As nurses or doctors, the night shift is inevitable. Whether it is your first time working the overnight shift, it’s your regular shift, or you flip-flop between day and night, let’s be honest, working at night and being nocturnal is not easy. We have compiled this list of our 6 top tips to help you survive and thrive the night shift.
If it’s your first night shift naturally you are feeling like this:
Or you are a night shift pro and you are ready as ever:
Don’t worry whether you are a night shift newbie or a pro, these 6 tips and tricks will help you survive and thrive that 7 pm-7 am shift!
Sleep is the utmost important of our tips. Night shift disrupts your natural sleep patterns and our bodies react to sunlight. So to prepare for the overnight shift, get your best sleep during the day by closing the curtains, wear a sleeping mask, and unplug from all your electronics that will interrupt your sleep.
Drink some H2O before, during, and after work. Staying hydrated throughout your shift keeps you more alert and allows your body and mind to be at their best. The fact is – it is extremely hard to be high functioning for twelve hours when you are dehydrated.
- Meals and Snacks
So now you have made it into your night shift and your stomach starts rumbling. But with so much to do and so little time, it easy to eat quick snacks with zero nutritional value but hard to prepare nice meals and healthy snacks. To maintain your energy, alertness, and healthy body, here is a short list of excellent healthy snacks: string cheese, nuts, fruit (bananas, apples, oranges), a little dark chocolate, hummus and whatever you like to pair it with. For healthier food and snack ideas visit our Pinterest board here.
- Calculated Caffeine
It’s 2 am and you feel yourself losing energy and fast. Whether your caffeine fix is coffee or tea, it is all about when you are drinking the caffeine and how much. Caffeine does the job so you can maintain alertness and stay awake through the night but overdoing caffeine interferes with tip 1 (sleep), so enjoy the caffeine but know when to stop so you can sleep.
- Get Close with Your Co-Workers
Making it through the night shift is a lot easier and more fun with co-workers you have friendships and bonds with. Get to know the people on your floor. Having go-to co-workers when you are having a rough night or need help or a funny story always helps pass the time.
- Healthy Work and Life Balance
Nurses and doctors who work night shifts often feel like they are missing out on the rest of the world because they are awake while everyone else is sleeping. To help feel like you have a balance between work and life, it is important to keep your schedule but also make time for the people and things that matter to you. Plan your appointments, activities, date night, and Mommy or Daddy time with the kids. Night shift means planning and scheduling for daytime shifts – but remember it is all a balance.
Now over to you, we’d love to hear what makes working the night shift easier for you? Share them with us in the comments. To help make your night shift more fashionable and comfortable shop our scrubs.
Sing-a-long with us through our favorite Halloween scrubs and songs! Just for fun we have paired our Spooktacular Halloween print scrubs to matching Halloween songs. Since October is right around the corner, ghosts, goblins, witches, black cats, and jack-o-lanterns are all in season and these prints will be howling your name!
Our variety of Halloween prints, sizes, and colors is not a trick but it is definitely a treat!
If there’s something strange in your neighborhood… who you gonna call? GHOSTBUSTERS! Our UA Pumpkin Patch Scrub V-neck top features a cute pumpkin print and glitter ghosts.
This scrub top will be a smash all October long! There’s room for storage with three pockets and different color options and cuts for versatility. Wearing this and put on the song Monster Mash – Frankenstein, Dracula, and friends will mash away with you!
This white and black scrub top lets you bring Jack and Sally and all of Halloween Town to work with you all month long. However, the Nightmare Before Christmas scrub top is popular all year round because of its extreme comfort and flattering fit and it pairs well with many different colored pants.
If you celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) or just want to add festive color into your wardrobe this fall, this scrub top is perfect for you. It comes in a mock wrap style with two front pockets and black trim accents. These skeletons need a body!
You will be thrilled to dance through work in our Black Unisex Tasmanian Devil scrub top. 100% cotton with side slits allows for easy mobility. Get wild with Taz this Halloween and pair him with an all-black scrub pant to complete your look.
What Halloween scrub tops do you love? What patterns would you like to see? Comment and let us know. Shop more UA scrub options and prints here and our entire Halloween scrub collection and accessories here.
We are proud to present you with our second ever Scrub SuperStar of the Month! Our health care professional chosen for September is…
Danielle is pictured above in her complimentary set of UA brand scrubs. She chose our Butter-Soft Mock Wrap Top (Style # WTS668C) and Butter-Soft Stretch Scrubs Women’s Drawstring Pants (Style # BSS347) in Royal.
Read on to learn more about this Scrub SuperStar!
What is your current position?
I am a Speech Pathologist Assistant and I work at a pediatric clinic in Florida. Speech Pathology is essentially the evaluation and treatment of speech disorders. Also, I’m currently in school to become a Speech Pathologist.
Why did you choose this particular career?
I chose to be a Speech Pathologist Assistant to gain experience and knowledge about the practices of Speech Pathology. I am very interested in psychology, neurology, english, hands-on treatment, working directly with people and holistic treatment. Speech pathology incorporated all of these aspects and working with kids ties it all together for me.
What do you love about your career?
I really love helping people feel understood, especially children because they have such creative and innovative ideas. I am originally from New York, a place that is heavily influenced by many different languages and cultures. However, this leads to potential language barriers. Growing up in this environment, I learned how important it is for people to communicate their thoughts effectively. Pursuing a career that allows me to help people in this way is extremely rewarding for me.
What is one of your favorite on-the-job memories?
I have so many special on-the-job memories, it’s hard to choose just one! One of the most memorable experiences I’ve had was with a patient with a motor disorder. This condition hindered his ability to plan his words and convey his thoughts. He is a very hands-on learner, and he communicates comfortably through creating art. After many sessions with this patient, he presented me with a hand drawn comic book. In this book, he elaborated and explained his thoughts to me. This deeply affected my understanding of this patient. In communicating through his preferred language, I was able to learn more about him that I had ever expected.
What do you eat during a long shift to keep you energized?
I love fresh fruits and veggies! I always have snacks like sliced peppers, cucumbers and apples with me to keep me going strong throughout the day.
What do you do to relax after a long shift at the pediatric clinic?
I love going to the gym after work. I do get tired after a long shift, but I find that I’m still focused and in work mode. Working out helps me to exert physical energy. I love to push myself to do more, like go to class and then workout afterwards also.
Finally, what feature is the most important to you while choosing your scrubs?
I look for fun scrubs that fit well and are comfortable to move in. Pediatric-oriented colors and prints are very helpful because it allows for casual communication and a friendly, relaxed environment. I move around a lot since I do many hands-on activities with the kids. I always give the best care to the patients when I’m feeling my best and most comfortable.
Many of the health care professionals that I know do a lot for their patients and sometimes forget about themselves. This is a very self-less line of work, so receiving this sort of recognition is exciting and very flattering!
Uniform Advantage would like to thank Danielle for her time, energy, and dedication to her career and patients. Keep doing what you’re doing Danielle!