Coworkers that SLEEP on the job....arrrggghh!!!

  1. Okay, here's the happened where I worked before, (nothing was done)
    it's happening where I work now, (the bosses know and don't do anything) and there's really
    NOTHING I can do about it, but I just need to VENT!!

    It is SO annoying and infuriating to me that some of my coworkers get away with SLEEPING while sitting
    upright in a nurse's station, *OR*, even better, they sneak off somewhere for a little nap.
    SOME charge nurses make them clock out and go home, but most do not. Where I used to work,
    ONE time caught sleeping was IMMEDIATE termination; but again-----they let it slide many times.

    I walk the hallways, I slam down coffee, I go chat with people on other floors, I offer to turn/ change
    with the aides, I go listen to a patient who is lonely and wants to talk my ear off in the wee hours of
    the night, I clean the breakroom......WHATEVER I can to stay awake!

    And NOW, OH. MY. GOSH.....when I didn't think it could get ANY worse, one of our new coworkers
    is on her tiny iphone alllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll night long, playing online ------and NO ONE DOES

    I would LOVE to nap and play online all night, but's NOT ALLOWED! I would be so EMBARRASSED
    to be so unprofessional! I keep telling myself "get OVER it, life aint fair"!! But like I said, just wanted to
    VENT and see how many of you have these same coworkers................UGH!!!
    Last edit by nervousnurse on Jan 16, '09 : Reason: better paragraphs for easier reading! LOL!
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  3. by   BroadwayRN
    That definately doesn't happen where I work, but some do play computer games for hours, or so Ive been told.
  4. by   Whispera
    how about a report, anonymously, to the executive director?
  5. by   nervousnurse
    Yes, I am seriously considering a nice anonymous letter ....but again, will they REALLY do anything?
    Maybe...? This one girl sleeps on and off throughout the shift, saying how she only got two hours of sleep that day............OH.MY.GOSH......switch to DAYS, for the love of all that's holy!!!!!
  6. by   ciber-1
    do not look to others be GOOD yourself.
  7. by   caliotter3
    When that kind of behavior is intrenched and you know nothing has been done about it, the only choices you have are to deal with it or find an employer that does not allow sleeping on night shift. I share your views on the subject and have also worked in places where sleeping was condoned. Something amusing (?), a co-worker went to the DON and told her that the house supervisor was sleeping. The DON raided the facility one night, (all were warned by the snitch), and soon thereafter fired the house supervisor. Amusing that the person who told the DON about the supervisor, slept every night herself, for the entire shift, except for her med passes and she cheated on them too.
  8. by   NurseLoveJoy88
    I used to be a sitter at a hospital... My eyes were bone dry, so I closed them for a few seconds, however I was Fully alert and oriented times 3, my pt. was sleep and safe. The charge nurse came in, and so that my eyes was shut, I immediately opened them, she didn't have to call my name because I was fully awake. She told be to clock out and go home. So I guess it depends on where you work, at that hospital sleeping wasn't tolerated at all.
    When I work at another hospital, I caught a nurse sleeping at the nursing station, I took a pic of her, and thought about showing it to her supervisor. But I didn't, but I did think about it
  9. by   classicdame
    If there is a policy against this then the house sup or HR needs to be informed, assuming the dept director is aware. The ones who were chronic on my shift were the ones who tried to live a "normal" life during the day and then push through the night shift. Priorities out of order IMHO
  10. by   barbyann
    I make it quite clear to my co-workers that if a tragedy should ever happen, like a suicide, a code that is short staffed, a patient wanders out of the hospital, and I am asked by a lawyer to recount that night, that I will tell it like it is. "Nurse xyz was sleeping and not available to the pt. and staff". Sleeping on the job is neglect. We are being paid to monitor the unit, with all of our senses, while on the clock. Anything less than that is actionable. I then recount three stories I am aware of that involve pt deaths secondary to sleeping staff. Two did jail time. That usually sobers up the staff quick.
  11. by   kcochrane
    Our staff takes turn taking a break and gets a quick nap in. I think that is legimate since it is their break to do as they wish. And I don't have an issue when someone nods off now and then. But trying to get your sleep in during your shift is just not right. I find the problem comes that many think night shift is a way to sneak more hours in the day and they don't get the sleep then need during the day. The worst offender that has since moved on complained every shift about how the night shift was not natural and no one should be expected to stay awake...that is when she was awake. Of course you find out later that she is not sleeping during the day, but doing other things. Meanwhile those of use that were awake were working full time, going to school and taking care of family. Go figure. We had one other staff member that slept through one of our residents escaping.
    I know the night shift is really not a good thing for some people. Some cannot sleep during the day. But then it is to their best interest to get off nights as soon as possible.
  12. by   Pepperlady
    It doesn't bother me if someone naps on their break at night, we get an hour and 45 minutes total, some group it together and take a longer break and nap, others, like me, take a couple of shorter breaks, but I may still doze off for it.

    I don't see people dozing off at the desk and I think its because we take our breaks and refresh ourselves with a quick nap.

    Of course the understanding is that if something comes in then we go and get them. Some staff go home for their breaks, seems no different to me than having a quick nap and not being available.
  13. by   Whispera
    I'm thinking that if you know someone is sleeping on the job, and you don't do something about it, and something bad does happen to a patient, YOU might be held legally liable. I think I'd want to put it in writing and get it to the proper powers that be, if all else fails.
  14. by   Pepperlady
    I have to clarify my comments ....

    In my case we get 1 hour of unpaid break on each shift (the other 45 minutes is paid break), so we are not required to even be in the hospital so we are not responsible for our patients while we are gone, we give report to another nurse who assumes responsibility.

    Of course if it is busy we do not leave for breaks if the other nurses cannot provide break relief, doesn't happen all that often.