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Night Shifters - Am I being too sensitive?

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hppygr8ful has 15 years experience and specializes in Psych, Addictions, Elder Care, L&D.

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When I worked night shift we were basically required to lower our tone of voice and respect the sleep patterns of our patients. in one facility the overhead would play Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and the lights would automatically go down. That was our signal to be quiet.

When I was in the hospital for 11 weeks in 2012 they also had an afternoon quiet time from 1 to 3:30 pm during which lights were lowered, staff was quiet and visiting was discouraged. I loved that afternoon nap best of all.

All that being said I believe some people don't realize how loud they really are! Sometimes a gentle reminder and modeling the desired behavior is all that's necessary.

Hppy

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I have several nurses who really favor working the night shift and these are their reasons:

1. You only have very light meals or no meals during your shift.

2. You only have to do personal care, regular nursing measurements, and charting and whatever else that is needed to do.

3. You can concentrate more on the charting aspects which is a big help.

I believe that the night shift is a good shift to work and that is why a lot of nurses prefer it.

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No, you are not being too sensitive. The night shift is hard work. I know that people only work the night shift because they like doing it. I really can't work the night shift due to medication that I take that makes me sleepy; however I have a friend who only works the night shift and she tells me that she really enjoys working the night shift because it helps her be with her kids and she enjoys having the whole day to herself.

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A lot of people are happy to work the night shift because of the following things:

1. They get to catch up on paper work.

2. They get to do some research regarding their patients prognosis.

3. They get to watch the patients and see how they are doing.

Overall, the night shift is a great place to work.

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