Once awake, a night nurse often tends to their personal life, and then remains up until it’s time for their next shift.
“One factor to take into consideration when working the night shift is it might take some time for your body to adjust to a night shift schedule,” Joy Becker, a nurse from the D.
Although the duties and responsibilities are no different for a nurse that works after the sun is down, the night shift (or shift work) does present unique challenges.
The meals and snacks a nurse selects before and during the night shift can have a significant effect on energy, stamina, and performance levels.
It is important to choose the items that provide energy but do not cause sleepiness or a ‘crash-and-burn’ effect later on in the shift.
“Day shift is a very busy shift and I would always try and relieve them of some of the work if possible.” Nurses who work the night shift tend to experience the most fatigue and drowsiness around 4 a.m.
and should avoid completing the most tedious or monotonous tasks during that time.
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Again, please keep their identity a secret Click on the "Continue" button search with your zip/postal code.Night shift nurses must teach their bodies how to properly fall asleep (and remain asleep) for long periods of time without any interruptions.According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), night shift nurses should keep the same bedtime and wake time schedule (even on weekends); use eye masks and ear plugs to eliminate noise and lights from a sleep environment; as well as avoid consuming alcohol and caffeinated beverages/foods close to bedtime.Below you will find 10 survival tips for nurses that work the night shift: “Working at night interrupts your natural sleep pattern,” says Fran Laukaitis, RN, MHA, and Chief Nursing Officer at Methodist Charlton Medical Center in Dallas, TX.“You have to schedule your sleep.” She suggests nurses take measures to create an environment conducive for sleep by using curtains that darken the room; and disconnecting things that will disrupt sleep, such as the doorbell, phones, and electronics.“Night shift nurses generally do not have as much interaction with the patient’s family as the day shift,” she continues.