Tips and Tricks for Night Nurses
Whether you’re a night Nurse by trade or by choice, checkout our “Tips and Tricks” for surviving your night shift.
See what works for you and adjust accordingly.
Adjust Your Internal Clock
Stay up late the night before your first night shift and sleep in the morning before your shift.
Rotate Activities During Your Shift
Rotate activities to stay awake while your patient is sleeping: Chart vital signs, take inventory, or even eat a snack.
Regulate Your Temperature
Wear layers to help regulate your temperature.
Sit in a Hard, Straight-Backed Chair
Drink 8 Glasses of Water a Night
Keep yourself hydrated. ALWAYS.
Don’t Forget The Snacks
Choose healthy snacks packed with protein, like nuts, fruit, hummus, and carrots.
Don’t allow yourself to rest your eyes or get cosy.
Time your caffeine intake so you are wide awake during the hardest part of the night (3-5 AM).
Go Home and Zzzzzzz
Create a bedtime routine and sleep as long as you can.
Whichever is the reason why you are on a night shift, be sure to take care of YOU.