Learning how to adapt to a different sleep schedule is one of the hardest obstacles that a night shift nurse must overcome especially since their sleeping pattern is one that is in reverse to the majority of the population including their family and friends below you will find 10 survival tips for nurses that work the night shift 1. Here are some survival tips for being a nurse on the night shift food for thought it would be so easy to just pick something up to eat at the hospital each night but michelle diederich a registered nurse at the iowa methodist hospital in des moines brings her own lunch to work most nights by doing this i am able to make healthier choices. Being the night shift nurse is a grueling job though it is the shift many nurses start on in their career i have worked as a labor and delivery nurse for the last 10 years 8 of them on the night shift i have come up with these 5 tips that helped me get through it with two kids a husband and a dog. How well you adjust to night shift nursing will depend on your attitude your preparation and your individual make up thus nursesrx has compiled the following advice to help you navigate the night shift successfully from morgan and others who have been there 15 top tips how to adjust to night shift nursing 1. As a nurse taking care of patients needs all night you can sometimes forget to take care of yourself these 10 survival tips for night shift nurses will help make the benefits outweigh the costs of working those late night shifts 1 always have snacks many hospitals do not have a 24 hour cafeteria to grab food and drinks while you are
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