. Usually staff of eight plus ER doc. Our Docs. are really good too. As I said I love where I work. It's so nice to take care of the people in your community. You get to know them on a much more personal level as you see them outside of the hospital as well. I lived in Buffalo up until 8 years ago, and once we moved here, I would never consider going back. If something happened to this hospital, I too, would look for another rural hospital. Most all the staff is also from the surrounding areas. There are nights when I start out in CCU, then to Med/Surg or ER. I like doing different things and keeping busy for the most part. And you have the benefit of gaining experience in different departments.
    Very seldom do I get called off.
    Hope everyone is well and enjoying their jobs.

    Bye,
    Sue

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    Hi.
    I work in a small hospital-CCU 6pm-6:30am, also float quite a bit to ER. CCU- MIs, CVAs, ODs, Resp. distress-ventilators, some post-ops,....ER same as above with trauma, allergic reactions, CHFers, COPDers, Psychs, Frequent Flyers, general illnesses, Because were a small hospital, some get shipped via ambulance or chopper when stabilized. For a small place, we keep quite busy. The ones that stay go to Med/Surg, Tele, or CCU.

    Have a good one,
    Sue

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    I, too, do not have a problem with visitors staying longer or more than allowed depending on what's going on with the patient. I work in a small rural hospital, 4 bed CCU, with 6 telemetry monitors. I work 6pm - 6am. When we come into work, we ask family members to leave while we get report, and we explain that this is done for confidentiality reasons. So far, everyone I have dealt with has been fairly compliant. When we have a critical patient, the family is allowed to see their loved one, two at a time and briefly. I tell them (and I firmly believe this) that the patient needs rest. It is essential for their recovery. Of course this is after we have stabalized them. I try to explain to them when there are so many visitors, it affects the patient, and this can be seen from just watching the monitors.
    As I said most are compliant, but a few get huffy at times, and we try to assure them that as soon as we're done with report and assessments, etc. are done, we will invite them back in, unless, of course, the poops hittin' the fan.
    And if loved one is a DNR, they can stay as long as they want, with the exception of report time.

    Have a good one,

    Sue

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    I work in a small rural hospital 6pm-6am in CCU and float a lot to ER.

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    Congratulations to you and your entire family. Kathryn Victoria is beautiful. Beer for everybody.

    Sue

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    Lisa,

    Hope all goes well for you this next week. I'm sure you'll do a great job.

    Sue

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    Love the picture. I LMAO.

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    Dear Anne,

    I am so very sorry for what you and your family is going through and will have to go through. Telling a child about a loved one's death is so very hard. I would be as honest as I could when you tell your daughter. However I don't think she's at an age to understand about ETOH and all of its effects, and why people choose to drink. You say your daughter adored her, and I'm sure it was mutual. I would try not to diminish that. Let her keep her positive thoughts, and when she is older, she will be able to understand more fully the ramifications of alcohol use and abuse. Hopefully in time the rest of the family will be able to talk about this issue. Maybe some couseling. I truly hope things work out well for all of you. Keep us posted. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Sue.

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    Hi Zee,

    Good luck with your interview. I'm sure it will go well for you. It sounds as though they were already interested in you.

    Sue

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    Hi everyone,

    I've been working nights for 15 years, and wouldn't think of changing. Worked 11p-7:30a 5 nights a week. Now I work 6p-6:30am 3 nights a week. It's great. I work in a small rural hospital with some great people. Everyone is always willing to help, including our nurse manager on nights. There's nothing she won't do. I agree with the other posts as far as the cohesiveness and the food. We always manage to have some fun along the way, too. I worked med/surg and now I work in CCU. I get more sleep now than I did when the kids were small.
    I'm also an EMT for our Vol. Fire Dept. So sometimes I get woken up after 3-4 hours of sleep for a call, and it's hard to get back to sleep sometimes. Oh well. I'm definitely a night owl. It must be my payback for all the nights I stayed out partying when I was single. I even stay up late most nights when I'm home just to enjoy the quiet.

    Have a good one,

    Sue

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    Hi everyone,

    I will encourage my children(4 of them)to be whatever they want to be. So far, none of them have expressed a desire to become a nurse. If one of them does, I will encourage them. I love what I do, and have always wanted to be a nurse. My thoughts are that you could made a great deal of money, but if you don't like what you do, then why bother? While I would like more money, who wouldn't, I lvoe what I do. And while some nights suck, this happens at every job. I rather be paid what I'm paid and enjoy what I'm doing, and that's what I try to instill in my children. Enjoy what you do cause you gotta do for a long time.

    Have a good one,
    Sue


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