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A guide to surviving the night shift for healthcare professionals
 

A guide to surviving the night shift for healthcare professionals

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For any new healthcare professional, the night shift will definitely be a daunting prospect. Here are some useful tips to help you survive your many night shifts to come.
 
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10 Nov 2016 - General
 
I don't like night shifts. Quieter, calmer, more paper works and the residents are hard to be found. Adjusting your body clock would be the best way to survive a graveyard shift. Having the right amount of sleep before the shift would help you keep awake during your duty and keeping your colleagues company being awake would also help. Caffeine would be another helpful buddy to keep my senses alert and not sleepy for the entire sleep. I think almost all nurses has the capacity to adjust to th...
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For me, all of the tips mentioned in the article is actually proven effective. Mainly because, i have done all of those tips way back then when i will have my night shift duty. I do sleep in the afternoon to prepare myself and to have enough energy. And snacking in between was actually part of our routine. Especially when we feel that ur eyelids getting heavier. I remember the times that we have much food during our dutyshift like we are having a picnic. Lol. And there is always productive conve...
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It might take more days to adjust one's sleeping hours. I feel that one day might not be enough, and perhaps it might take 3 days or more depending on the person's capacity to adjust. If you are on a 24 hour shift, I think it will really be helpful to take short naps within the day. It will help you recharge and not feel tired towards the end of your shift. Enjoying the company of co-workers really helps a lot in coping with unphysiologic working hours. Its actually enjoyable if you'...
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Night time working is the worst thing we get as doctors. Most of the times the partners also hesitate to marry a doctor because of these night shifts. Doing night shift is a bit of a trouble but we have to do it for the sake of the poor patient who are being treated inward. After doing some night duties, you will experience the changes of disturbed circadian rhythm which will interfere all the activities in the day life. It will affect your family life too. It will keep you away from your loved ...
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Night shifts are wonderful, patients asleep, a calm and quiet environment to work in. Many times healthcare workers are over worked even in the night to attend to emergencies and calls, otherwise it is all quiet. But trouble only comes when it is too quiet tat you tend to be sleepy and lethargic. Keeping yourselves occupied is a good idea to keep yourselves awake and responsive. Having heavy meals might just put you into a stoning mode when it hits 1am. Caffeine does not usually work for me but ...
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There are very informative tips in this article for anyone taking night shift. Working at night is an essential part of providing a comprehensive 24-hour service for patients in any health system, but it usually comes with sleep deprivation and fatigue for the healthcare workers who provide that service. Night work can therefore have serious consequences for both patient and doctor safety, as it increases the risk of making poor decisions or even mistakes. To preserve the best quality performanc...
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