Some nurses, it seems, are made for the night shift, while others never can get past that initial adjustment period of being awake all night long. Whether you love or loathe working NOC, every nurse who’s ever done his or her night shift duty can agree: There are some unique frustrations that come with being awake when most of the country is asleep! We asked our Facebook fans for the most frustrating thing about being a night shift nurse…read on to see what they said and sound off with your own thoughts in the comments below!
8 frustrating things about working the night shift
1. Comments from day shift: “What do you do? The patients are all asleep.” “You can’t be that busy.” If they knew just how many times we have caught and fixed their mistakes!
2. Fake “days off.” Working a night shift and having the next day off is technically not a day off.
3. Meetings and other important “mandatory” stuff is not scheduled conveniently at all. Or getting called at 1 PM by your manager, who seems surprised that you’re sleeping!!
—Jessie Disbrow Miller
4. The fact that most of the rest of the world is on a “daytime” schedule! It would be nice to be able to go to the bank or post office at 2 AM when you are still awake on your nights off.
—Melanie Kitchings Pniewski
5. Hands down, it’s the day shift leaving stuff for us to do, assuming that we have all kinds of spare time. I actually spend my first 4-5 hours cleaning up messes that the day shift leaves for me. I do not sit on my butt all night!
6. I think #1 is SLEEP. Irregular sleep cycles really mess with the mind and body. It can be a serious health issue.
7. When the staff is treated to a special meal or function, night shift is normally excluded. We also are not included in things like benefits and educational fairs.
—Marcie Duvall McFarland
8. There are many benefits to working nights…teamwork and collaboration, creative thinking due to lack of resources, shift diff, not having to put up with most administrators walking the halls, etc. What I don’t think I will ever adjust to, however, is the “transition day” between working and trying to go back to daytime living. It’s like a 24-hour hangover! And I can’t tell you how many times I’ve given the “Noon is the middle of the night to Mommy, so please be a little more quiet” speech to my kids…it gets old!
—Deanne Stone Geringer
What’s the most frustrating thing about working the night shift? What aspects of your job make up for all of those frustrations?