Many new night shift nurses ask the question "How do I stay awake on night shift?" The body isn't meant to be up at those hours, and there are seriously physiological and psychological forces working against you. Your body releases chemicals at night that encourage you to go to sleep. So if you find you’re having trouble staying awake at night, it’s just because you’re human. Even so, it can be done, and many nurses thrive on the night shift and would even tell you that they would never go back … [Read more...] about 7 Tips to Stay Awake on Night Shift
Don't just survive working nights, thrive at it! These 10 smart tips for night shift nurses will help you conquer whatever is holding you back from being the best nurse you can be. If you’re scheduled to work the night shift as a nurse, you better start saving up on that sleep and getting ready for long nights that will switch between being arduously boring and tremendously busy, seemingly at random. Unlike the day shift in hospitals and medical clinics, the night shift often sees a less … [Read more...] about 10 Smart Tips for Night Shift Nurses
A patient told me "They made me put my socks on with a stick," and what happened next changed my life forever. I find it interesting how the most grumpy, disgruntled people react to kind gestures. It's been my experience that usually someone with an attitude has a pretty good reason for it. There are the occasional unhappy people who are just rude and condescending for no reason. But usually, I find there is some sort of root cause for most meanness I've experienced in my nursing … [Read more...] about They Made Me Put My Socks On With a Stick
I'm gonna save the build up for you. I'm the stupid nurse referenced in the title of this article. Also, before I get your hopes up, let me just say, the title is pure sarcasm. Women hold a grudge. This is no real secret. Most of us ladies know we tend to remain resentful, pessimistic, and guarded around certain people and situations. However, most of us can at least pretend and be professional enough to function appropriately in the workplace if said grudge happens to involve the … [Read more...] about The Incompetent, List-Worthy, Stupid Nurse – Strikes Again!
I have to say that I never thought I would work at night. Night shift nursing was always something that scared me. I just never thought I'd be able to stay awake all night. I mean, your body is programmed to do the exact opposite. Avoiding Night Shift Nursing I remember in my initial interview process that it was one thing I specifically requested to avoid. As much as I understand that many new nurses often have to earn their first shift position, this is not the case at the hospital where I … [Read more...] about Night Shift Nursing after Bullied on Day Shift
When I was in nursing school I was worried that I wouldn't be able to find a day shift job. I didn't want to be one of those night shift nurses. I wanted to be in the action. I wanted to be at home with my family and alert during the day time. I was convinced night shift was not for me. Becoming of the Night Shift Nurses My entry into the night shift was not joyful. It was forced upon me by a manager who felt that my previous work group was not a good match. The only alternative, in her mind, … [Read more...] about How I Became One of the Night Shift Nurses