It took me a long time to design my perfect get-ready-routine, but I’ve learned through trial and error what makes me feel good and what doesn’t. I encourage and of you newbies, or any healthcare worker to pull any steps I’ve laid out that may smooth out those pre-work hours. As your shifts roll on, pay attention to what things have the most lasting positive effect on your work and dump anything that doesn’t.Read More
While I love spontaneity as much as the next person, I am very much a creature of habit. This is especially true during the hours before I show up for a 12-hour shift and the hours after. Here’s a step-by-step rundown of what I do before each shift.
Adrianne, a night-shifter for more than a decade, has just crawled into bed after a long hospital shift, so this is real and unedited information in her most honest, exhausted state. She lists 10 of her tried-and-true favorites for getting better daytime sleep and elaborates on the interesting ones.Read More
On days like today, when I've screwed up my sleep schedule heading into three consecutive overnights, the game becomes one of minimizing damage.Read More
I felt like the night, in some small way, belonged to me and how dare they trample it with their daytime voices and fresh coffee smells.Read More
Where the hell do I even begin to talk about my twisted love affair with nighttime?Read More