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Just because the sun goes down it doesn’t mean that people don’t need nursing care; we all know nursing is a 24 hour profession … however working the night shift can bring it’s challenges.
Keeping noise to a minimum and working in dim light can be tricky not to mention struggling to stay awake and alert in the early hours of the morning. In addition to this there are the perceived ill effects from working night shifts and being able to eat healthily and get enough sleep during the day …. There are a whole lot of issues surrounding nights!
Some of the hot topics, with links to further reading, we have found associated with working nights are:
- Keeping noise to a minimum > http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-27874905
- Sleeping and waking cycles of shift workers > http://www.nursingtimes.net/news/workforce/female-nurses-more-affected-by-nightshifts-than-men/7004169.article
- Night shift associated health matters > http://oem.bmj.com/content/71/Suppl_1/A120.1and http://www.nursingtimes.net/clinical-archive/cardiology/shift-work-raises-heart-attack-risk/5047593.article
- To nap or not to nap ? > http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21459861
- Working times and breaks > https://www.rcn.org.uk/get-help/rcn-advice/working-time-rest-breaks-on-call-and-night-work
- Sleeping during the day > http://www.nursingtimes.net/clinical-archive/neurology/sleep-expert-top-tips-for-night-shift-workers/5045747.fullarticle
Working the night shift is something we have tackled before via #WeNurses but we get many tweets around surviving night shifts so we thought it was about time we tackled it again, so this #WeNurses will focus on the following questions:
- What are the challenges of working nights as a nurse?
- How can we ensure we get our work done whilst at the same time ensure the people we care for get adequate sleep?
- How do we stay healthy on nights?
- How do we stay awake and alert?
- What does the evidence and research say about night time working? How does this affect our practice?
- What are your top tips for surviving the nightshift?