my first graveyard shift
November 24, 2011 10:10pm CST
I am a Registered Nurse. I recently pass the board exam last July this year. I sent applications from different institutions hoping to land a job. Fortunately and luckily, an employer hired me. Now, I am working as a Nurse trainee at a nearby hospital. My first graveyard shift. Nursing rounds on 12am, routine vital signs,giving medications and closely monitoring every hour on one patient. Everyone else in the room were asleep except for us, nurses, in the station. I realized then that no matter how tough our work is, dedication is important to provide quality patient care to those who need it. How about your experience? Let me know, share your thoughts.
1 person likes this
25 Nov 11
good day reejuh, with my past work experienced, i have not yet gone into a graveyard shift, though i have worked overnight in one of the company where i worked previously. as we are rushing some documentation for a report presentation. being in a graveyard shift takes a lot of determination. since your health will be somehow at stake. however, if you have the passion in doing this, it will not matter that much. hence your passion will turn your mind and body to be relax. aside from that, you will not think that this is a burden since you are enjoying the flow. plus, your right attitude, being dedicated to give the service to others, then you can be sure that you will surpass your first graveyard shift.
26 Nov 11
That is an inspiring thought airasheila! Indeed, determination counts a lot. Thank you for sharing your experience. I just had another graveyard shift last night. I stayed 8 hours fully awake yet I slept 5hours straight for the day. I pray, I won't have another shift like this on the next days!
• United States
25 Nov 11
I actually liked third shift or graveyard shift. I worked in the medical fiend since I was 15. When I was the army there were lots of weird shifts. It is much easier to work shifts other than day because you are basically direct with patient care and not having to get all their tests done, bathes, etc. The downside for me was at night the hospitals and nursing homes always seemed so cold. Then when you finished your rounds until you adjust no matter how much you sleep during the day your natural inner clock always wants you to sleep. But I did enjoy evenings and night shifts over days. Specially when I worked in ER. It was pretty fast paced when the Dr. Offices were closed. hope you enjoy your new position And WELCOME TO MYLOT.
25 Nov 11
Hi there! I really did enjoy my work though. I recently had three straight evening shifts and its making me tired, hungry and sleepy. I agree on the advantage on not going on tests and bathes on third shifts because they make a sort of additional burden especially on busy days. I always have to bring food and few sweet candies to stay awake and not to forget due medications. Thanks for the welcome here at myLOT.
22 Apr 12
nursing is really tough job.Patient,determination and understanding is important. when i am about to practice my profession as a volunteer nurse im a really tired if i finished my 8 hours duty.For just 25 patient.But when i ask to go in government hospital as staff nurse i can able to do my work independently and enjoying it.I really love nursing.I want to help other people who are in sick.
2 Dec 11
I am not keen on working graveyard shifts. I tend to get depressed especially when everyone is sleeping and I'm not. Also, I don't get quality sleep during the day. I'm a light sleeper. When everyone's up and about I wake up from the smallest sound the people in the house make. When I was working at a call center, it was fine at first. But the novelty wore off after a few months so I quit in time for me to take the board exams. Now that I am a registered nurse as well, I have mostly morning shifts at the E.R./D.R./OPD. I get a good sleep at night so I can assure quality care to my patients during the day.