Night shift nursing isn’t for everyone.  After working many years as a night-shift nurse, here are some of the things only night nurses understand.

At 8 AM on the way home from work it would be nice to be able to buy a burger, not a breakfast sandwich. It’s also nice to have breakfast when I wake up around 3:30 PM.

There is no doubt that day sleep just isn’t as great as night sleep. If you are a night shift nurse, you know that trying to adjust your sleep schedule on your day off is nearly impossible, and even if you manage to adjust it, you will just have to switch back to sleeping days when you return to work. 


PLEASE DON’T RING MY DOORBELL at 2 PM, or I will go to your house and ring your doorbell at 2 AM.


Not all “room-darkening” blinds are created equal.  Some are better than others.


Do you REALLY have to mow your yard right now??


Either the cafeteria at the hospital is closed, or the food is left over from day shift.  I have never understood this one and have worked in hospitals all over the U.S.  Do they think people don’t need to eat when they work nights?


On a positive note, I always loved the atmosphere on nights and the relationships you can develop with other nurses. Most of the drama happens during the day, so working nights can keep you out of trouble.  It’s quieter at night (most nights) and people tend to be calmer. Having a drink with your coworkers at 8 AM, after a hard night can be fun!


What else would you add to this list?