Night Nurse


This morning I went to work earlier than usual and when I was parking up, I saw some weary nurses scraping the ice off their cars after finishing the night shift.  My heart went out to them.  It’s always a pain waking up in the mornings to an iced-up car but imagine having to face it after a hectic ten hour shift on a busy hospital ward. 

I remember it well.  I hated the night shifts.  In Winter, the mornings would be dark and freezing cold and we would wearily scrape our cars and long for our warm beds.  And the Summers weren’t much easier to cope with.  It was just so frustrating.  We were desperately tired but it was hard going to bed, not only because we were acutely aware that we were losing out on such lovely days but it was difficult to get a decent period of sleep because the days were so bright.  Eye masks and ear plugs were available but the eye masks would never stay in place and I was always reluctant to use the ear plugs for chance there was an emergency and I slept right through it.

So, here’s to the night nurse and all the other public sector workers who stay up all night to protect and take care of us.

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6 responses to this post.

  1. I am with you. Night shifts have never been properly compensated, the extra money that may be paid is not enough for the loss of balance the worker undergoes.

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  2. You’re right Jose, night shifts are unbearably difficult and have a knock-on effect for days after. There is no financial incentive to do night shifts because they are a compulsory part of the rota.

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  3. Great post, EarthPal. We should be more grateful to those who serve us.

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  4. Thanks Helen.

    As Jose says, the night-shift really puts you off-balance and affects you for days after. Thank goodness there are workers who are willing to tolerate them although I have known nurses to sleep through much of their shift. It’s rare but it has happened. Very bad.

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  5. Dear Earthpal,

    Thank you for noticing. It praise goes a long, long way for us. Takes away the tiredness and puts a smile on our face.

    Thank you!

    Regards,
    Nurse Blog

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  6. You’re most welcome. And thank you.

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