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Night Shift Nursing

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Title: Night Shift Nursing

Author: Katherine Pakieser-Reed

Publisher: Sigma Theta Tau International 2013

Reviewer: Jade Day, student nurse, Anglia Ruskin Chelmsford

What was it like?

This book covers everything you need to know about working the night shift. It is well set out with clearly defined chapters and pleasing to the eye with different fonts and little quotes throughout that break up the text. Everything from great advice for healthy eating and exercise to maintaining the work/life balance, it’s all in there. 

What were the highlights?

One of the things I particularly liked were the passages written by real life nurses, as it gives you the feel that what has been written is backed up by real staff members. I also liked the links provided to get you involved a bit more such as the Night Owl quiz and the Wheel of Life diagram. Another thing that stood out to me is that there are many pieces of good advice for the management of workplaces, including how to support night staff in healthy eating and exercise, and keeping up professional development so they don’t become “invisible”.

What were the weaknesses:

It definitely highlights both the positives and the negatives of working the night shift, though I found my attention focusing on how detrimental to your health working the night shift can be. It gives great advice on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and I will be adopting a lot of the suggestions myself, but I can’t help feeling a bit put off of the night shift after reading it. Another thing that I’m a bit hung up on is that this is an US book and therefore aimed at US nurses. I’m not sure how many of the statistics, options available, information on workplaces, or terminology are appropriate for a UK audience. 

Who should read it?

This is a really helpful book, which would help students, registered nurses and management alike. Whether you already work the night shift or rotations, are preparing to start a job on night shifts, work in a management position or even have a family member who works the night shift, it’s definitely worth a read.

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