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Night shift naps

A BIG no-no...but some RN's still do it. And, for the most part get by with it. HOW? It is embarrassing to the unit when there is a float nurse not to mention the alarms answered on their behalf. Noone wants to be a snitch, but it's always the same people...night after night.

Management must know about the problem, but what is done. I know discipline is sometimes unknown, but come on. I get tired too. I have kids too. I plan accordingly, so that I can sleep...for the most part.

These are my friends/co-workers. It's not fair for morale between night shift and day shift to be torn down because of a few offenders. Yes, they know.

How is this handeled in your unit?

traumaRUs, MSN, APRN, CNS

Has 27 years experience. Specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU.

When I worked in a hospital, I worked in the ER either 1900-0700 or 1500-0300. If we had time to sleep, management would have thought we had too much staff - lol. Absolutely no time to sleep. I have also worked in adult ICU on nights and again - no time to sleep.

IMHO - folks that sleep at work, don't need a job that bad! And...if it was my child or family member they were responsible for, they could get out nursing too.

lannisz

Has 8 years experience. Specializes in primary care, pediatrics, OB/GYN, NICU.

At the last hospital I worked on night shift, med/surg, there was a "long-timer" who would often dissappear into an empty patient room and go to sleep. It wasn't break or anything, he would just go away. Then, about 5 am he would suddenly appear again and have tons of stuff to get done on his patients before dayshift arrived. He would throw a hissy fit and stress out because he had so much to do...I thought it was ridiculous, but people always scrambled to help him catch up. They enabled his behavior so to speak. I had one of my patients code right before I was about to go on a scheduled break one night - I shudder to think what would have happened if I hadn't checked on her right then...and what if she'd been "long-timer's" patient? If I get a break, I am always close by and let people know exactly where I'll be. I usually walk some quick laps outside. The fresh air, especially at night, wakes me right up.

RainDreamer, BSN, RN

Has 13 years experience. Specializes in NICU.

You say it's a BIG no-no, so I'm assuming you mean when they're actually working and not on break/lunch.

We don't have a problem with this on our unit because it's not tolerated.

There's quite a few people that will sleep on their lunch break though and I see no problem with that. As long as they're on break and have someone else covering their assignment, then that's fine. But they don't tolerate it if we're not on break.

And plus, our unit is way too busy/noisy for anyone to sleep! There's no way I could ever sleep on the unit, no matter how tired I am.

Tiny1Nisolet

Specializes in NICU.

There is no sleeping on my unit either...well except for the babies, of course. We do have nurses that sleep on their lunch break, however. I do not have a problem with it. Sometimes all you need is a 15 minute cat nap to get you through the rest of the shift. Everyone comes back from break on time and the babies are cared for by others while nurses are out.

I can not imagine staff sleeping out in the unit. I think it is unprofessional to say the least.

Well glad to see 'not tolerated' is the common thread for night sleeping.

Clarify...'Sleep' is head down with drool, but nap to me is head in hand, eyes closed, but aware of surrounding events, ie alarms. Those "nappers" do their job, I think quality of care is there, but it just looks bad to appear to be inattentive. There are so many alarms. The get there quick ones will send any nurse into addrenalin rush, but the KVO's, leads loose, Pox 1%into alarm seem to be answered slower by the napper. This can wake the other patients and cause others to stop what they are doing to help.

I can't say the dissappearing thing is an issue. How do people do that?

OK...my question is are they Really sleeping? I used to think some nurses were sleeping too and before I worked nights it really bugged me. I now know ussually the nurses have their eyes closed but are still listening (I've done this myself).

There is once & a while when a nurse does fall asleep...but they say they are taking 10 mins and there are NO parents around and the staff in the room know to watch. I don't really like this but it does happen...I think you should leave the room...or go for a short walk.

Otherwise...I have absolutely NO PROBLEM with a nurse taking a nap if this is their specific break time...as long as it is the appropriate room. Believe me know that I work straight nights I have a deeper understanding.

What I as a night nurse Hate is when the day shift people are cronically late! Just really upsets me and I do call them on that.

What I as a night nurse Hate is when the day shift people are cronically late! Just really upsets me and I do call them on that.

That's a two way street, Kitty.

That's a two way street, Kitty.

Oh yes....but see I'm one of those people who is always early....but cronic lateless is so rude! Whatever you're shift or occupation.

Oh yes....but see I'm one of those people who is always early....but cronic lateless is so rude! Whatever you're shift or occupation.

Oh I see you said it twice...so I thought I would too! ;)

RainDreamer, BSN, RN

Has 13 years experience. Specializes in NICU.

Sometimes things are posted twice, not on purpose :)

I agree, chronic lateness is rude, day or night shifters.

Sometimes things are posted twice, not on purpose :)

You do realize I WAS kidding don't ya??!!

nicunurse2004

Specializes in nicu.

We have 2 night nurses that have been known to sit in the recliners of our patents cubby room and act like they are charting when they are actually napping. Our nurse managers are aware of the situation and have alerted our night supervisor to change up her normal routine times of visiting our unit in order to catch these nurses who have fallen asleep. We do have recliners in our breakroom in which a few of the night nurses will nap while on there break which is allowed as long as we are sure to return from out breaks on time. I have found that if I take a nap on my breaks I am to tired to function fro the rest of the shift, I either go for a long walk with one of my coworkers or we all talk and watch some of the late night news or movies that might be on while on our breaks. If you are cocerned about your coworkers disapearing and sleeping or even just sleeping when not on a break I would bring it to someones attention because if something horrible were to happen they might sleep through it or make a mistake because they are not fully awake to function and we need to watch out for our babies first not our coworkers.

RainDreamer, BSN, RN

Has 13 years experience. Specializes in NICU.

I have found that if I take a nap on my breaks I am to tired to function fro the rest of the shift, I either go for a long walk with one of my coworkers or we all talk and watch some of the late night news or movies that might be on while on our breaks.

I'm the same way! I just get more tired if I take a nap on my lunch break. We usually get an hour for lunch, so some people will take a nice hour long nap. I wish I could do that, but I can't. It just makes me more sleepy! I do like you said .... go for a walk or watch some TV.

A BIG no-no...but some RN's still do it. And, for the most part get by with it. HOW? It is embarrassing to the unit when there is a float nurse not to mention the alarms answered on their behalf. Noone wants to be a snitch, but it's always the same people...night after night.

Management must know about the problem, but what is done. I know discipline is sometimes unknown, but come on. I get tired too. I have kids too. I plan accordingly, so that I can sleep...for the most part.

These are my friends/co-workers. It's not fair for morale between night shift and day shift to be torn down because of a few offenders. Yes, they know.

How is this handeled in your unit?

Do you mean that these nurses take naps outside of their allotted break time? Because on my unit, most of us DO take naps, but they are ALWAYS during our breaktimes (1 hr), and we all have "buddies" who cover us during our break and vice versa. It's very organized this way, and lets everyone (usually, unless all hell is breaking loose) have their breaks, which are sooo important during a 12 hr shift. But ya'll know that!

kellerpatty

Has 2 years experience. Specializes in Burn ICU, Psych, PACU.

Hi:

I work 12.5 to 13 hr (sometimes turns into 14 hour) shifts at night and I'm too busy to sleep (or nap or whatever word you want to use for unconsciousness). Breaks, lunch? You mean I'm supposed to get breaks and a lunch? I'm going to check into that...

P.S. I have never seen any of my co-workers even close to sleeping or napping...

prmenrs, RN

Has 42 years experience. Specializes in NICU, Infection Control.

I have been called for an emergency night shift (late in the day, "Please can you work tonight"). I'll say yes, but tell them up front I'll need a nap. That isn't a problem if they're desparate!!

I'll just go into the parent room for 30min to an hour, they'll come and get me if there is a problem, adn they don't mind. They are happy they are not working short!

But I think that's a different situation than what you're describing, which is a chronic abuse thing. I'd suggest taking that up the chain a bit. If they are willing to tolerate it, than you're stuck.

PANurseRN1

Specializes in Day Surgery/Infusion/ED.

When I worked in a hospital, I worked in the ER either 1900-0700 or 1500-0300. If we had time to sleep, management would have thought we had too much staff - lol. Absolutely no time to sleep. I have also worked in adult ICU on nights and again - no time to sleep.

IMHO - folks that sleep at work, don't need a job that bad! And...if it was my child or family member they were responsible for, they could get out nursing too.

Interesting that it's OK for docs in the ED to sleep. Their job is so much harder, though, poor things are probably exhausted from all the stress.

If it's on your break, then I guess it shouldn't be a problem, so long as you don't oversleep or need to be woken up. Your break time should be yours.

NICU_3_RN

Has 6 years experience. Specializes in NICU, ER/Trauma.

the only person I work with on my unit that actually pulls up a chair and takes an actual nap ON THE UNIT is my assistant night manager. Annoys me to no end that she has no problem with it, especially while others are running their rear ends off. And you KNOW if someone else did the same thing, their job would be history.

I have no problem with closing your eyes in the break room on break, but the sleeping ON THE UNIT in front of everyone is rude, disrespectful and unsafe.

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