Our Experts | Melissa Marion, Recruitment Specialist
Working an 8 hour day can be tiring, but working 12 and even 16 hours can be exhausting physically and mentally. If your D.O.N or Charge Nurse has asked you to stay over or you have picked up extra shifts, here are some tips to get through your long nursing shift:
1.Make sure you stay hydrated and nourished. Staying hydrated helps to keep you from getting fatigued, and also from being sore from a long day of walking up and down the hallways and lifting patients in and out of bed and chairs. Energy-boosting, healthy foods will keep you nourished as the hours tick by.
2. Wear sturdy shoes and socks. Nurses and CNA tend to have to give showers throughout the day, and your feet get wet. Don’t be afraid to bring extra shoes and socks to change into, but make sure they are comfortable. You should always have extra shoes socks and scrubs in your locker.
3. Stay positive. Never let your patients see you have a bad day. No matter what is going on in your work shift, it probably isn’t your patient’s fault. They still deserve the best when taking care of them. Don’t complain –Just Explain. Patients are more apt to help in their own care when they know that you are honest with them.
4. Don’t sweat the small stuff. If you have a difficult situation, don’t be afraid to ask for help. It’s always better to work as a team than to work alone.
5. Make sure everything is completed before you leave. Don’t leave until your med cart is counted and things are charted. Don’t leave the next shift short in supplies or without the information they are going to need to do their patient care.
6. Rest and relax. When your shift is over, try a hot shower and a healthy snack before bed. Up to 30 minutes before bed, relax without distractions – Facebook and Twitter can wait. Get up the next day feeling refreshed and ready to conquer your next shift.