Scary truths about graveyard shift


    MSNBC has an interesting blurb on graveyard shift workers.

    ADDING IT UP.........
    The reason: No matter how many espressos night workers might belt back, their bodies are telling them it's time to sleep just when their employers need them to be the most productive. Graveyard-shift workers make five times as many serious mistakes and are 20 percent more likely to suffer severe accidents, Circadian found. Those on the overnight shift also have a significantly higher incidence of costly diseases and disorders, costing employers billions. ......Social costs are also high. Night shifters don't go home, have dinner, watch TV, and then go to bed the way nine-to-fivers do. When the sun comes up, they still have to function in a world that's largely unaware they're running on fumes after working all night.

    This disruption in life's routines might be why divorce rates are as high as 60 percent among all-night workers, and why they have 150 percent more stress-related gastrointestinal disorders. Health-care coverage adds a further $28.8 billion to the corporate bill, according to Circadian. Then there's the high turnover rate for night-shift employees, as high as 300 percent annually in some industries. This tacks on an additional $39.1 million in costs.
  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   Ted
    I'm a night worker.

    And I just read the article that you posted. It says that no matter how many espressos night workers might belt, their bodies are telling th e m

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  4. by   tattooednursie
    YIKES!!!!Well, I dont see myself living long, so oh well LOL. I want nights!!!
  5. by   Tweety
    I want nights too. But my stomach has been bothering me lately.
  6. by   nursenoelle
    I loved the quite(most of the time) of night shift. Esp. the lack of suits. I think night shift nurses have a far better sense of humor. I gained lots of weight and did not eat right at all on nocs. I never felt like I got enough sleep either, and missed my dh. So days it is.
  7. by   MelRN13
    hmmmmm...maybe that's why my gallbladder went to h#&& in a handbasket, and I've been on prevacid for three years.
  8. by   debralynn
    Oh contrair, my dear. When I know I have to work on the weekend, I sleep most of the day, and I usually don't get sleepy until about 6:00am. So I say poo on the article!
  9. by   BadBird
    I disagree with that article, I feel sick if I work day shift, nights is just normal for me, I don't fight to stay awake. I really believe that some of us are just natural night people and others aren't, if you force your body to do what seems unnatural then I believe you will suffer but for those of us who love nights and it is just natural it works beautifully. Force me to work day light and I am so tired I feel like I will fall asleep on my feet, my stomach hurts and I am just miserable. So I guess we should do what our bodies tell us to do.
  10. by   debralynn
    I agree with Badbird

    Three Cheers for you :chuckle :chuckle :chuckle
  11. by   SmilingBluEyes
    i think it depends on the person.

    i know people who function WELL on nightshift and have for YEARs and would not have it any other way.

    generalizations are always a bad idea when discussing humans, after all.
  12. by   night owl
    I like my night shift as I sit here eating two more tums...just kidding, I'm on vacation now, but when I go back, I'll be eating my tums...peppermint flavored! I function OK, my stomach doesn't.
    Last edit by night owl on Jul 16, '03
  13. by   FROGGYLEGS
    I am the Queen of Alka-Seltzer. Mix it with Sprite and it forms a magical potion that will cure all. :chuckle

    I used to hate night shift, but now I hate days. I got stuck with nights for so long that I've gotten used to them.

    Day shifts make me ill. As a matter of fact I agreed to work days for this morning, but you see where I am. Perhaps I am allergic to days. I woke up after one hour in bed. Tonight is not an Alka-Seltzer is a Phenergan and Pepto-Bismol night. Someone must have informed the stomach that it would travelling to work in the morning.:stone This happens everytime it seems.

    Night shifters have stomach problems? Hocus-Pocus. As you can see I have a stomach made of steel.
  14. by   passing thru
    What is interesting is: How they handle night shift in the hospitals in other countries.

    I've read posts by foreign nurses that said they come to work and actually have nap areas especially for the nurses and they are not expected to stay up all night. When they work nights, one nurse stays up to answer lights, if any, and she will alert the nappers if their patient needs cleaning, feeding , medication, etc.

    How many of our patients are awakened q 4 hours for vital signs unneccessarily? And have I.V's running at KVO or 50-100 cc /hr that could me med-locked? (the nurse wouldn't be all nite checking the i.v.)
    How many have tube feeds via pump 24/7? An insane idea if there ever was one. Another task for nursing intervention all night.

    Many floor patients, with simple planning, not "nursing per policy"....

    could go to sleep at 11 p.m. and sleep til 6 a.m. if left undisturbed.

    BUT, there are the policies that says Q shift assessments, q 4 hr. vitals, pumps going off, they can't pee because of hauling a iv pump to the bathroom...the tube feed pump is alarming, the bag is dry, the patient is aspirating,;;;;;;;;;;;
    everything is an obstacle to the patient sleeping......