The main mission of nursing education is to prepare the nurses to work in any shift, morning, evening and night shifts for offering competent nursing care to ailing patients. They must also understand that a patient need continues 24 hours care and nurses must be present for his/her needs or ready to provide needed cares any time.
Most of the time nurses prefer working day shifts due to various family commitments and other necessities.
But few also opt for night shifts due to certain advantages available for night shift nurses and that include:
- Higher hourly wages as compared to day shift nurses
- Reduced work pressure on night shifts
- Less crowded with health care providers and patient’s family members
- Easy to offer nursing care in free environment
- Offer chances to spend day hours with family members and kids, and for shopping around.
- Easy to commute during night hours.
- Offers self-reliance, cross-training and independency for operation
There are certain disadvantages for working night shift nurse and they are as follows:
- Lack of alertness
- Missing out with sound night sleep.
- Deprived from social life
- Prone to receive more serious accident cases, as drivers are prone to more accidents due to speeding cars at nights.
- Studies show chronic health problems arises to night shift working nurses after certain age. These health ailments might be related to gastritis, insomnia, indigestion, and even high blood pressure.
Still, it can be said that working nigh shift is very beneficial to a nurse, as she can be more attached to the patient and who also feel more relaxed due to non interruptions and disturbances from family and other members, telephone calls and others. The nurses also get ample opportunities to sharpen their nursing skills and experience due to fewer back-up resources available.