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View Poll Results: What do you do on Night Shift?
Read or Study 4 40.00%
Chart and Paperwork 5 50.00%
Nip off for a Sleep 4 40.00%
Walk around Unit 3 30.00%
Ward Work 2 20.00%
Quite!!! You have to be joking. 1 10.00%
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Old 11-16-2008, 10:42 PM
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Default What do you do on Night Shift?

Its the quiet time on the ward. Many nurses do many things during this time, so apart from the odd vital observation how do you spend the time?

Do you bring a book and read, spend the whole night charting and finishing the paperwork (includes checking vitals), nip off for a quick sleep (<2h), walk around checking on everyone (just to stay awake), ward work (restocking, cleaning, etc), or do does the mayhem just not stop?
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Old 11-21-2008, 04:29 PM
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I work in the ED. Nights are like days.
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Old 11-27-2008, 12:27 PM
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Default The mayhem never stops

No matter where I have worked I have always been busy on nights, first I check the orders and MAR's to make sure they are reconciled, and nothing was missed. Second patient care is usally pretty busy on surgical units. Surgical prep and diagnostic prep can be a pain in boo boo. In more ways than one. If you get my drift. It's just plain busy.
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Old 02-26-2009, 09:33 AM
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what I do on night shift at a nursing home is when you first you get a report and check on your patients/residents. When you go and check and make sure that they are ok and clean, I go back up to the nurse station to do paperwork, eats, walk around the unit and joke around with the nurses that are working. You always have to keep eye on your hall for call lights. Also you have to check your patients/residents every two hours, or as much as you want to make sure that they are all ok.

That is pretty much I do while work night shift at a nursing home
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Old 05-16-2012, 06:03 AM
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I usually do paperwork and eat something sweet to keep me awake and energized throughout my shift. @[email protected]
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Old 12-28-2012, 02:53 AM
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Night shift is really quiet especially in the ward where patients are all stable, except in some cases, so I really have time to have short nap for 2-5 minutes (that time is already enough to keep me energized, alert and awake all night long) as long as have endorsed your patients to the other nurse=)! That is also a good time for me to finish all my documentation and at times I also read a bit!
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Old 01-20-2014, 11:19 AM
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After doing my job, I get back to nurse station chat with my co-nurses. Coffee! EAT. Just a normal day.
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