Keep out! Nurse Sleeping

  1. LOL! I like this one.

    How many hours of sleep do you get? Do you have certain rules that household members must follow?

    Any time management tips for sleep deprived nurses?

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    Last edit by Joe V on Jun 17, '18
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  3. by   eatmysoxRN
    Ha, this is so truthful to real life. I never sleep at the same times it seems. My sleep pattern was more consistent in nursing school. Atleaat then I grew to expect no sleep.
  4. by   sharpeimom
    The cats and dogs would HATE that barbed wire!
  5. by   obizyanka
    When i work 11-7(30) i get home by 745a , half hr of yoga for sleep then sleep from abt 9-3. I sleep better in these 6 hrs than when I sleep for 12 hrs on a day off lol. I do not take a nap at night, I just cant.
    When i work 3-11(30), get home by 1145, eat, watch smth, in bed by 1am. Took benadryl and accidentally slept till 12 today and leaving for work now in minutes to be there b4 3pm again. What should have happened was wake up around 9, coffee, am yoga for 1hr,brunch,
    clean, relax/read and get ready for work....maybe tomorrow. No benedryl tonight. It doesnt put me to sleep as much as keep me in a sleep coma hahaha
    <3 sleep.
  6. by   imintrouble
    When my kids were young I'd threaten them with bodily harm if they dared to wake me in the middle of the day.
    They did anyway. Oh well. I survived and the memory makes me smile.
    "Mom, are you asleep"?
  7. by   PMFB-RN
    I remeber my 7 year old son yelling at the top of his lungs, right out side my bedroom door, for his sister to be quiet.


  8. by   redhead_NURSE98!
    I put a note on the door for UPS and FedEx that says "NIGHT SHIFT, please do not ring doorbell unless I have to sign for something, thanks!" One time the state road rang anyway, to accuse us of putting grass cuttings in our storm drain. He kind of regretted it since I came to the door wearing what I sleep in, asked him if he had seen my sign, asked him if I had to sign anything, and shut the door on him.
  9. by   VictoriaGayle
    I remember being little and taking naps with my mom when she worked nights.
  10. by   Jessy_RN
    Nightshifter here. I have a very personal prepaid cell which (very limited) people have to call in case of emergency (READ: child is sick, accident, someone on their death bed, fire).

    I aslo have a graveyard worker sign at the door, do NOT ring my doorbell unless my home is on fire.

    I am known for waking up or coming over to shoot the breeze at 2 am if my daytime hours of sleep are not being honored. Ask my family/friends. Gets the message across very effectively.
  11. by   Esme12
    I had a sign.....

    DO NOT RING BELL....owner works nights and has a large dog......ANY QUESTIONS?
  12. by   GitanoRN
    Admittedly, this reminds me the days long ago when I worked nights, I use to leave a sign at the door that read " Come in at YOUR own risk" and below would have the following if you're not bleeding profusely don't bother to wake me up...
  13. by   joanna73
    I work permanent nights as a charge nurse in LTC. My work is both hands on and administrative. I aim for 7-8.5 hours each day. The phone is off, my room is dark, and I wear ear plugs. Anything less than 7 hours of sleep and I know I don't function at my best. I have learned to be very protective of my sleep.
  14. by   12dec
    My family always knew not to bother me--other people not so much. When my children were in school I had to leave the phone on--now I don't. But anyway I found a solution--once an insurance agent called--I told him I worked nights and hung up. One hour later he called again--I asked him for his contact information and told him I would call back when I was awake. I called him at 0200--he was rather upset and hung up--I called back at 0230--never heard from him again. If people knock on the door my Akita and I open the door together.