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The first time: surviving the night shift


Bad enough when my friends and family used to say "night shifts must be nice, cos all the patients are asleep", but the suggestion that nights are a slower pace and you can easily squeeze in a few naps is laughable to me! I never had a quiet night shift ever when I work on a medical ward, might be news to some, but sick people can get sicker/die overnight, not just in the day! Also, the suggestion: "Set a sleep schedule and stick to it. Your body likes routine, so developing a schedule and sticking to it will help you adjust quicker. Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day." How exactly are you meant to get a schedule when you're frequently switching from days to nights then back to days? What a rubbish useless article!

Posted date

5 January, 2018

Posted time

12:16 pm