sleep - page 2

I can't believe what I'm hearing from most people here. The first question I would ask is are these people on break? If so why is it any of your business what someone does on their break? ... Read More

  1. by   night owl
    Originally posted by JMP

    What yah gonna do about it???

    :chuckle.....I don't work with you, so there's nothing I can do about it.
  2. by   canoehead
    I think that night shift should look at breaks the same way that days does. That is, whatever you would feel comfortable doing on your break if you were on days, the same standard of conduct is expected of nurses on nights.

    For me that means napping on my break off the unit would be OK, but not beyond my break, and not at the nurses' station, and not if I had a pt that was unstable, or too busy to be covered effectively by another nurse.

    I have called the supervisor and gotten "in house call" for a couple of hours on nights that I am really wiped. I always feel better knowing that it's available if I just can't go on. However I would be disgusted with any of my coworkers that acted differently just because they were on the night shift and figured the manager wouldn't see or find out about whatever they were doing.
  3. by   sbic56
    Wow...getting HOT in here, isn't it?

    I can see why. To imply that every nurse that takes a nap on her break is endangering her patient is an extreme overreaction. Common sense can prevail here without such unnecessary ridgidity!

    I can't help but think that nightowl and disabled nurse are lumping all night time nappers in one proverbial basket. Like anything, this practice can be abused and patient neglect can be the result. On the other hand, a well planned nap can also refresh and actually contribute to safer nursing care. I have seen a few nurses who remain fully alert throughout the night shift, but they are in the minority to my experience and I envy their ability to do so! It is not "normal" to stay up all night without rest. To condemn another for not having the ability to perform under the exact conditions as you do is futile and counterproductive.
  4. by   donmurray
    I doubt if any human being can be as alert at the end of a 12 hour shift as they are at the start. I know I am not. Add to that the unnatural hours at which night staff do their job, upsetting their biorhythms, then it verges on impossibility. Taking a nap, in your own time, could be interpreted as promoting your patients' safety, and in fact, be the "professional" thing to do!
    If nurses stopped papering over the cracks, and forgoing their breaks to cover for inadequate staffing, then perhaps they would be less tired to begin with. There can be abuses on both sides, and neither is acceptable.
  5. by   kzippi
    Sounds like night owl spends most of her shift worrying about what other people are doing and what to moan about next...............surely this can't be good for patient care if her mind is not on the job!!!
    Get a life!!
  6. by   Belgndogs
    I'm a CNA and just started working nights myself. Granted, I don't have the pt responsibilities of the nurses, but I was flat out told...'it's ok if you want to sleep on your break.' Haven't had to; I'm one of those weird ones who'd rather be up all night. BUT, at the end of my shift I find a quiet corner out of the way and catch a 1/2 hour or so nap before driving home, found I was nodding off in my car on the drive home...yikes!! Seemed as long as I was 'on the go' at work, no problems, but once I stopped my body said 'hey, now it's time to sleep.'