Night Shift Nursing

A hospital hallway at night.
It is imperative that the role of night nurses within each organisation as a whole is recognised.Photo: Avinashbhat

Have you ever stopped to think about working the night shift? What’s your perception: that it would be the same as the day shift, or infinitely easier?

Surely with the majority of patients slumbering, it would be easier than working during the day? Or perhaps you would see that as a challenge – would time pass more slowly with your patients asleep?

Literature indicates that night shift nurses are believed to be less intelligent, less qualified and less committed than their daytime counterparts, merely “holding the fort” until day staff arrive. A similar belief is that night work is easier and night nurses are less busy than day staff.


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