Nurse's Watch: Conversations on contemporary nursing,
nursing education, leadership, spirituality and blogging.
~Start date February 2010~

Friday, April 2, 2010

Rest well and good night...

        I found another wonderful blog! It falls under several of our previous titles. It is warm, funny, insightful and informational. I enjoyed visiting with this "lady of the night." Her blog is called Night Time Nursing. She introduces herself as follows:

       "I'm Tracey, a 32 year old critical care RN who works the 12 hour night shift.  I now work as a critical care resource nurse.  I started this blog as a way to deal with the stress that nursing has delt me.  They say getting it all off your chest is the best therapy.

        I also wanted a way to remember some of the more special stories.  Thanks for reading and feel free to leave comments as you please." 

       Immediately, I took a liking to this nurse. As previously discussed many nurses do write to reflect and remember.  Her posts were well written and positive. I encourage you to drop by one evening for a visit.

   Tracy @ Night Time Nursing

       The photograph for this post pictures a hospital at night. It looks quite a lot like where I worked nights several years ago. Though I found it physically draining, I loved the camaraderie the night shift shared. This team spirit and support was not to be found on days.

       Years later I spoke with a nursing buddy who worked nights and managed to enjoy it, not simply endure. I explained what I had felt like physically and my usual daily schedule. She responded,"No wonder you felt awful, you were living on both sides of the clock! You can't do that and enjoy nights." Thanks Beth, wise words and true. To all our night nurses, thank you! Our own Florence Nightingale was called "the lady with the lamp." You are following in a grand tradition.

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