Performing all the tasks that need to be completed at night in the face of encroaching tiredness can feel like a superhuman effort, but over time many learn to manage it – and some even grow to prefer working at night. It can fit in with family life, you can work more autonomously because there are fewer staff on duty, and there are also penalty pay rates.
One young member of HelloCare’s Aged Care Worker Support Group, who was just about to work her first night shift, recently asked the group for advice.
We hold a certain respect for those who work the night shift. The work is difficult, but it is absolutely essential for the care of older people, both in residential care and at home.
So, what advice did our poster receive? How do experienced night shift workers do it?
Tip #1: Sustenance
Tip #2: Workflow
Tip #3: Get organised
Tip #4: Preparing for sleep
Tip #5: Prepare for sleeping during the day
The original poster who asked for advice said the feedback she received was extremely beneficial – and she ended up enjoying night shift so much, she has put her name down to do more!
“The suggestions about what to bring and what to eat were most useful.
“I was nervous, but as the nights went on I was less nervous about working and more nervous about falling asleep!
“I am was blessed to be a good day sleeper so the nights were easier than expected.
“I often had to pace back and forth drinking my energy drink to stay awake.
“I checked my patients regularly and, because of the type of people I was caring for, I mostly had someone awake all night, keeping it interesting!”