Coming back to report that I survived my first ever nightshifts. Omg I have been so stressed about. Something about working during the night creeped me out. If you work in medical care you know that once the sun goes down alot of patients settle down and are fine. But loads are not. For example we have a few confused elders so you know exactly what I mean. The yelling of confusion down the halls can irritate every professional.
So to recap: I worked three nightshifts. The first one I directly worked with a colleague even though my preceptor wrote on the white board I should do 3-4 on my own. Yes, I was not about that life during my first ever nightshift. My colleague I worked with was understanding and taught me the ropes of the night shift structure. On the 2nd night I opted for 6 patients on my own because of continious pressure of said preceptor. And girl it was rough! All my confidence dented 1 hour into the shift: I made a medication error which luckily did not harm my patient. My colleague once again helped me and most inportantly encouraged me because he definitely felt my discourage after that.
The 3rd night I had my same patients again. This time 5 since one went home. They all were kinda stable and at most needed someone to walk to the toilet to or sit on a bedpan so, you know chill stuff. I am still a nurse if I just give my patient painmeds, help to the toilet, check vitals or even if I am just there when the patient says they can’t sleep.
What I learned so far from going into nightshift:
- Preparing your sleeping schedule is key!
- Bring plenty of water
- One to two cups of coffee do the trick for me
- Hourly rounds(or more within the hour if your patient isn’t stable) are important to check everyone is still alive
- Put out all the medicine properly in the medication carts for the upcoming shifts
- Get a good flashlight!(mine went haywire on the first night)
- Bring something to do when it’s quiet. Me and my co workers watched a ahow on one of their iPads last night because we had nothing to do
- Go by all the steps before you give meds. Do it even with more care since your out of your normal routine
That is that so far. I guess I’ll learn plenty more when time passes. I clocked out at the end of every shift around 8 AM, went home and slept until 2PM.
Good night from me. I have work on Saturday again(they really aren’t giving me alot of time to bounce back)