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Old 11-29-2007, 05:19 PM
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I will be graduating nursing school in a few weeks, and I have landed my first job...night shift. I have never worked night shift before. I'm excited about the job, but a little worried about staying awake. Does anyone have any tips?
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Old 11-29-2007, 09:52 PM
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Night shift is tough to do if you're not a night owl, but it can be done. I guess the biggest thing is to sleep at the same time everyday, even when it's your day off. I work with a gal that has worked night shift for years. She never changes her routine, even when she's on vacation. Good luck with you new job.

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Old 12-02-2007, 01:52 PM
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Try and get a shift with a male nurse on.

Slip some ****** in his cappuccino about 11pm.

Stay awake for hours laughing.
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Old 12-03-2007, 10:33 PM
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No coffee/caffeine after 3 am. Otherwise you'll wake up at 1 P.M., which sucks. Also, sleep in your basement, if you have one. It's darker, cooler, quieter. My sleep improved immensely when we moved down there.

I do rotate back and forth as far as routine goes. I usually go to bed around 11-1 and get up around 11-12 in the morning. Some people stay up late the night before their first shift on. I always end up waking up early when I do that and then I get anxious about napping in the afternoon and can't sleep. I just make sure and get a good night's rest.

Good luck, and welcome to the night shift!
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Old 12-04-2007, 11:41 AM
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i love night shift.

the people on this shift are team players. you get to know one another better because you are all despartly trying to stay awake and thus, are in the same grueling situation!! LOL!!

personally, i work nights--3 twelve hour days back to back, so i can do my writing during the day on my days off.

other great reasons i work night shift: 1) no administration 2) no extra noise 3) nurses are more autonomous

i practice my healing massage treatment on my nurse colleagues (as well as all my patients) better at night than if i had to work during the day.

we have to also take care of each other, after all!!!
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Old 12-04-2007, 12:26 PM
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Thank you for your advice. I'll see how I can survive in January when I'm working
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Old 12-04-2007, 01:47 PM
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Lightbulb Take Care Of Yourself

The most important stradegy going into your first experience doing nights is to not only take care of your self--but REALLY take care of yourself.

Be selfish!!

Be bold in your new found self-centeredness!!

And celebrate each small success!!!

because everyone else is on an entirely different schedule and will want you to participate in their day schedule--often at your own peril.

certainly there will be a few compassionate souls who understand.

Plan on always sleeping well!!

ps my celebration today: I received 10 beautiful Pilot Varsity Disposable Fountain Pens in the mail!!!

Heaven!!! LOL!!
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Old 12-27-2007, 03:48 PM
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I have always hated night shift, but due to childcare issues I have returned to the dreaded night shift...and am finding it much better this time around. What I do is I eat dinner, buy a coffee, and then some healthy snacks (nuts/fruit/yogurt) but I DO NOT BUY A MEAL FROM TAKEOUT PLACES AT 1 AM!!! I drink a lot of water, then have a pretty good breakfast (oatmeal/egg sandwich) before going to sleep in my room with darkening shades. On days when I'm working that night I sleep as long as possible, but then on days when I'm off that night I try to get up around noon so that I can fall asleep that night. I have also found "clumping" my days together to be helpful. I have yet to try more than 3 days (i work 12 hour shifts), but I have a four day stretch coming up with 6 days off after that...we'll see. Good luck!
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Old 12-27-2007, 09:30 PM
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Cool Night Shift!!

Good Luck!Watch out for mood changes.

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Old 12-28-2007, 03:08 PM
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Default Night shift can be hard at first...

There are pluses and minuses to anything. I find the atmosphere at night is more laid back (much less "big-wigs" in the hospital) and can be less hectic, but, by the same token, there can be less support and opportunity to see new things.

Personally I have always worked nights, and could not imagine working with the daywalkers...
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