Top 10 Reasons to Work NOC

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As promised, here are the top ten reasons I choose to stay on night shift–or at least, why everyone thinks we NOC nurses torture ourselves:

1. I like to be an insomniac.

2. I look really awesome with bloodshot eyes.

3. The days nurses are annoying.

4. Wearing pajama-like clothing to work is totally apropos.

5. The shift differential makes up for all the hardship. I am rolling in the extra dough.

6. Nursing station snacks taste better at 3AM.

7. YAY! No visitors on the floor!

8. DOUBLE YAY! No management on the floor!

9. Triple YAY!  The docs are sleeping!

And lastly, everyone knows the patients are all sleeping, so we just hang out and eat all night.

Ahem. That said, I was recently offered a chance to go to days, and how could I accept?? I love my NOC shift. :)

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Amy Bozeman

Amy is many things: a blogger, a nurse, a wife, a mom, a childbirth educator. She started her journey towards a career in nursing when she got pregnant with her first child. After nursing school and studying "like she has never studied before" she entered the nursing profession eager to get her feet wet. The first years provided her with much exposure to sadness, joy and other complex human emotions. She feels that blogging is a wonderful outlet and a way for nurse bloggers to further build their community. Traditionally, midwives have handed down their skill set from midwife to apprentice midwife. She believes nurses have this same opportunity: to pass from nurse to new nurse the rich traditions of this profession.

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5 Responses to Top 10 Reasons to Work NOC

  1. vicki

    love it…fifteen years as a night nurse and not changing anytime soon..

  2. rakhel

    why work days? the work is harder and the pay is less!!!
    plus we just seem to have more fun at night.

  3. Granny RN RN

    Love # 7, 8, and 9! The best thing that management can do ANYTIME is to let us know what The Job is and then either lead, follow or get the hell out of the way!
    Also most docs are half-asleep throughout the entire 0’dark-thirty phone call and you get to do the correct thing without much fuss.
    Nights is a great place to be when ‘change of life’ insomnia DOES set in! You are going to be UP ALL NIGHT anyway so why not work?

  4. Nasi mai Valenibula

    I like the Double Yay! no management on the floor.

  5. acates11 Caption Contest

    I worked nights most of my career. Less politics. less BS, and more interesting esp. working in the ER. People that work together on nights are more tight knit and more than willing to help each other. I believe that I know my friends on nightshift better than my own family at time.