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‘How do you stay awake during night shifts?’


Can you advise this student nurse?

“To be honest I am pre-empting this problem! I’ll be in second year from September which means the dreaded night shifts start…

“As someone who tends to be tucked up in bed by 10pm most nights (yes, even Saturdays!) I’m a bit worried that I’m not going to be able to cope.

“Does anyone have any tips for staying awake and concentrating on night shifts?”

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Readers' comments (3)

  • I normally write a list of things to discuss with my mentor during the night shift.....and I also set personal tasks for myself such as
    -Familiarising myself with Trust Policies
    - Browsing for articles (if computers are available) for my upcoming assignment,
    - Keeping my self busy
    -Stand up / lean against anything.....but never sit down before Midnight :)

    Current Final year MH nursing student

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  • The golden Rule from me is to keep busy busy busy ! Good luck
    Current 2nd yr SN

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  • Personally when I'm getting ready for nights I go out the night before I start, or stay up watching movies as late as possible, and sleep the day my night shift starts. Even if I can't sleap all day, I'll stay in bed andwatching stuff to get my body into "night mode"

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