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By October 12, 2009 0 Comments

Working the night shift in nursing.


Just think, when most of us go to bed at night there are over 2 million Americans just getting started with their days as they head out to their places of employment. There are all kinds of occupations that need staff throughout the night and without them many of the businesses and facilities would fail. Of course hospitals definitely fall into this category and nurses being at the forefront of the jobs needed overnight, 24/7.

So what does it take to work the night shift? Well for some it’s easy and this is exactly what they want to be doing with their lives. The hours work great for them and could be considered their dream job. But what about those who don’t have a choice in the matter like nurses who are new to the hospital or are just desperate to get the work? This transition from day to night can be troublesome to say the least. There are a number of health hazards that can affect your well being, with sleep deficiency being the obvious one. Other problem areas that can arise include weight gain, added stress to relationships and drug and alcohol abuse. So what are some things you can do to prepare yourself for this new schedule and way of life?

There’s a great article on the site, that suggests some great methods to get your mind and body acclimated to the new hours. Read about it here.

Another article to help you get through the night as a travel nurse can be found at

Finally, one more article at, Night Shift Challenges.

If you have any other suggestions or tips for other night shift nurses out there, please share them in the comment section.

Posted in: Nursing, Travel Nursing

About the Author:

Patrick Fuerstenau here. Born in Kentucky, raised in Germany, landed in Nebraska and still here. I've been involved with Marketing and Advertising for over a decade. It all began with an internship at an ad agency in Omaha, followed by a 9 year stint as a graphic artist at the lone major newspaper in Omaha. A friend of mine told me about an opening at her company and said that it was the best gig she's ever had... So I decided to spread my proverbial wings and see what I could do for them and vice versa. So here I am at Medical Solutions as a Marketing Specialist for a great travel nursing company. This by far has been a major blessing in my life. I love the work I get to do just as much as I love the people who make up this fabulous company. I can see myself here for a long time... As long as they'll have me. Now that we've got the career timeline out of the way... Let me tell you a little about who I am. I am oh so passionate about the game of futbol! I've been playing soccer since the age of 8 and am still playing today. If I couldn't at least kick the ball around, I don't know what I would do with myself. I fear getting old. I also have a strong love for the arts... Music, Visual arts, Film, Design... pretty much anything and everything arty. I'm happy go lucky and am always looking to have a good time. Just ask my manager! And I love writing about travel nursing.

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  1. Sid says:

    now i can think what hard work the nurse do. Thanks for your great article about working in night.

  2. yes all true, now i feel that what kind of work the nurses do and what kind of problems and hard work the nurse face. but that for the article to gain the knowledge about the nurse work.

  3. Cherie says:

    Hello, I’m searching for nursing related blogs like mine and I stumbled your site, nice blog!. I hope you would also include me in your blogroll.

    By the way, you have a very good writing skills here. Keep up the good work.

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