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Night Shift For Newbies

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Not everyone LIKES night shift, but all of us can survive it and many (if not most) of us have to work it at one time or another. Here's how to survive. You are reading page 5 of Night Shift For Newbies. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

LJ85 works as a RN.

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Thanks for all the tips. I am scared about the drive home more than anything else. I have an hour commute, and am freaked out about the driving. Does anyone take a quick nap in the car before driving home, or does the sleepy feeling hit halfway through your commute?

3 words: 5 hour energy

For real. I was never one for much caffeine or jittery stuff but it works

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3 words: 5 hour energy

for real. i was never one for much caffeine or jittery stuff but it works

the 5 hour energy works, however, don't drink more than it's recommended or you'll end up in a mess :bugeyes:

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Hate the night shift! Not worth it for me. You miss everything going on because the rest of the world is off when you are sleeping/working. I always felt tired, no matter how much sleep I got. Less staff on nights, and when someone called off they often weren't replaced so we were always running short. Staff is mostly new grads. Didn't feel safe to me. Manangement didn't respect nights, always had meetings in the midle of the day or education days at 8AM-4PM. Always forgot about the night staff when vendors would drop off stuff, (they even forgot about nights the first night of Nurses week when the whole hospital was offered cookies.) That tells you how much the respect you. The only good thing is that nights usually work well as a team. Add up the shift differental and see if the extra $2-5K is really worth it.

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as i stated previously on this subject, i don't hate the night shift however, i bow to all the night shift staff around the world, for the simple reason that my body wouldn't or couldn't for whatever the reason subject myself to stay up the entire shift :zzzzz therefore, i switch to days...as i bow :bowingpur to all of my colleagues on the night shift.....aloha~

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very informative article, thanks so much for the tips! I am taking your advice and going to go to bed now so I am energized for my next shift and can get some things done before my next shift. Doesn't matter what shift you are working, you need rest and food, along with keeping hyrdated.

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Loved my nurses when I was in the hospital but I wish they would have not been so noisy at night when the patients were trying to sleep. Yes, the hospital is not the Hilton but you'd think the nurses would have a little more consideration for patients. We are not in the hospital because we want to be; either we have just had surgery or were admitted for some other medical reason. We need our sleep and don't need to be kept awake by rude and loud nurses chit chatting about their weekend plans or what they had for dinner.

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I want to become a CNA, or I should say, I think I want to become a CNA. I was wondering if perhaps a hospital or nursing home would let me volunteer, to see if that's the type of job for me.

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One more thought/question, when a patient expires/dies, is it the responsibility of a CNA to ? what? what does a CNA do in a case of death? What are they responsible for?

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4 new hirees came in for orientation today 2 RN's and 1 LPN, and 1 CNA, and all 4 are for the night shift, I still give these nurses props for being able manage the grave-yard shift....Aloha~

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One more thought/question, when a patient expires/dies, is it the responsibility of a CNA to ? what? what does a CNA do in a case of death? What are they responsible for?

I would say postmortem care, notifying the nurse, and if you have good coworkers they will help you. It's never an easy job. I was a CNA before nursing and I know how hard the job is, props to you guys!

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I want to become a CNA, or I should say, I think I want to become a CNA. I was wondering if perhaps a hospital or nursing home would let me volunteer, to see if that's the type of job for me.

Lol if you volunteer you might decide against it. Just jump in if you wanna do it. It's a very demanding job but also rewarding. You may not always get the appreciation you deserve but you are the back bone of the facility.

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The 5 hour energy works, however, don't drink more than it's recommended or you'll end up in a mess :bugeyes:

Ut oh lol

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