Lets see, what can one do on a night shift? Work on an invention, write that novel, solve the greenhouse effect, implement world peace, etc..
But, lets go out on a limb here and suggest something totally off the wall.
HOW ABOUT YOU DO WHAT YOU ARE HIRED TO DO!!!
DO YOUR JOB!!!!
Sheesh, I really hope that whoever asked this question and those of you that replied with non nursing duties are joking me with this post!!
Update on nursing and healthcare:
Nursing is a 24 hour a day job. 7 Days a week
It just blows my mind that people on the night shift get extra money to work that shift and are responsible for less work, and can still find room to bitch about it! Hey night shifters.....try and make it through a shift withour your supplies being stocked, your rooms being cleaned, your patients bathed. Seems like those things only get done on day shift at your workplace.
I am the type of person that will stay after my 12 hour day shift to make sure all my charting is done and that I dont leave anything for the followong shift to do with my patients. If I get new orders at the end of a shift, I make every effort to complete them beforeI leave because I feel that if it was ordered on my shift, I am responsible for it. Also, I have had medication ordered at 630pm and when I am ready to leave at 730 or 8pm and the medication is not available, I ask the nurse following me to give it, and I have come back the next day and the patient still had not received it. I know that I am NOT soley responsible for that, however I still feel bad if I dont see it to completion.
Nurses need to realize that nursing care does not stop after a certain hour or even after your shift ends. Patients are sick 24/7 and it is our responsabilty to meet those needs 24/7
If you chose to work night shift for the extra pay, but cant or wont actually do that work on your shift, you need to find another career as you are doing nothing but cheating your patients and hindering other nurses from their patient care if supplies arent stocked, orders not done, or any other nursing task that you are too "bored" to be able to do on your shift.
If you want to sit and not do much on nights, take up asecurity guard job or something where you can watch video camera surveillence and maybe only have to do "walking the grounds" twice a shift or something like that.
So, invent something, read a book, solve world hunger, or get up and take care of the patients that you are paid so well to take care of.
I am sure I am going to get a few nasty remarks about this, but I have worked both day and night shifts and the quality of my care has been the same on both. Day shift is a little crazier because I spend lots of my time getting and restocking suppplies instead of taking care of my patients....stocking and ordering supplies is a task all nurses should do, but granted, it is most times easier to do this on the night shift when the pace is somewhat slower.
So, fire away all your comments. I am ready for them...I worked nights last night and I am refreshed from sleeping through my boredom!!
NOT!! I know I am not the only one that feels this way,so back me up guys.