SparkPeople Night Shift Nurses Team Messageboard Nurses working night shift. Balancing & embracing school, work, life & health. SparkPeople Night Shift Nurses Team Messageboard Hi! Hi All! My name is Krys. I'm a noc shifter, (7pm-7am) at a rural hospital. I'm primarily Med/surg but I pick up shifts in the ED occasionally. I love working night shift, and the crew I work with is amazing. I've recently started making healthier meals (the crock pot is my friend), and taking lunches. One group of people I work with has also started having group meals, with people contributing aspects of dinner. We are all moving towards healthier options. I really needs to start adding exer... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 03:07:13 EST When to eat meals I'm not a nurse but I do work the 11X7 shift 5 nights a week. I've been doing it for years and have put on a considerable amount of weight since I started. I just can't seem to figure out at what times I should be eating meals/snacks. I'm divorced so some days I'm eating diner with the kids shortly after getting up, and If I'm hungry when I come home I have trouble sleeping. Any help in figuring out when to eat would be appreciated, thanks. Tue, 8 Dec 2015 06:57:36 EST Thermostat Fight I am constantly dealing with the skinny B's at work turning the thermostat to, no joke, 95 degrees!! It's one of the older thermostats where you put the lever up and down. They swear that "It doesn't get warm unless you turn it up that high!". <BR> <BR> The problem is they don't get off their asses and I'm running around working, for starters. Second, have a little consideration for your coworkers. Compromise. <BR> <BR> I've joked about it, just turned it down in front of them and when no ... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 01:12:43 EST ER nurse Hello! I'm an ER nurse that works 7p-7a. I did spark people a few years ago had some success then just stopped using it and gained back the weight. Would love to make some friends to hold me accountable! <BR> <BR> -MH Mon, 15 Jun 2015 10:10:53 EST ENPC I really should be studying right now. The ENPC class is March 3/4. We are expected to read the entire book plus a bunch of other stuff online before the class and just now got the book. To make it really interesting I was scheduled 1800-0600 the night before my class! Hopefully I can find some coverage! Sat, 21 Feb 2015 20:47:16 EST New here Hello, my name is Rebekah. I work in the ER and at a surgery center in pre-op/PACU.( I work pool at both places.) My shifts vary but I tend to do mostly nights in the ER. At the surgery center I start between 5:30 and 8am. This makes it extremely hard to have any sort of regulation. I'm about to go to work here in a little bit after waking up at 6:30 am to get my kids off to school and getting a grand total of 1 hour of sleep today. My last night shift was Saturday. Tomorrow I will catch up o... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 18:28:00 EST returning member Hi: i am back again, hopefully for thre last time;) I have regained what I lost and then some. I find it extremely difficult to eat the proper amounts of food as I am just not hungry. My sleep pattern has changed for then worse as well. I work full time nights (11-7), 10 shifts in a 2 week period. I am in bed by 8:30 a and am usually awake by 1. Then I grab another 2 hours from 7-9pm. I am constantly tired and have 0 energy. <BR> Hoping for some feedback on how you all manage your routines i... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 06:24:14 EST Holiday Health How do you keep healthy during the holidays? Fri, 5 Dec 2014 15:07:58 EST CDC Influenza update <link><BR>son-2014-2015.htm </link> Sat, 6 Sep 2014 05:52:27 EST September 7 September 7th is National Grandparents' Day. <BR> <BR> What do you do as a grandparent to teach healthy lifestyle habits to your grandchildren? <BR> <BR> What do you do to teach those whom are grandparents who to have a safer home for their grandchildren to visit? Sat, 6 Sep 2014 05:17:14 EST New message board look coming next week <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Check out how the new message boards will look next week by viewing this you tube video. It will also help you find a couple other links that you wanted to have easily at your finger tips. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:42:20 EST Weekly Goals & Follow-up Week of: <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> <BR> Results: <BR> <BR> Goals for next week: Sat, 17 May 2014 15:02:44 EST "May"be Challenge All of us have said, "Maybe I should try that." What is one thing you could "try" by the end of the month? Report into us how this effort worked for you. <BR> <BR> For example, tonight, I learned how to eat the good part off the artichoke leaves. I didn't get any of the heart though as a family sitting across from me shared with me. I was entertaining to their 3 & 4 year old grandsons. <BR> <BR> I'll have to think what my maybe thing is & get back with you. Sat, 10 May 2014 21:45:20 EST Nurses Week Challenge What have you done during nurses week to tell a colleague you appreciate their hard work? Thu, 8 May 2014 20:25:49 EST Just got called into work to talk to "STATE" Been working as a nurse since 1988 and this is the first time I have had the "pleasure." One of the perks of being night shift is avoiding JACHO entanglements. I broke down and had a diet dr pepper (I am a stress drinker as well as stress eater) but I am proud to report I turned down a doughnut. <BR> <BR> I think our incident is going to be ok but the DON was looking stressed when I was able to make my escape. <BR> Thu, 6 Feb 2014 14:05:16 EST New to the group Hi. I'm new to SparkPeople and new to the group. Still trying to figure out how all this works. I'm lisa from Kansas and work varying shifts, usually 7P-7A, but sometimes 3-11, sometimes 11-7, and a little part-time stuff during the day. I promised myself that I would get healthy after finishing school and getting my kids raised. Chose to sacrifice my health for my kids, my career, and my education. So here it is, time to get real and start taking care of myself. <BR> <BR> Today's big ... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 03:37:44 EST Night shift wake up call Hi there everyone! I have been working straight night for different reasons for the last 15 years. I have been off last year for couple of months at a time due to surgeries and I have noticed that nights are becoming really hard for me to deal with. I am tired. I have also gained 100lbs and I am having such a hard time helping others when I feel like I can't help myself. I have decided to make a commitment to me and to my family and cut back slowly on the number of Nights I will do this year... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 12:27:34 EST What is your plan for the holidays? What are your plans for the Holidays? Are you working? I am working Christmas. I have been having fun getting ready for the holidays. We spent the weekend looking at decorations. <em>334</em> <em>460</em> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 21:06:55 EST how do you count your calories for the day? Do you count your calories from midnight to midnight. What I eat at lunch when I'm working is counted for the day its in or do you count from 8am to 8am? I know that is not very clear. Example:; I work a 12 hour night shift, so I wake up at 5:30pm and eat (breakfast for me), eat a snack around 11:00 pm, lunch around 2 am, and snack around 4am, then something before I go to bed at 10:00am. is that my day? i should i start counting calories at 5;30 pm and go to 5:30 pm the next day? or should I... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 05:35:39 EST Do you do Flu? Is the flu vax mandatory at your job? If it isn't are you getting one? If it is, would you get one if you weren't forced to? <BR> <BR> It's the law at one of my jobs, voluntary at the other. I wish there were more studies about how effective or not effective it is. One of my co-workers got neurological symptoms after the mandatory shot 2 years ago and his Dr told him not to get it again. Sat, 2 Nov 2013 00:11:29 EST Sleep schedules?! Everyone has a different way of coping with working nights- How do you do it? When do you sleep and how much? Do you sleep more or less than when you are on a "normal" daytime schedule? <BR> <BR> What about meals? Do you eat at regular times or just whenever you're hungry? Thu, 31 Oct 2013 01:18:48 EST Tell us a little about where you work! I am interested to hear about where everyone works- Are you in a hospital? Home health? Office? Other? Do you like your job? Are you looking for something else? Where do you think your ideal job is? How long have you been at your job or been a nurse in general? <BR> <BR> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 00:50:47 EST I have to figure this out! I have to lose weight and keep it off! I am a nurse, working 12 hour nights, and beginning my 3rd year of classes to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. I cannot be an obese NP! I have lost weight many times but am unable to maintain. I am also sedentary except for my hours worked. I sit at the computer for 12-15 hours a day. Every time i lose weight, it is a lonely battle. I am hoping having some support will help me stay on course. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 10:22:43 EST Trina RN Extreme makeover Watching Extreme makeover weight loss on demand. Watching the Episode with the RN Trina. The host Chris stated that Nursing has one of the highest obesity rates. Sad isn't it? Probably several reasons for it...Stress would be one of the biggest , we also take care of others and leave little left for ourselves. Crazy hours. Eating and running what ever is easiest. <BR> <BR> What are your thoughts on this? What are you doing to change the obstacles that nursing can create that get in the way... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 02:50:31 EST What area of nursing do you work? I'm an RN working in a step-down tele unit Other places I've worked are Med Surg, HHC, and with children with developmental disabilities <BR> <BR> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 03:33:27 EST New mom wants your support Hi everyone, I am looking for your support and suggestions/advice. I just had my first child in May and I am totally in love. I worked right up until she was born (my water actually broke at 4am while helping a patient to the bathroom) and I was lucky enough to be able to take 12 weeks maternity leave, but it is back to work on Friday. I work from 7pm to 7am on a med surg unit in a tiny rural hospital and I love my job and working nights. I am looking forward to going back to work but I a... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 13:42:48 EST Free from . . . What is the one thing you would like to be “free” from? Is it shopping for a certain size of clothing? Is it not impulsively eating one of those “treats” brought in our coworkers or clients? Maybe it is the freedom from hearing your children say, “I’m bored”? <BR> <BR> Take this month to work toward doing just that. Let us know what you are freeing yourself from and how you are doing along the way. <BR> Sat, 6 Jul 2013 20:24:22 EST July Challenge 1) Choose one new meal, fruit, or vegetable to try each week. Let us know which ones you liked the most and how you prepared the dish. <BR> 2) Exercise for 10 minutes at least 5 days a week. <BR> 3) Take time at least once a week to do something nice for yourself. It could be a bubble bath, reading a book, taking time to meditate or journal. <BR> <BR> <BR> Choose one or all to focus on this month and keep us up to date on your progress. Every little step helps, even if it means stepping bac... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 19:21:22 EST July Check-in & General Chat It is well into the new month and summer. What is keeping you busy and motivated toward your goals of living a healthier life? What can members do to help you get on or stay on track? <BR> Sat, 6 Jul 2013 19:10:26 EST Happy Oncology Nurses Month I would like to thank all our colleagues in oncology nursing. Oncology nurses can be found just about anywhere from the clinic to the operating room, to the readiology suite, to the infusion room, to impatient units & research. Oncology nurses may be involved in preventative & screening care, treatment, pallative & hospice care, and even teaching clients how to live their life after being cured of cancer. This year's theme reminds us diverse settings, clients, and skills used within this spec... Sun, 5 May 2013 14:27:52 EST May's Movement Challenge From what I have read it looks like quite a few of us are having difficutly getting in 10 minutes of exercise consistently.Let's use this month to try to get 5 days a week of 10 minutes of exercise. If you would like to seta higher goal, feel free & let us know how you are doing. <BR> <BR> Right now, I am standing at my computer jamning to the radio. I can tell that summer is coming, the music is much more up-beat & party like. <BR> <BR> Lets make May a month of movemet. It is also ALS awa... Sun, 5 May 2013 13:37:36 EST May-I Thank You May 6-12 is National Nurses Week. <BR> <BR> What are you doing to celebrate? <BR> Best/Worst nurse's week gifts? <BR> What are you thankful for in your profession? <BR> <BR> <BR> With this year's theme being "Delivering Quality and Innovation in patient care," what does this mean for you? How have you or your colleagues demonstrated quality and or innovation within the last year? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 5 May 2013 12:37:05 EST A to Z about Me A. Are you artistic? <BR> <BR> B. What is your favorite band? <BR> <BR> C. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? <BR> <BR> D. If you were not a nurse, what would your dream job be? <BR> <BR> E. What exotic pet would you like to have? <BR> <BR> F. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? <BR> <BR> G. What is the worst gift you have ever received? <BR> <BR> H. What habit would you like to be able to break? <BR> <BR> I. What one indulgence would you like to have? <... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 22:34:32 EST Hi there! My name is Steph. It has been a loooong loooong time since the last time I was on SparkPeople. I just updated my goals and saw that my weight has shifted up over the years instead of down. It's part my fault and partly my circumstances with school and work and home etc....but it's time to change some things. <BR> <BR> I'm tired of buying new shorts every summer b/c I can't fit into the old ones. I'm also tired of wearing jeans every summer b/c I have no shorts... <BR> <BR> I'm also ki... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 15:03:02 EST April Shower's Challenge In TN this last weekend in March, we are having scattered showers, at times some high winds, cool to cold temperatures & cloudy weather. On top of that, there is more than enough pollen and other allergens floating around to make it difficult for those of us with allergies to spend much time outside. This is definitely not the kind of weather I want to get out and exercise in. <BR> <BR> With spring well announcing itself in some parts of the northern hemisphere & winter not quite seeming to... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 22:49:58 EST April Discussion Question-Unique Nursing Mettings Just the other night I went to a dinner at a friend’s place for a religious holiday, where we discussed life and death. The interesting thing is that 4 out of 11 of us were nurses. 2 were nurse practioners; 2 were general RN’s. 2 had 20+ years of experience; 2 had less than 10 years experience. Each of the last groups had 1 in each of the previous groups. <BR> <BR> Have you ever had an unusual/unexpected meeting of colleagues? An unlikely time? Place? Reason? What kind of discussion did you... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 22:25:06 EST New member Hi name is Jeannie. I've been working night shift for over 20 years. Over the years, I've let my weight get out of control and really haven't been good about either my diet or my exercise habits. I decided a couple of months ago to try and get my act together and have managed to lose 18 pounds on my own but still have a long way (weigh <em>211</em> ) to go. I just joined SparkPeople and am starting to learn all of the resources available. I look forward to connecting wit... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 05:04:04 EST Hello fellow night nurses! Hi! <BR> My name is Alicia, I work on a very busy mom/baby unit as well as nursery transition. I have done nights for 5 years and wanted to see how other night nurses delt with diet/exercise/sleeping while being a night nurse! <BR> <BR> I have 3 very active boys and go to school full time as well, so finding time and motivation on top of being a night nurse has been extremely difficult! I hope to find some tips and motivators here. :) <BR> <BR> Nice to meet everyone! <BR> Alicia Thu, 7 Mar 2013 19:02:20 EST March Madness Challenge What is one thing that you have found diffcult to do in building a healthy life style? Take this month to focus on this difficulty task by breaking it down into small goals & reaching them. Let us know how you are progressing and if/when you need additional support. <BR> <BR> We are here to add life to our lives and that of others; lets also add joy & peace of mind to that longer healthier life. <BR> <BR> Amanda Sat, 2 Mar 2013 12:25:32 EST February-Love yourself (& others) challenge Most of us can come up with at least one thing that we don't like about ourselves. Isn't that why most of us are here? This month I encourage you to find one thing to do each day to show love for yourself and those around you. <BR> <BR> Did you take time to spend witha special friend? <BR> Did you take the time to get enough sleep? <BR> Did you get your exercise in for the day? <BR> Did you take time to read or do some other favorite hobby? <BR> <BR> <BR> We are all lovely people, so ho... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 18:22:29 EST 2013 Daily Check-ins & General Chat I thought it mighty be good to start a new area for our general communications. A local forum I belong to calls this their front porch. It is a place for us to gather & talk about things in general. <BR> <BR> Have a Healthy Year. Thu, 3 Jan 2013 06:13:54 EST Above & Beyond As nurses, we are known for our generosity towards our clients, cattiness toward each other, & not taking the time for our own healthy actions. <BR> <BR> Let's inspire each other with those times we went above & beyond for a client, friend, family member & ourselves. <BR> <BR> Although we are all professionals here remember to protect client's identification. We are the US's most trusted profession for a reason. Let's keep it that way.' Thu, 3 Jan 2013 05:50:22 EST Hello 2013 is the year that i promised myself I will lose weight and be healthy, I am a night RN tried so hard to eat healthy at home but cant resist the the food at work in our sleepy hours and exhausted body I make a lot of excuses with unhealthy meals. <BR> I hope you guys will inspires me my goal for this year. <BR> <BR> Wol Wed, 2 Jan 2013 11:32:45 EST Healthy New Year Challenge for January Okay, we have made it through the holidays. For those of you who have stuck to the program, HURRAY!! For those of us who indulged in too many holiday goodies, the time is now to reset and get back on track. <BR> <BR> For January, I would like each of you to set a couple simple goals which you will try to reach by the end of the month. Share these goals with us. Give us updates along the way. Ask for encouragement and ideas along the way & most importantly let us celebrate your sucesses. <BR... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 01:42:01 EST Who's working New Years Eve ? I have it off for the first time in many years. Exciting ! <BR> <em>104</em> <em>408</em> Thu, 27 Dec 2012 03:18:44 EST Education Opportunities I have started this post for you to place continuing education links, places, dates & times for conventions etc. <BR> <BR> Please tell a little about the educational offering & let members know if there is a cost. There are a lot of really good free CEU opportunities out there. Wed, 19 Dec 2012 19:11:54 EST Where is everybody at? It looks like it has been awhile since anyone has posted on our General Team Discussion, so I thought I would give us something to think about. <BR> <BR> Whare are you at: <BR> <BR> 1. location <BR> 2. career <BR> 3.healthy life style goals <BR> a.exercise <BR> b. weight loss <BR> c. healthy eating <BR> 4. any other life goals Tue, 18 Dec 2012 10:26:22 EST Dec Checklist Challenge I know this busy month is almost 1/2 over before a challenge has been posted. <BR> <BR> With all the shopping lists, lists to Santa, guest lists, etc. don't forget to put your healthy life style goals on the to do list. <BR> <BR> Amanda, RN Thu, 13 Dec 2012 16:25:31 EST new team leader introduction Hello all. It sounds like this forum's team had inactive leader(s). I have led this group before, but then switched to day shift and kinda slipped off the site. For the last year I have been working night shift at an inpatient hospice in the Nashville, TN area. Although, I am looking to transition to a day shift job, I am willing to lead this group. <BR> <BR> I am originally from South Dakota & currently live in the Nashville, TN area. I am taking the holidays off from work, to seek day emp... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 16:05:30 EST Need prayers/advice I just scheduled my NCLEX RN for Thursday the 20 the. It's been nearly 6 months since graduation and I'm scared out of my mind that I've forgotten everything. I'm sitting here crying like a baby. Frustrated that it took me this long to save up the money to do this. I have to pass the first time... can't afford to take it twice... <BR> <BR> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 08:30:34 EST What do you take for lunch I love working night shift, but I hate that after 9 pm all I want to do is eat. What are some healthy things you pack for lunch? How often do you eat? Tue, 18 Sep 2012 06:00:11 EST Keeping ontrack at work. Ok, I am glad that families are greatful, and bring us food, but lately there has been a LOT of goodies in the break room. On top of that, one of our nurses has a husband that works at Tippins! <BR> <BR> My strategy: Several of us walk in together, so I ask one of my co-workers to carry my lunch bag into the break room, so I don't even see what is in there. The only time I see to goodies is when I eat lunch, and since there are others in there, I am less likely indulge. <BR> <BR> Pam Sun, 27 May 2012 23:19:28 EST Blahs! Any suggestions for getting over the blahs? A great SparkGoodie for the most original suggestion. And, yes, I'm low enough to resort to bribery! Tue, 24 Apr 2012 18:18:16 EST HI Hi I am Jenn I am an RN supervisor overnights. I work Mon-fri 11p-730a. I need help trying to get myself on track I have worked this shift for over a year and I still feel like I cannot get a fitness and diet plan ontrack Tue, 17 Apr 2012 05:50:19 EST Low Census & Being on Call? Anyone here have to be "On Call" when called off due to low census?? Tue, 28 Feb 2012 16:42:23 EST Where is everybody? I have recently (yesterday) joined this team and see there hasn't been much "talk" lately. So I'm wondering if you all are still out there. How are things going for everyone? <em>334</em> Sun, 22 Jan 2012 00:08:44 EST Hello from Idaho It's a new year and time for me to make some changes. I'm committed to making healthier choices in 2012. Sun, 1 Jan 2012 16:46:18 EST Hi! Hey everyone! My name is Kacie and I'm a RN at a small, critical access hospital in rural Iowa working 12 hour night shifts. We're currently shorthanded, so I've been alternating between 3 and 4 twelves per week. <BR> <BR> I've been engaged for 3 years now and my fiance and I are attempting to plan a wedding (after stopping plans twice before to move to SC and back). In January we welcomed our daughter who is the light of our lives. My fiance is a stay at home dad until mid-February wh... Tue, 27 Dec 2011 05:12:33 EST Hello Hi everyone, <BR> I'm going to try SP again after a couple of years of extreme stresses. I'm hoping to get some helpful hints on how to eat right while working the midnight shift. I've been working straight midnights for 5 years in CCU and find it hard to balance my meals with my sleeping pattern. Any helpful hints will be appreciated! Thu, 17 Nov 2011 21:35:20 EST November Goals Please share you November goals with us! Wed, 2 Nov 2011 15:22:44 EST Newbie I'm so happy to find this site. I'm a 50 year old night shift nurse who has about 40 lbs to lose to get back to my "feel good" weight. The 12 hour shifts have really taken a toll on my body and I also have fibromyalgia to deal with. I am looking forward to returning to a healthy lifestyle and feeling great. Wed, 12 Oct 2011 16:43:07 EST new to the group Just thought I would say hi! My name is Tim and I have been an RN for 2 years now and am new to night shifts. I am finishing up my BSN, and getting used to a new hospital. I have spent all of my time working in psych so far. Looking forward to changing my lifestyle and weight, so hopefully I don't feel as hypocritical while doing education on diet, exercise, and smoking... Mon, 26 Sep 2011 03:40:19 EST Desperate for change Hi everyone. Wanted to drop a short note saying I am new on the site and am hoping to gain some useful info and make a few new friends. I am still exploring the site. There is so much to look at that I am a bit overwhelmed. I am ready to make some changes in my life and would appreciate you sharing anything you have found to be especially helpful when getting started. Fri, 5 Aug 2011 22:39:00 EST How to increase calories Hi fellow night nurses, <BR> I am looking for suggestions to keep my calories up during the nights I work. My typical shift is I go straight to bed, then wake around 4pm (on a good day) then go to Curves, I sometimes will get a snack after Curves or else get a protein shake when I get to work, then I eat around 2am. So my problem is getting enough calories in the 24 hour period. I travel away from home to work my 6 shifts together and am staying in a friend's house. Any ideas would be appreci... Thu, 14 Jul 2011 14:50:05 EST Newbie Here! Hey Everyone, I'm a CNA working NOC at Loma Linda in CA. I am new here to this site. I am really really going to try hard and lose the weight this time. I have been saying this for years now, usually around January for New years and June which is 6 months before my's a horrible cycle. I just got out of a 11 year toxic relationship, so I figure if I can get rid of him, I can get rid of this weight! I have 6 wonderful boys! They are 18,17,15,14,11 and 6! <BR> <BR> Good luck to ... Sat, 9 Jul 2011 02:55:43 EST Hey Y'all Hi. I'm Angie. I'm the night shift supervisor on a very busy Postpartum Unit in Fort Worth, Texas. I've worked nights for the past 12 years and have watched my weight slowly increase with each passing year. we all know how tricky it is to eat well and exercise while working a backwards schedule from the rest of the world. Well, switching to day shift is not an option, but getting my health back is, so here I am. I recently joined a great gym and have been working with a very patient trai... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 10:19:25 EST Hi I'm a nurse in an Inpatient psychiatric unit....looking for any advice on how to be successful on spark people and work 3 twelve hour night shifts :) Sat, 11 Jun 2011 04:02:42 EST Being a Nurse <link> </link> Sun, 29 May 2011 09:05:58 EST Reintroduce Yourself - June Can you believe that six months has gone already or Summer is literally around the corner? Crazy right?!? Well with all the new members that has came aboard I thought it would be great to reintroduce ourselves so the new members could get to know the old and vice versa. Great Idead right? RIGHT? Here are 5 questions so we can get to know each other and if you want to add something extra go ahead! <BR> <BR> 1. What is your name? (With the first letter of your name pair it with a food: e... Sun, 29 May 2011 08:54:28 EST June Goal This month is all about doing something extra at work. Rather you take a 15 minute break and do some exercises, walk around your building after work, gave an another bath, or 10 squats at your nursing station when you find you are getting a little tired or bored. When you come in to check up on us let us know what you did. Sun, 29 May 2011 08:42:15 EST When is a good time to buy new uniforms? I'm one of those that will lose tons of inches before I see the scale move and I notice this with my scrubs. I was thinking about buying a couple of pairs of pants but don't want to do it too soon. My pants are starting to get a little baggy, but my tops are a little loose but not so much to wear I have to buy some. I noticed the last day I work I was standing and had a bulge where a female shouldn't have one because my pants were so A co-worker and I laughed for like 2 hours abo... Sun, 29 May 2011 08:36:46 EST Differences Between Graduate Nurse and Experienced A Graduate Nurse throws up when the patient does. <BR> An experienced nurse calls housekeeping when a patient throws up <BR> <BR> A Graduate Nurse wears so many pins on their name badge you can't read it. <BR> An experienced nurse doesn't wear a name badge for liability reasons <BR> <BR> A Graduate Nurse charts too much. <BR> An experienced nurse doesn't chart enough. <BR> <BR> A Graduate Nurse loves to run to codes. <BR> An experienced nurse makes graduate nurses run to codes. <BR> <B... Sun, 29 May 2011 08:30:29 EST Yoga Nursing HOw yoga helps men and women nurses and families to melt away stress and be happy. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s/1135-yoga-nursing </link> <BR> <BR> I started doing yoga (more like yoga type about a week ago and it has help me channel some work related stress. I found this video this morning.... Mon, 23 May 2011 09:15:28 EST Compassion Fatigue The stresses and strains of working in the nursing industry can take their toll on even the strongest personality (ME!). From persistent patients/patients families to strict regulations, nurses are constantly facing challenges both big and small, physical and emotional. At some point, it is more than likely that the pressures of our job will get to you and you will wonder, “Is it worth it?” Burnout, also known as compassion fatigue, can get the best of you, but only if you let it. <BR> <BR>... Mon, 23 May 2011 08:45:27 EST Pyxis Narc Count I work at a facility where a nurse has to go to a "Narc Room" with a "Narc Key" and sign out for whatever "narcotic" that the nurse needs. When signing out for the med the nurse would have to write: <BR> time signed out, <BR> patient name, <BR> room number, <BR> medication, <BR> how many are going to be left after taken what you need <BR> and the nurses signature (if you have to waste, of course a witness is needed). <BR> Time consuming and when you have more than one patient you are... Mon, 23 May 2011 08:17:13 EST Provigil /Nuvigil Any one taken it or know any one who has. <BR> <BR> Just wondering about any thoughts and feedback any one might have. <BR> <BR> I have co-workers who think it works well. I briefly discussed it with my doctor and he said that we needed to get my sleep under control first. Wed, 18 May 2011 09:13:17 EST I'm the 800th Member... ...and I hope it brings me luck! <BR> <BR> I am a recent grad taking on a new career after 22 years of doing something completely different. I will be working pm's in adult psych and can't wait to get started on Monday, my first day. I've neglected myself and have actually gained weight since joining SparkPeople several years ago. Not the direction I want the needle to go! <BR> <BR> Looking for encouragement and a good kick. <BR> <BR> Lu Tue, 17 May 2011 18:31:15 EST Changes to future nursing practice Expand scope of practice. Facilitate higher education. Claim a seat at the table where policy, finance and clinical decisions are made. Establish effective staffing formulas through data collection. <BR> <BR> These four key messages may seem like a recurring dream to nurses who have heard them before. However, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, and last fall’s watershed report, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” finally have provided the bedrock t... Mon, 16 May 2011 10:39:05 EST Tell me about your sleep problems..and what worked I am having a terrible time. I seem to do okay as long as I stay on a night shift schedule. When I have to turn around my sleep spirals out of control. <BR> <BR> I am having issues both falling and staying asleep. <BR> <BR> I am extremely irritable. I feel like I am being fake with my patinets to over compensate for my irritability. <BR> <BR> I am having trouble staying awake at work and worried about errors. <BR> <BR> I am having trouble staying awake on my 45 minute commute home. <BR... Wed, 11 May 2011 16:57:36 EST Tribute to Nurses Video <link> </link> Mon, 9 May 2011 05:24:10 EST NEW TEAM CO-LEADER **************************NASCAR-CHICK****<BR>******************************** <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 7 May 2011 04:35:39 EST What are your goals for the Month of May? Do you reset your fitness goals every month? Share with us on what you are going to be doing. Maybe it'll help others get ideas. <BR> <BR> Me? Turbo Jam (of course) I'm still planning on what I'm doing each day. I also plan to incorporate Jump Roping and some beginners yoga. <BR> <BR> What are you doing? Sat, 30 Apr 2011 04:56:25 EST ABC....H althcare A ...Ambulance Sat, 30 Apr 2011 04:51:13 EST What will you GAIN when you LOSE? I know, I know I stole this (I like to think of borrowing it), but really what will you Gain when you lose? <BR> <BR> <BR> Me? The ability to tuck in a button down shirt and loose the nickname that I gave my belly (grocery bags) Sat, 30 Apr 2011 04:50:07 EST What has helped you on your journey? Pre-made salads @ Walmart, never or 300 calories. I usually add a cup of mushrooms and cup of cherry tomatoes <BR> <BR> Spark friends <BR> <BR> Short work out periods when my time is limited or I'm not really feeling up to working out. It usually pumps me up to do more. Love Turbo Jam 20 minute work out, Leslie Sansone Walk a Mile in 10 minutes (usually do x2 or 3). Sat, 30 Apr 2011 04:47:50 EST MAY NURSE OF THE MONTH <em>209</em> <em>209</em> <em>209</em> <em>209</em> <em>209</em> <em>209</em> <BR> <BR> **************************************SL<BR>PUCKETT*******************************<BR>**************** <BR> <BR> Rudy has been a very importmant team member and we are so lucky to have her. She huddles with the team every single day, it's very rare when I don't see that she has motivate the team in her daily huddle.She post comments to the team forums and other members blogs. She has also achieved... Sat, 30 Apr 2011 04:40:46 EST May Goal Our April Fitness minutes totalled over 29,100 minutes. Great job team! But, I would like us to push just a little bit harder. For the month of May let's work towards having over 35,000 fitness minutes. All you have to do is to make sure you put in your fitness minutes and since you are in the team, sparks automatically adds the minutes to the team. When you stop by to see how the team is doing, give us an update on what you have been doing, maybe it'll give others ideas and maybe you'll lea... Sat, 30 Apr 2011 04:28:11 EST Any Nurse Jackie Fans? For the past two seasons I have been in love with this show just because I find it so funny. But, recently I seen some forums on other websites and I can't believe what I read.... My question is: <BR> <BR> What are your views as a nurse about the show? Tue, 26 Apr 2011 17:50:08 EST Night NursesSleep strategy throws off Clock When I was looking for a new image for the team I ran by this article...interesting... <link><BR>eep-circadian-clocks/ </link> Tue, 26 Apr 2011 17:21:49 EST American Nurses Association Are you a member? Once upon a time I was thinking about it, but right now I can't really see the benefit of it and I don't know if they let lpns join. I could look into that....just a random question I had when I was looking at the Fri, 22 Apr 2011 08:36:47 EST some brutal honesty, please I am just at wits end. Over the past 5 years my weight has climbed despite my attempts otherwise. I did manage, however, to quit smoking. I work full time nights (8hr shifts, 10 nights out of 14) and I just can't seem to get a routine that is conclusive to weight loss. I have an extremely hard time fitting in exercise, if I do it in the morning - I can't sleep, if I wait till I wake up - I can't seem to fit it in with everything else that needs to be done.Some days I sleep well, others, I can... Thu, 21 Apr 2011 13:22:54 EST TOP 10 Tips for Night Nurses The night shift can be challenging to your success at work and also to your ability to maintain physical and emotional health. Whether by design or by necessity, when you find yourself working the night shift, practice these tips to help you manage your work-life balance: <BR> <BR> A friend found this article and I just wanted to share with you all..... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ¡öSleep and eat well prior to your shift. After all, most "daytime people" come to work after a good night's slee... Mon, 18 Apr 2011 05:02:43 EST Online Nursing Schools For the past year I've been hearing alot of co-workers talk about online nursing schools. I can say that I'm not a big fan of nurses who chooses that route, but of course there are exceptions. LPN-RN (IF you have been an LPN for years and has experience many different settings), RN-BSN, BSN- to a more office type setting receiving your Masters...I can understand because the "on the floor" practice isn't really needed. <BR> <BR> My concern is mainly geared towards LPN-RN online schools with ... Thu, 14 Apr 2011 08:03:03 EST Never eat from the nurses fridge! I gotten this email and just wanted to share....Never eat from the nurses fridge! <BR> <BR> Night shift humor <BR> Dec 28, 2003 06:59 PM written by mittels <BR> <BR> <BR> Working in a hospital several years ago, me and my co-workers had quit an experience. <BR> Once a week the tele/ccu/icu/med/surg dept would have a pot luck. This time the tele floor decided we would have an extra, just for our floor. Well the CNA brought out the food. Me and two other nurses were eating this pasta salad,... Sat, 9 Apr 2011 14:39:19 EST Need support now? Post here! Whether you are thinking about skipping the gym or faced with a food dilemma (example- cookies vs salad)- share it with us and let us support your strengths and give you encouragement! Sun, 3 Apr 2011 17:02:57 EST Good-bye night shifters :-( Even though I am hoping to renew my goal setting through spark people, I will be leaving the night shift nurses group. It has been nearly a year since I have worked a night shift. I really miss it, but everyone has to move forward in their own direction. Right now, I am working as research coordinator and a staffing agency nurse. This allows me the flexibility I need to fight ny depression and to further explore my next steps in the profession. (Right now, the idea is a dual NPD/PhD with a p... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 16:50:57 EST Nurse of the Month <em>208</em> <em>208</em> <em>208</em> <em>208</em> <em>208</em> <em>208</em> <em>208</em> <BR> <BR> HIKINGSD <BR> <BR> She has been really helping out with the team, constantly posting, coming up with new ideas for the group. Not only is she extremely active with the TEAM, but she's really involved in sparks in general. She blogs practically daily and she is such a motivation. Let's here it for HIKINGSD!!!! Fri, 1 Apr 2011 02:41:53 EST Day Shift vs. Night Shift I think this is most likely everywhere, but do you get a hint sometimes that day shift believes that we do absolutely nothing throughout our whole shift. Granted we don't see administration...(THANK GOODNESS!), but some of us do get to see doctors...and get admits. Lately, I've been seeing things just put off until I get orders that were written that morning, not being seen until I check charts.... <BR> <BR> I always say something, because I'm just not a type of person that hold... Wed, 30 Mar 2011 06:08:32 EST FOOL YOURSELF CHALLENGE <em>312</em> <em>312</em> <em>312</em> <em>312</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fool yourself challenge is a challenge that involves fooling your body and mind of thinking it's just doing one exercise but you're actually doing it twice. <BR> <BR> For instance: Taking the might take one flight of stairs at work, home or anywhere... but go back down then come up again making yourself go up 2 instead of one. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>206</em> <em>206</em> <em>206</em> <em>206</em> <em... Mon, 21 Mar 2011 22:54:07 EST Do you use I love this website! Do you use it? Wed, 16 Mar 2011 03:18:19 EST Hello Hi my name I Bethany and I work nights on a pediatric/short stay unit. I worked for 2 years on the day shift in an oncology unit but desperately needed a change. I'm excited to be a part of this team! Thu, 10 Mar 2011 14:11:20 EST Good Morning... Im Melanie. Im a 3rd shift nurse in ltc. Im tired of being tired and cranky all the time. Not too happy of the extra poundage that is on my body either. Although I have been on this shift for 2 years, am finding it very difficult to get back into a healthy is discouraging. Look forward to sharing this experience with others that understand..... Wed, 9 Mar 2011 08:21:48 EST Exercised today? Not yet, for me. I will be going hiking in a few hours (when it is closer to it being lighter outside!) Tue, 8 Mar 2011 04:54:50 EST Hello Hello all my name is Jenny and I am new to this team.... I am a CNA and starting night shift this week. I am also in Nursing school. I have not worked night shift in over 4 years so I hope I adjust ok lol . Mon, 7 Mar 2011 22:02:24 EST Hours of sleep today? 9 Mon, 7 Mar 2011 03:42:15 EST Longest SP Streak? What is your longest Streak on SP? (Click on "SparkStreaks" on top of SP page to view) <BR> <BR> Mine- 102 days for "log in and spin the sparkpoints wheel" Sun, 6 Mar 2011 06:26:22 EST Daily Check. Please share how your day is going! Please feel free to share how your day is going, any struggles that you might/will face today, or anything that's on your mind! Sun, 6 Mar 2011 06:11:27 EST Buddy System **NOTICE** I will be leaving this team soon and will not be able to match people up anymore. Please use this post to find buddies and get in touch with people that are looking for buddies. Thank you, hikingsd <BR> <BR> Would you be interested in a buddy system? <BR> <BR> If so, please let me know (either through replying to this message or sparkmail) and I can pair you up with someone. <BR> <BR> Please include the following: <BR> <BR> What would you like to get ouf of having a buddy? ... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 04:09:02 EST What are you doing today to change your tomorrow? It can be health, family, attitude or anything! <BR> <BR> I suffer from depression and can get caught up in my own head. <BR> <BR> Each day I remind myself that I am worthy. I am worthy of happiness. I am worthy of love. I am worthy. <BR> <BR> Is there something you are doing today to make your tomorrow better? Sun, 6 Mar 2011 03:24:48 EST Nursing Tip # 57 From-<BR>.asp <BR> <BR> Plan to exploit everyone's strengths to meet the needs of your patients. Keep in mind that everyone on your team has different strengths. Some of us are very good at technical skills. Some of us are very good at the social skills. So somebody may not be very good at the technical skills, but may be very good with interpersonal skills. <BR> <BR> Make sure that you are using everybody's strengths to the best of their ability... Sat, 5 Mar 2011 09:22:26 EST Coping skills to share? While reading through blogs today I was impressed by BRILYNN79's blog <BR> <BR><BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4062281 <BR> <BR> She has listed out her coping skills. Brilliant!! <BR> <BR> Do you have any to share that might help out others? Fri, 4 Mar 2011 06:24:58 EST Taking advantage of all that SP has to offer? SP offers so many tools.... <BR> <BR> Are you taking advantage of any of them? All of them? <BR> <BR> I do not use the "planner" much. I find it hard to manage. <BR> <BR> How about you? Fri, 4 Mar 2011 06:21:41 EST Favorite SP feature? I must admit that I look forward to spinning the wheel daily <em>347</em> <BR> <BR> What is your favorite feature on SP? Fri, 4 Mar 2011 06:18:02 EST What is your favorite caffeinated drink? My drug/drink of choice is Diet Coke. Can't stand the taste of it but don't want the calories of regular coke. Fri, 4 Mar 2011 05:45:00 EST Wheel points? I got 3 today <em>347</em> Fri, 4 Mar 2011 05:42:57 EST Do you take a sleep aide? I take melatonin and it works great for me! Thu, 3 Mar 2011 04:13:27 EST How many hours of sleep do you get? How many hours of sleep do you get? Is it different on nights that you work? <BR> <BR> I get 8-10 hours of sleep. It is no different if I work or not. I protect my sleep <em>102</em> Thu, 3 Mar 2011 04:11:49 EST Do you work 8, 10, or 12's? I work 12 hour about you? Thu, 3 Mar 2011 01:37:25 EST March Night Shift Nurse of the Month BisQuicknut <BR> <BR> She did an awesome job trying to get this group on a roll with new topics and games. She is such an wonderful person and a great inspiration to keep pushing ourselves to do what is needed to live a healthier lifestyle. Thank you BisQuick for everything!!!!!! <em>208</em> Wed, 2 Mar 2011 05:19:00 EST Does Patient Satisfaction affect Patient Care? This is a topic that has come up recently where I work. It seems like more and more satisfaction is the top priority. There was an incident where a nurse was written up because a patient complained she was not supportive of her breastfeeding. This nurse was never questioned about the incident, her charting was never reviewed. She was written up and that was the end of it. Her charting reflected the incident. She is not interested in pursuing anything with HR but I believe I would myself... Sun, 27 Feb 2011 17:56:19 EST What specialties have you practiced in? I currently do special care nursery, correctional (County Jail) and Adolescent Psych <BR> <BR> I have also done: <BR> NICU <BR> Post Partum <BR> New Born Nursery <BR> Mother Baby (I liked them separate than couplet care. I felt like each patient got more specialized attention, but couplet care is easier for them to just have one nurse) <BR> Pediatrics <BR> Adult Psych (My least favorite) <BR> School Nursing (My favorite but the pay stinks!) <BR> I started orienting for labor and delivery, ... Sun, 27 Feb 2011 17:42:42 EST Am I the only weirdo? Recert for CPR and NRP make me so nervous. <BR> <BR> I just redid my NRP the other day. We were video taped. I was literally shaking! I was so stressed I could not get my bag to work right. I always stress out about CPR. <BR> <BR> Why can't they just check us off when we are functioning in real life? <BR> <BR> I think it goes back to the fact that I found checkoffs in nursing school. I hated them and they produced so much anxiety. One of my good friends says she quit nursing school b... Sun, 27 Feb 2011 17:37:15 EST Certification Are you certified or working to become certified. This has become a goal of mine. I have not set a time line because I am so busy with school, work and life I really don't need another iron in the fire. <BR> <BR> Just wondering if you would share your experience? Did you take a course or study on your own. Our hospital is now paying up front so thats even more incentive to do it. Sun, 27 Feb 2011 17:33:41 EST March Challenge Have you ever really noticed what you were cooking with or how your recipe for something seemed to have a little too much butter, cream, bacon? No? Well, recently I just posted a link were it showed how 300 calories is shown 2 different ways. Granted it was you cooking at home verses going out to eat, but still my famous Mama's Macaroni and Cheese is a killer 1200 calories a serving! I'm thinking of ways to change that and still be as good to the soul. <BR> <BR> So this challenge is for thi... Sun, 27 Feb 2011 01:46:40 EST What 300 calories really look like.... Ok nurses, I just came across this article on sparkspeople that I fell absolutely in love with and wanted to share with all of you. It shows what 300 calories look like when you cook verses going out to eat. It breaks it down with breakfast, lunch with 350 calories and dinner with 400 calories. It makes you kind of rethink.... <BR> <BR><BR>ition_articles.asp?id=1260 <BR> <BR> I might make this a look out... Sat, 26 Feb 2011 00:18:05 EST If I could be any Nurse I would be... This is where you tell us what type of field that you have been thinking about getting into or would like to try out.... <BR> <BR> <BR> I would like to work on a Burn Unit. Wound care is interesting to me, maybe because I see stage 4's all the time, but I think with burn pt it would be challenging to deal with pain, infections and total patience Tue, 22 Feb 2011 03:07:13 EST LTAC LTAC....aka...Long Term Acute Care Hospitals. Some believe that these aren't hospitals but more like nursing homes. What do you think?.... <BR> <BR> Me, myself say they are limited hospitals. All I know is that I currently work at one and it's total medsurg. We do everything a hospital does except that our pharmacy and lab goes home after 3/4/5 o'clock...leaving night shift to fend for themselves. Then that's when we have to send our patients labs to another hospital, and if we don't have th... Wed, 16 Feb 2011 04:48:17 EST Night Shift Nurse of the Month Just wanted to say thanks to my fellow night shifters. I have been a little down lately and this is a real booster for me. <BR> <BR> I have been working hard on making blogging a priority. It has been a very cathartic experience and I never really thought anyone would take the time to read it, but I am happy that they have been helpful to others. <BR> <BR> <BR> It could not have come at a better time! <BR> Tue, 1 Feb 2011 00:34:52 EST Febuary Night Nurse of the Month!!!!! !!!!Brilynn79!!!! <BR> <BR> She's is an awesome person who keeps up with her blog, weight loss and her Night Shift Nurses Team! A couragous person for stepping up and keeping us informed about her surgery. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You for being so positive and keep up with the good work Mon, 31 Jan 2011 06:00:35 EST Challenge to post more We need to get on here and post more not just once or twice then nothing. Or the same few people trying to keep it going (not me I am just as guilty about not posting). You know as nurses that teamwork is the only way to go. We can all motivate and push each other. And who better to understand what night shift nurses are going through but night shift nurses. <BR> And it sounds like most of us are specialty areas which are higher stress and higher stress can cause setbacks if you don't have p... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 13:25:06 EST Your Favorite Scrubs... Post a pic of your favorite scrubs and tell us why you love them so much! Post pics here: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>roups_photos.asp?gid=5684 </link> <BR> Sat, 22 Jan 2011 07:42:55 EST Quotes ..... Inside some of us is a thin person struggling to get out but they can usually be sedated with a few pieces of chocolate cake! <BR> <BR> <BR> A diet is the penalty we pay for exceeding the Feed Limit.... <BR> <BR> Don't go out of your weigh to please anyone but yourself Sat, 22 Jan 2011 07:33:52 EST Joint Commissi n....aka JACHO :( I know that it's about that time around my neighborhood where JACHO will be on their way. My hospital has sent out newsletters, what to do's and they are even having people from corporate to do a "mock JACHO"....really? My point It's funny how they only care when "it's about that time" But you didn't hear that from me...So how does JACHO affect your facility? Sat, 22 Jan 2011 07:31:11 EST What's keeps you motivated? What keeps you motivated in losing weight, learning the whatnot's to living a healthier lifestyle, staying on SPARK!? Sat, 22 Jan 2011 07:26:30 EST Spit or Swallow Ok, I "borrowed" this from another team that I'm in and thought it was fun and funny...Pick a food, the next person who response will either say spit if they don't like it or swallow it they do, then they pick a food and so on....Simple right? I'll start..... <BR> <BR> Dark Chocolate Sat, 22 Jan 2011 04:58:35 EST February Goal- Learn to Love Yourself Every month I'll be sending out a monthly goal for not only ourselves as a team but also individually. With the it being Valentine Month, I thought about what could we possibly do to get our self mentally, emotionally and most definitely physically in gear towards our biggest goal....BEING A BETTER US! With that I came up with Learn to Love Yourself Month. As nurses we tend to care about everyone else except for ourselves and this month we are going to get back intuned with the little girls w... Sat, 22 Jan 2011 04:50:49 EST 30 minute Challenge!!!! For the Month of Feburary Night Shift Nurses are going to challenge ourselves to do a Cardio 3x a week for 30 minutes for the month of Feburary. Starting Feburary 1st! Bike, jog, do a dvd video (which is my plan), dance or whatever you think you can do to get your heart rate up. Who's with me? Keep your sisters updated....Let us know what you are doing, how you are doing, is it working for you? Sat, 22 Jan 2011 04:04:54 EST Are you a coffee junky? I have never been a fan of it, but I have been drinking some lately because it has less calories. <BR> <BR> Any brands you are in love with or any other tips? Thu, 20 Jan 2011 07:09:56 EST Am I the only one who stays on a night shift sleep My husband works evenings so its just easier for us to communicate and spend time together. <BR> <BR> I am fortunate not to have children to dictate my sleeping pattern, or lack there of like some of my sleep deprived co-workers. <BR> <BR> Just wondering if I am the only one who does this? Wed, 19 Jan 2011 06:22:28 EST Why are you a night shift nurse? Because thats the postion that was available? Because of childcare arragnements or other life circumtances? Or beacuse you choose to? <BR> <BR> I choose nights. I would choose evenings but those shifts have all but disappeared. I worked days for 5 years and never got acclimated to it. I love the easy going attitudes on nights, lack of management, copious amounts of visitor etc. I hate the day shift Type A personalities, dealing with all the docs and ancillary staff polluting the statio... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 06:04:45 EST Give a Goodie Challenge Give a Goodie Challenge: We'll start a count and for all double numbers - send someone on this team a Goodie incentive from the Night Shift Nurses Team! Wed, 19 Jan 2011 05:50:10 EST What was the BEST thing about your last shift ? Quiet Wed, 19 Jan 2011 05:48:01 EST Fun Time - 2 Words Change 1 Shift Work Wed, 19 Jan 2011 05:47:07 EST New again... Hey everyone. My name is Ashley. This isn't my first time with spark or with this team. I'm starting all over again trying to stick with it this time. I'm at my all time highest weight and I need to lose it!! My ultimate goal is to be healthy! I am a night shift RN supervisor in a rural hospital. I primarily work a med-surg floor. I'm looking to make a change in my life so I can better make a change in others' lives. Sun, 16 Jan 2011 07:09:02 EST Hello I am new to Spark. My name is Angie,I am a night shift nurse on a very busy telemetry unit. Fri, 14 Jan 2011 09:33:26 EST Hello Hey everyone <BR> I'm Amy, 33 year old wife and mom of 2. I've been an RN for almost 13 years (yikes)and I've worked nights for all of those! I love it and wouldn't trade it even if they paid more on days!! LOL I worked in an adolescent psych unit for the first 4 years and have been an L&D nurse for the last 8. <BR> I just completed a surrogacy so I have been out for the past 6 weeks and am now getting ready to go back in 2 days. I've been working out and counting calories faithfully for 2 w... Wed, 12 Jan 2011 20:16:43 EST Hello Hey everyone <BR> I'm Amy, 33 year old wife and mom of 2. I've been an RN for almost 13 years (yikes)and I've worked nights for all of those! I love it and wouldn't trade it even if they paid more on days!! LOL I worked in an adolescent psych unit for the first 4 years and have been an L&D nurse for the last 8. <BR> I just completed a surrogacy so I have been out for the past 6 weeks and am now getting ready to go back in 2 days. I've been working out and counting calories faithfully for 2 w... Wed, 12 Jan 2011 20:16:39 EST Hello Hey everyone <BR> I'm Amy, 33 year old wife and mom of 2. I've been an RN for almost 13 years (yikes)and I've worked nights for all of those! I love it and wouldn't trade it even if they paid more on days!! LOL I worked in an adolescent psych unit for the first 4 years and have been an L&D nurse for the last 8. <BR> I just completed a surrogacy so I have been out for the past 6 weeks and am now getting ready to go back in 2 days. I've been working out and counting calories faithfully for 2 w... Wed, 12 Jan 2011 20:15:40 EST Hello Hey everyone <BR> I'm Amy, 33 year old wife and mom of 2. I've been an RN for almost 13 years (yikes)and I've worked nights for all of those! I love it and wouldn't trade it even if they paid more on days!! LOL I worked in an adolescent psych unit for the first 4 years and have been an L&D nurse for the last 8. <BR> I just completed a surrogacy so I have been out for the past 6 weeks and am now getting ready to go back in 2 days. I've been working out and counting calories faithfully for 2 w... Wed, 12 Jan 2011 20:11:13 EST Hello!!!! Hello all:) My name is Megan. I am an RN in Kalamazoo MI:) I work full time 72 hours/ppp. I am in the Critical Care Float pool, but I go anywhere in the hospital. <BR> <BR> Some of my challenges are the night shift kitchen sucks, and if I don't bring my lunch it's all downhill:) <BR> <BR> Would love the to brainstorm with some others that find it challenging to work at night and live a healthy lifestyle!!! <BR> Wed, 12 Jan 2011 04:53:13 EST do you count work as exercise?? I frequently rotate to other units from my home dept in peds and ob. Some nights there and every night on med surg or tele, I must walk or stand 8-10 hours a night and am definitely sweating, lifting, and working hard, especially when there's no additional help. Does anyone ever count those hard nights as part of your physical activity for the day/night? Sun, 2 Jan 2011 21:57:19 EST Cooking question I love to cook, especially with fresh, whole ingredients. But, there's one thing that tends to hold me back a bit - chopping onions. I cry so bad I usually have to stop mid-way through and give my eyes a break before I can finish. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any tips for how to prevent this? Thu, 30 Dec 2010 03:26:36 EST Hi Everyone! My name is Mandie. I've been a night nurse for a little over 3 years now. I work on a busy unit we like to nickname the "jack of all trades" unit. The unit name is Ortho/Neuro/Peds. So, broken bones, joint replacements, strokes, altered mental status, seizures, weakness, all pediatrics. Oh, and just about anything else med/surg that doesn't require a med drip or higher monitoring. <BR> <BR> I love what I do, but the night shift has not been good for the waistline. So I'm hoping to fi... Thu, 30 Dec 2010 03:07:02 EST hello Hi, My name is Erin. I am an ER nurse at a charity hospital in south Louisiana. I am glad that I found this group. It is difficult to relate to friends and family that don't have a night time schedule. I work nights because I have 3 young children. I need to be home with them after school and get them to and from their activities. I was hoping some of you would have the same road blocks I have and be able to help me get through them. Thank you for any suggestions and comments. Mon, 27 Dec 2010 12:27:22 EST Hi!! I've worked night shift for 9 of the past 11 years. During that time I've gained 65 pounds. Now that I'm about to turn 50 it's time to get rid of it. I joined SP in 2008 but haven't stuck with it. Really going to try this time. Mon, 27 Dec 2010 06:03:49 EST WHOO HOOO! Nite RNs!!! I am totally stoked about finding this 'group'! I have been referred by one of my co-workers a couple of weeks ago and love SP. . . we can both relate to the 1st nite on and the 1st day off dilemmas. And as I read others' posts, it is soooo nice to see that we really do have a 'sister/brother-hood' of similar issues. <BR> I work the ICU and plan on training for the CVICU in Jan. . .which will flip me to days for a couple of months. I am one of the freaks who actually sleeps like a teenage ... Thu, 23 Dec 2010 05:50:02 EST Moving and switching to days I am gonna be moving in June. So my plan is to get off night shift when I do. I am frequently sick and don't get enough sleep. I have worked nights all but 1-2 years of my nursing career and can't wait to get back to days. Though it is truely easier for me to workout on nightshift. I'm not one for waking up early to I will either have to suck it up and just do it or make it for at night when I get home...which hubby won't much like since that will be cutting into our time togethe... Sat, 11 Dec 2010 05:59:13 EST Our Nursing Licenses and the Standard They Set Everyone knows the high standards and expectations that are set upon a nurse and their nursing license. Make the wrong kind of decisions both professionally and/ or personally and you could be looking at a review from the state nursing board not to mention legal issues. We all know what I mean here. But.... <BR> <BR> Did you ever find yourself looking at another professional in the work force and think, "Man, if I performed my job that way..." <BR> <BR> For example, the weatherman. I me... Thu, 9 Dec 2010 05:36:34 EST How to avoid all the holiday food at work The holidays are fast approaching. When I walk into the breakroom. We now have cookies, cakes, pizza and every kind of unhealthy fattening food. To avoid temptation I pack my lunch bag with healthy snacks so that I am not tempted or swayed. Please share your tips for avoiding the dreaded holiday weigh gain so that we can get some tips from each other! Mon, 22 Nov 2010 17:13:32 EST New to the team and asking others how they deal... Hello all!! My name is Morgan and am happy to meet u's nice to know there are others who understand the crazyness of the night shift...anyone else find it really difficult to stick to any kind of schedule, let alone a diet and exercise plan? By nature i am a day person and have been working nights for 10 months is really kicking my butt...i feel that it has also put a lot of added stress to my life...How does everyone else to it? Would love any suggestions!! Thanks! Thu, 11 Nov 2010 12:20:53 EST Anyone else dealing wiht EXTREMELY low census? I work in a children's hospital and we are having an EXTREMELY low census hospital wide. Its great for the kids but not good on our paychecks! We are being asked to only trade shifts or use ETA for overstaffing only if absolutely necessary! I completely understand all cutbacks being made but its getting frustrating! My husband lost his job last December and finally found a new one a little over a month ago but barely making 1/3 of his previous salary! I NEED to work an extra 12 a week wh... Sun, 7 Nov 2010 13:19:01 EST New member...L&D RN :) Hi everyone! :) I literally just joined SparkPeople today. :) I've been a night shifter my entire nursing career (2+ years) and I kid you not it is ALREADY weighing on me. I'm VERY heavy and have a torn ACL, so that doesn't help any at all. Plus, our unit delivers 12,000+ babies a year. Yea. A lot. lol ;) <BR> <BR> So I'm excited to learn some new tips and ideas from all of you other night shift nurses. Thanks everyone! :) <BR> <BR> Stephanie Tue, 2 Nov 2010 12:50:58 EST Snack ideas for work I work nights in a large NICU and although we do not have food in the unit, I feel the need to step out every once in a while and get a "snack". I need some low cal but filling snack ideas that I can keep in my locker so I won't go to he vending machine (other than almonds)!!! I drink a ton of water during my shift but sometimes need something sweet too. I used to keep candy but I need something else! Any ideas?? Fri, 29 Oct 2010 17:36:48 EST Nutrition counting I am new to this team so maybe someone has asked about this and I missed it. So forgive me if I'm repeating a previous thread! :) <BR> <BR> I am having a hard time on the nights I work keeping my calories/carbs and the rest of my nutrition goals within range. There are lots of times I do not sleep before my first night or maybe don't sleep after my last day. How do you account for the extra consumption that your body needs being awake for 24 hours? I find I'm going over many of my goals. Is ... Sun, 17 Oct 2010 15:28:40 EST Ready for a change Hi, <BR> My name is Cassy and I'm a new grad on busy Labor and Delivery unit. I've always had weight problems since I was young but it seems once I started school all I had time for was my children and studying. After seeing several pictures of myself I've decided it's time to focus on myself so I can be a good role model to my children and patients. Thu, 14 Oct 2010 22:19:39 EST What are you doing today (tonight?) Me- I just got off work, went to a lecture on CoArc from one of our intensivists. Now I'm home, drinking a 'Lite' and will head to my hair lady for a root touch up. Then.... finally to bed for some sleep to start my weekend. Off until Mon/Tue/Wed/Thurs - it'll be my 4 day week. Yawn! <em>102</em> Thu, 14 Oct 2010 09:31:59 EST Newbie! Hello all! I've been a night shift nurse for about 4 months now and I just can't get the hang of this! ANY and ALL suggestions would be wonderful. <BR> <BR> Also new to Sparkpeople, but already love it!! Tue, 12 Oct 2010 07:10:54 EST Hello Hey everyone, my name is Jess. I am a LPN that works in pediatric home health and I just started on nights on a new case this past August. I have been a nurse for 8 years now and have worked in both geriatrics and pediatrics and love them both. Looking forward to interacting with the team!! Thu, 7 Oct 2010 02:41:30 EST New to NSN team! Hi all, my name is Julie and I am not new to SparkPeople but new to the team! I joined SparkPeople a little over a year ago and really didn't give it much of a try but I am going to change that! Its so easy to use for me so why not? Anyway, I am a NICU nurse on week nights with a husband and two preteen boys! I am trying to be healthier for myself and them. As you all know, we have very different obstacles with being healthy and I am looking for support with my goals and I can support yo... Tue, 28 Sep 2010 18:29:19 EST Sleep Issues Hello everyone. I have worked third shift most of my life. Recently I have been having the hardest time sleeping. I have darkened my room as much as I can, I use a fan to keep me cool and for white noise. I really do not want to start taking sleeping pills. I go see the doc in two weeks. Going to have her check me for sleep apnea. Any suggestions please. Sat, 25 Sep 2010 08:47:15 EST Change Nutrition Plan? Here is a question for all you other night nurses! This is kind of how I do the whole night shift thing but when I work one night and have the next night off I only sleep for 3-5 hours during the day and then I am able to sleep the night I'm off. The problem I am having is that my calories go way over because I am awake longer. I probably could incorporate more fruits and vegetables and whole grains which could eliminate a good number of my calories, but I have a feeling they will still be... Tue, 21 Sep 2010 19:54:39 EST New to sparkteam "night shift nurses" Hi, I'm Shellie and I've been an OB RN for 20 years, 18 on night shift. I work 12 hr shifts. I'm currently a "Travel Nurse" and am away from my family more than I am at home. However, I'm currently about 3 hrs away and have an apt. Some things are better by myself, and others not so much. I have 3 sons besides my daughter, who by the way, just got married. I have a long journey ahead of me(100+ pounds to lose), but I feel like I'm finally in the right place in my head. I'm about 2 1/2 we... Mon, 20 Sep 2010 03:22:57 EST New to SP, TTC, and need motivation Hi everyone! I'm new to SP and hope that I can find some other people in my situation so we can motivate each other on this weight loss journey! <BR> <BR> I have been a night shift RN for almost a year and at first I lost about 15 pounds which finally put me under the 200lb mark! But it has held steady for about 6 months now since I have gotten used to the job itself, which is stressful and exhausting. I work a neuro/med-surg unit and the pt pop can be very stressful! <BR> <BR> DH and I ar... Sun, 12 Sep 2010 10:31:30 EST FALLowing others examples Put some of your best tips here & encourage others to follow in your footsteps. What was the key to you meeting the goal your tip is based on? What are some other suggestions that others can use to change up their healthy life style, get back into the swing of living healthy, or start for the 1st time? Sat, 11 Sep 2010 19:02:26 EST Fall Question???? As the days get shorter, when do you & where do you exercise? What are some ideas for those of us who are currently not exercising or not doing as much of it as we would like? Sat, 11 Sep 2010 18:16:11 EST Frolicking Fall Chat Now that the children are back in school, what is going on in your world? I look forward to meeting many of the newer members, as it has been quite obvious that I have been slacking in my duties as a team leader. (Tell you more about that in my post here). Sat, 11 Sep 2010 17:35:27 EST Hello Again, Hello I haven't been on here in a little over a year, but I felt it was high time I came back. I've been on night shift now for almost four years. I've had some ups and downs, but overall I think I'd like to stay on nights for a few more years. It is hard, though to really take good care of myself on this backward schedule. I was doing well for a few months, but have gotten off track again. It's hard to make good choices when I am overtired. I understand how important sleep is to weight loss... Thu, 2 Sep 2010 15:21:14 EST New Ive used sparkpeople before; just graduated from nursing school and started working a month ago on a heart/lung transplant. I have to say im the biggest I've ever been. I rotate day and night every month. looking for pointers on when to fit in working out. Mon, 30 Aug 2010 13:25:18 EST New to SP Hi, I'm Kris. I've been an RN for 6 years and earned my BSN this past May. I work as a cardiac nurse 19-0730 3 days a week. My commute is an extra hour both ways. <BR> I do great with my eating when I work, but I have a hard time wanting to cook anything on my days off. One of my goals is to make my own food from scratch or at least mostly from scratch. <BR> Hopefully, I can learn something from everyone else here to help me meet my goals! Wed, 18 Aug 2010 21:56:43 EST I'm new and need suggestions. Hi Everyone- I am new and would love some suggestions. I can't wait any longer to start losing weight. I fractured my foot over 12 weeks ago at work and will probably be getting surgery at the end of the month. My obstacle/s are cardio and lower body exercises. Any suggestions??? <em>189</em> Wed, 4 Aug 2010 21:43:21 EST Motivation. I am having a very hard time staying motivated lately. I was forced to switch from day shift to midnight shift thanks to layoffs. Thankfully I still have a job. The problem is I work 10pm-6:30am. I get home unwind & sleep from maybe 8-1 then get up til after supper, nap, get ready & go to work. I still walk 5 miles a day & pack healthy snacks for work. I am just tired & feeling down in the dumps though. I have no energy & feel drained. It's ruining my exercise & healthy diet. Any tips anyone?... Mon, 2 Aug 2010 22:18:19 EST Hi! Hi My name is Lori! <BR> I am the Charge nurse in the pediatric ER. I have been on the night shift over 10 years. I am following Atkins. SO happy to find a board that can understand how I can be tired all the time!:) Fri, 23 Jul 2010 08:39:14 EST when do you fit in exercise? I flip back and forth from days and nights and find working nights it is really hard to get to the gym. when do you guys fit it in? Thu, 22 Jul 2010 13:09:43 EST Healthy snacks What does everyone munch on that's healthy and helps them stay awake. <BR> I will start I usually eat a greek yogurt and a cascadian granola bar, vitamin water. I try to eat some healthy trail mix in the mornning for energy til I can get home to bed. Tue, 20 Jul 2010 18:34:48 EST need help with the "munchies" HI: I haven't posted in a while. Was off work with a back injury and then began my battle with depression. Am now back to full time nights and am having a BIG problem with the munchies!!! for the first 3 hours of my shift I could eat everything in sight, whether it's healthy or not. Anyone been through the same battle and what are your suggestions??? <BR> Thanx for the help and suggestions............... Sun, 11 Jul 2010 15:51:40 EST First Day :) Hey nurses! <BR> <BR> I'm new on Spark People. Have been doing weight watchers (in the past) but then found about this and how it's FREE!! <BR> <BR> I'm a Paeds/ICN nurse in Ontario and I often work nights. Struggling with how to not eat like crap while I'm at work all night (biggest thing). <BR> <BR> Just got married and before the wedding between planning and work I fell off the healthy wagon. Hoping to get back on pronto! :) <BR> <BR> Looking forward to walking with all of you!... Wed, 7 Jul 2010 15:22:48 EST Pros and Cons List one Pro and one Con about working nights. Mine are 1. I don't have to get up before dawn, I am not a morning person. 2. Can interfer with family activities. Tue, 6 Jul 2010 20:59:27 EST Switching to NOC shift June 30......eating? Hi everyone. So glad I found this team. Due to layoffs & being bumped from my dayshift position by someone with more seniority, I was forced to take a NOC position. I will be working 10-6:30a.m. I am super nervous about WEIGHT GAIN. When to eat, what to eat, & the fact that whenever I fill in on NOCs I get super hungry. Please please give me any advice on how you eat on NOCs & any advice in general. Thanks so much. Sun, 20 Jun 2010 13:16:05 EST Hello New to the group and sparks but enjoying it. I am a night nurse for the past 6 yrs. Been a nurse for 15. I only work nights for my family! as soon as i can trust me i will go back to days! Meanwhile, the toughest thing is adjusting meals from days to nights when coming off night shift. So far i have lost about 46 lbs. 23 more to go! The most frustrating thing for me is when family and ever our employers treat us nurses it is always junk, unhealthy food! Families i can understand but our own... Mon, 7 Jun 2010 18:47:06 EST Cardiac Nurse Hello!! Thank goodness there is a Spark team for night nurses!!!! I am having a hard time trying to get into a good eating routine when working, our hours are all messed up! I have 100+ lbs to lose, so far so good first three days of eating healthier and I lost 2 lbs <em>4</em> Happy to make new friends and meet everyone! Mon, 7 Jun 2010 13:34:01 EST hello I've been on spark for a week now. Tracking food/activity. I'm reading the articles, trying to take walks. just not really connecting. Thu, 3 Jun 2010 13:23:12 EST New to SP and New-ish Nurse I just rejoined SparkPeople. I was a member long, long ago. I've been an RN for almost a year now. It's probably about time to lose the weight I gained in nursing school, right? Haha. I work nights at a nursing home. I'm moving to CA from OH soon so I'll be finding a new job. Most likely another night shift job. I like them! I think it helps that I don't have kids so I admire all you nightshifters who have families to take care of as well. I look forward to getting to know you guys! Mon, 31 May 2010 16:41:46 EST ICU RN in school My name is Toni. I work in an Adult ICU in TX. I work weekend nights fri,sat,sun and am in school for my BSN online thru texas tech. Sat, 29 May 2010 02:29:25 EST hello, I am new to sp Hi, I'm Ivy. I've worked the night shift for 2 years now, it is not getting any easier. I was just a little over weight when I started working nights, but since then it has gotten out of hand. I usually eat very little, I rarely eat junk food, and yet the pounds continue to pack on. Sometimes it seems like I am tired all the time. Getting enough sleep is a challenge (impossible at times). I can not change shifts due to family schedules. I am hoping to get control of my life and my weight, whi... Thu, 27 May 2010 18:50:54 EST LOOKING FOR SPARK FRIENDS SO, I have been on SParkpeople for a few years now, but only active since January. Well, it turns out only one of my sparkfriends is actually active and I need some more that are active to be my friends out there. <BR> <BR> I am 33, married, have 2 boys. I am a nurse and work night shift. I am a Christian and love to read. I am addicted to episodes of FRIENDS. I am also addicted to facebook. <BR> <BR> Thanks for checking me out! <BR> <BR> Melissa Thu, 20 May 2010 07:01:55 EST Goals-Don't vacation without them! What are your goals here for the early summer? <BR> <BR> How can your Night Shift Nurses teammates help you acheive these goals? <BR> <BR> How are you coming on your goals, healthy living, weight loss? Mon, 17 May 2010 05:10:39 EST May/June Question -Healthy lifestyle on vacation How do you maintain a healthy lifestyle on vacation? Mon, 17 May 2010 05:01:25 EST May/June Chat I hope all finds you well. I am doing okay and right now getting plenty of work through my per diem company that I really don't have time to do much interviewing. Yep, you guessed it none of the last interviews were sucessful in landing me a job either. <BR> <BR> Health wise, I am doing what I can. On the 21st of April, I was back in the ED for RUQ pain, had elevated liver enzymes, and was sent home with pain medicine and a reccomendation to have my PCP schedule me an appt with GI. That didn... Mon, 17 May 2010 04:54:34 EST Water retention Does anyone have any tips on how to get rid of that bloated water retention feeling after a couple night shifts? Thanks guys :) Tue, 27 Apr 2010 08:21:37 EST Hello! Hello everyone, my name is Melissa, I have been a nurse for 3 years. i work at a rural hospital in Colorado. I work in Med/surg and L/D. I struggled thru nursing school putting on extra weight and now night shift is really hard to loose it!! Sun, 25 Apr 2010 03:30:04 EST Does anyone take meds to help with sleep? Hi, <BR> <BR> I hope that I don't get kicked out of here for saying that I am not a nurse (gasp) but a med tech. The group was really tempting though. I don't work night shift all of the time, just as fill in and usually for an extended period of time when I do (a couple of months as opposed to a few days here or there). <BR> <BR> I have so much trouble sleeping (staying v. getting asleep) that someone recommended getting a Rx. I did just that about a year ago when I was doing a two mon... Sat, 10 Apr 2010 04:10:56 EST Hello!! I'm a night shift RN working on an L&D/MBU in NM. I'm looking forward to any tips and info from my fellow night nurses that'll help me reach my goal wt!! Thu, 8 Apr 2010 12:26:06 EST not an RN but an LPN Hi evrybody just wondering if any RN's are working with LPN (canadian liceansed practical nurse) equivalent I think in the US is RVN? <BR> <BR> Love to hear either from RN's or LPN's or the American counterpart. I am sure I am not the only one out here. Wed, 7 Apr 2010 21:38:19 EST READy, get SET, GOals-April What are your goals for the month of April? <BR> <BR> Read others' posts for ideas. <BR> <BR> Set your own goals. <BR> <BR> Go and post your goals here. Keep us up-to-date on your progress, struggles, and what we can do to help you meet your goals. <BR> <BR> The month has started and so has the race to better health. <BR> <BR> Amanda Wed, 7 Apr 2010 18:54:28 EST April Question? What outdoor activity are you looking forward to or are you incorporating into your healthy life style at this time? Wed, 7 Apr 2010 18:41:07 EST April Chat Spring has Sprung! <BR> <BR> Here is our chat area for this month. I look forward to finding out what is going on in your life. We can all grow from the experience of others with whom we interact. Wed, 7 Apr 2010 18:23:00 EST I'm Alison, and I'm new... I have been working night shift for about 4 years now (in L&D, which I LOVE). I work four 12's in a row, then have 10 off. It's a good schedule, I'm sure it's easier than full time 8-hr nights, but it still makes staying on a diet difficult at times. Fast food is also my biggest pitfall, as being a mom of 3 (ages 3, 11, 16) I am always on the go. <BR> <BR> I must confess that I have lost ALOT of weight in the past (6 times at 45-60 pounds each) but I always gain it back (I suffer from depr... Mon, 29 Mar 2010 13:39:17 EST Job Headhunters Anyone ever use a job search company to find a permanent job? I have one that found my resume on-line and has contacted me regarding helping me try to find a permanent job for me in the area where I live. I am so excited about this possibility. With doing the travel thing I have gotten used to letting someone else filtering through the junk and finding great opportunities for me. I am hoping that this turns out the same way. <BR> <BR> Amanda Thu, 25 Mar 2010 06:40:34 EST room darkening.... Suggestions? I'm really working on getting enough sleep. and have found that When it's really dark in my room, I sleep much better. I first bought some room darkening shades, and that works some but light still comes thru. then I taped black poster board to the windows. This worked great! until. . . I wanted to open the window and let the light in. Any good suggestions? Know of any good light blocking shades, or curtains? Wed, 24 Mar 2010 18:12:40 EST New Member Hello, my name is Amy. I have been an RN for 2 years, an LPN for 5 before this. I am also a wife, and mother to 6 yr old twins. I currently work on a Surgical Progressive Care Unit at a Level II trauma and stroke center. I work full time nights, 8 or 12 hour shifts. I am relatively new to night shift, and have heard that it can wreak havoc on your body, just trying to get a jump on things!!! <em>249</em> Mon, 22 Mar 2010 17:58:24 EST NICU in CA Hi there, I just joined this team. I've been a night shifter for 20 years. We have our own issues, don't we? It's pretty hard to stretch your calories over 24 hours sometimes. I've lost about 90 lbs and want to lose 50 or so more. Sat, 20 Mar 2010 00:56:14 EST Night Shift RN Hello All, I am currently working 7p-7a in a 10 bed ICU. Unfortunately I am now on medical LOA with DDD and osteoarthritis in both hips, (Hips don't lie.) <em>46</em> Joining SP is one of the things I'm doing to get back on my feet. I'm not a spring chicken but I figure I'm not ready for a rocking chair either. Looking forward to getting to know some of U. Thu, 11 Mar 2010 16:49:54 EST Making March Goals 1/3 of the month is almost up. What are you working to build into your healthy life this month? How are you coming in achieving this goal? What can your team mates do to help you realize your goal? <BR> <BR> Amanda Tue, 9 Mar 2010 01:04:38 EST March's Question Great job on identifying your trouble foods. This month, I thought we could write about what healthy food(s) you take to gatherings. Currently living in the South, I know that there will almost without a doubt be fried chicken and or sausage of some sort being served, at times it is barbaque. Oh and then there is the bannana pudding for dessert. Tue, 9 Mar 2010 00:47:00 EST March Chat Let us know what is on your mind. How is life, work, and or building a healthier lifestyle treating you? Let's get to know each other as people and not just as co-workers on the dark side of time. Tue, 9 Mar 2010 00:13:48 EST Newbie!! Hi! My name is Sherry and I have been a nurse for 9 years. I have always worked nights. I have reached a point in my life that I need to change. I am tired of always being the biggest person in the group. I feel sad that I don't have the energy to do things with my children. <BR> Nutrition was never my strong suit, so I am looking for any help in ways to eat healthy with not alot of time to prepare meals. <BR> <BR> Im excited to begin this journey to a healthier me!! Mon, 8 Mar 2010 23:36:51 EST UNSUPPORTIVE CO-WORKERS I have co-workers who know that I am trying to eat healthier,always trying to encourage me to eat foods that I should not.I usually just blow them off and say,"I brought my apple." I now that it's all in fun for them but I getting a little tired of it. Do any of you have this problem and how do you handle it? Sun, 7 Mar 2010 21:42:02 EST Hello, I am not new to sparkpeople, but I am new to this team,and I consider myself a new nurse as I just graduated nursing school, Aug 14, 2009 and passed state boards, sept 2009 <BR> <BR> I started working night shift first of february and have been having trouble setting up a sleep schedule. Usually when I finally get to sleep I only get about 4 to 5 hours sleep. Any Suggestions? <BR> <BR> next, I am having trouble setting up a good eating routine, getting used to eating at different hours th... Sun, 28 Feb 2010 14:41:02 EST Recovering from night shift... Ugggghhhh, just woke up from night shift. Got SLAMMED at work, mostly because of the "blizzard." I'm really finding it hard right now to eat anything that is actually good for me right now!!!!! <em>39</em> Thu, 11 Feb 2010 14:26:15 EST Total Newbie I'm just getting started here at Spark. I have a huge amount of weight to lose, but even more than that I want to be energized and just feel BETTER. I was so excited to find a group just for night shift nurses. Can't wait to get to know you <em>213</em> Tue, 9 Feb 2010 17:37:17 EST HELP! <BR> I have been on sparkpeople for several months and have now lost almost 20 lbs. Heres my plee for help though.... <BR> I was a daytime nurse for the last year but am now going back to night nursing. I did my first shift thursday night and realized a problem! I EAT to stay awake........ NOT GOOD!!!!!!!!!! <BR> Any tips with the be up all day and work at night scenerio. better to eat while at work or the day after i get home? ugggghhhhhh. new challenges i do foresee in my future by i DO ... Sat, 6 Feb 2010 18:24:22 EST Hello My name is Pax. I just joined the Night Shift Nurses' team. I finally decided to join SP after reading about it in a couple different magazines. I'm excited about this and love the site. <BR> I think this will be a great way to stay fit while working and choosing healthy snacks at 0200h. Fri, 5 Feb 2010 22:28:56 EST February Personal Challenges What is that next step you would like to take to build a healthier life? What can we do to help you meet that goal? Where are you in your progress in that step or towards your goal? <BR> <BR> Amanda Mon, 1 Feb 2010 23:42:49 EST February Chat What's going on in your jouney to a healthier life? How is your work world treating you? Do you have any suggestions or questions for the team or just want some encouragement? Maybe, you just want to say, "Hi!" <BR> <BR> Come on in! We are looking forward to getting to know each other better, which will help us support each other. <BR> <BR> Amanda Mon, 1 Feb 2010 23:11:10 EST February's Question As we are headed toward President's Day & Valentine's Day, I just thought we could become like Honest Abe and speak to the one habit/food that you love so much you have decided not to change its frequency in your life. Is this habit/food holding you back from accomplishing your goals or is it one of those treats that you give yourself to make other changes in your life more tolerable? Mon, 1 Feb 2010 22:56:00 EST Hello Just saying hello to all the rest of you night shift nurses. Hope this team will become one of my favorites. I work night shift in a nursing home right now and I am finding it a very isolating job... Just wondering about ways to reach out to the other shifts and stop the petty arguing in our facility? Fri, 29 Jan 2010 09:26:11 EST Hi Everybody! I'm new to the team and hope to get some tips on sticking to my goal with all the temptations and road blocks night shifts can put in front of you. Do you notice there are a lot of baked goods hanging around in the break room? <em>40</em> Thu, 28 Jan 2010 16:06:31 EST Hello from VT!! Hi I'm JoEllen. I live in VT and currently work 12 hour nights in on our local Women and Childrens unit. I've been married to my husband Scott for 6 1/2 yrs and we have a daughter Lily who will be 5 next month. Hope to meet friends and good luck with your goals!! Wed, 27 Jan 2010 23:27:22 EST Just joined up... Martin - certified pediatric nurse, working @ Cincinnati Children's Hosp. Med. Ctr. in psychiatry on 2300-0730 shift, have been here 4 yrs. I'm 53 & tired of nights, so am back in school now to get BSN, then MSN so I might teach or work in staff development. Just joined SP, my wife read the book, joined & got me involved. I've lost weight before but never stuck with it, hopefully this program will help keep me motivated. Tue, 26 Jan 2010 05:41:17 EST Tracking Food on the nights you work I'm not sure if this as been covered, but being fairly new to Spark, I was wondering how everyone tracks their meals while working. My usual meals consist of a snack around 330pm when I get up, meal at 630 before work and then something to eat around 3am and then occasionally a small breakfast item around 7am on the way home. <BR> Any suggestions on how i should organize this, or does it matter as long as I keep my needed calories in the 24 hour period? Mon, 25 Jan 2010 21:41:35 EST I'm back Hi everyone <BR> <BR> I am returning to Sparkpeople under this new name. I was a part of this team 3 years ago under the name onecrzywmn. (I even submitted the picture for our team logo way back when :)) Felt like I needed a fresh start, so I created a new account. I work in a very small rural hospital in Maine as the night nursing supervisor/ER nurse/SAFE. I've been here for 9 years. I have done cardiac step down, telemetry, and med/surg nursing. A very long time ago, I volunteered... Sun, 24 Jan 2010 21:29:08 EST Hello Hello, I am a night shift nurse in Ohio. I gained 20 pounds since starting Nights in May and am ready to try harder to lose this weight. How do you enter your food for the day? On a work day is the food after midnight 'breakfast' or is 'breakfast' that snack I eat before bed when i get home? And what meal is it whenI wake up? It's confusing to me. Sun, 24 Jan 2010 17:04:18 EST New stress I added to myself!!! So, I work my usual 3 12 hr shifts per week, but now I've added a new stress to my life. I've taken on teaching clinicals for LPN students 2 days a week. I love the teaching, but the stress of being in charge of my usual number of patients plus teaching assessment skills, meds, and charting to 5-6 students at a time is stressing me out...not to mention the paperwork they have for their clinicals on top of it. I'm hoping I love this position, but I'm wondering if I've taken on more than I c... Wed, 20 Jan 2010 17:34:09 EST Newbie here! Hi I work in a rural hospital from 4p-4a 3 nights a week. It's strange hours but I've come to like them. I find it hard to go all night without snacking or drinking 2-3 cans of Mountain Dew. I've started to substitute 4oz 7-up with 4oz Cranberry juice. Sat, 16 Jan 2010 01:32:27 EST DOES YOUR HOSP. HAVE A BIGGEST LOSER CHALLENGE I joined a biggest loser challenge @ work that started Jan. 11 and ends April 6.This is what jumped started my weight loss last year,I came in 3rd place individual,my team was unmotivated and by the end didn't even show up to weigh. This year I wasn't going to joined but a co-worker convinced me to join with another coworker and we have a pretty good chance because they are really motivated. Do your hospital have one? Are you joining? What makes a good team? Fri, 15 Jan 2010 13:47:26 EST Pulled in all directions I am 43, used weight watchers successfully then gained back 13 lbs, love tennis and out doors, work labor and delivery in a rural hospital on night shift only, struggle to get enough sleep especially on my turn over day, Need help managing my appetite while at work and don't know how much to eat when I play in tennis tournaments. Thu, 14 Jan 2010 03:30:38 EST EMOTICON Give an emoticon to show your feeling right now at work. Tue, 12 Jan 2010 02:36:59 EST Good Housekeeping Just to let you know, SparkGuy has an article in the Feb 2010 Good Houskeeping! Sun, 10 Jan 2010 00:54:35 EST Hello Newbie Here! Hi. I found this site after seeing a blurb about it in BH&G My Weight Loss magazine. I just started it on Sunday and already LOVE IT!!!!! There is SO much information here that I'm still kind of wandering around it while getting more jazzed. My goal is to get more fit and lose weight but have found that I'm having a hard time doing it by myself so I am really excited about finding this online site. I am finding that I can't wait to get my excercises, water etc. done so that I can get it p... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 10:45:42 EST BUDDY NEEDED! HELLO! My name is LaCole' and I live in Oklahoma City but I'm from Kentucky. I'm a 27 year old nurse who is in need of losing some major weight. I work in crital care and currently in school for my bsn. At this time I'm 277 my goal is to be 175. I would love to have a buddy, interested hit me up! xoxo Tue, 5 Jan 2010 08:04:11 EST Jenine Hi! I'm Jenine. I'm a night nurse and I'm looking for a support friend/buddy for my weight loss journey. Tue, 5 Jan 2010 05:56:29 EST January Question Work in Progress. Please check in later.-Amanda Mon, 4 Jan 2010 01:07:23 EST January Challenge 1. Post here one personal goal or resolution. <BR> <BR> 2. For the month of January, monitor your progress towards that goal. <BR> <BR> 3. Check in for support & report.-Let us know about your sucesses and those times when you need encouragement to keep working towards your goal. Mon, 4 Jan 2010 01:03:33 EST January Chat I hope you all had a great holiday season. Now it is a new year which brings with it new challenges of which we can support each other in working through. This may mean cheering on someone's successful achievement of a goal or cheering someone else up after a hard day. We encourage our clients to make healthy life changes. It is time for us to do the same for each other. <BR> <BR> Have any of you set goals or resolutions this year? Let us know, so we can help cheer you on to becoming the hea... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 00:49:16 EST Amy Hey, my name is Amy. I am a 27-year-old mom to a 3-year-old. I have 130 lbs to lose and little support at home. If you are as serious as I am to do this right this time and loose all this fat then please add me as a friend. Sun, 3 Jan 2010 10:30:48 EST HI here! Hi everyone, <BR> My name is Danielle. I am new to sparkpeople, just as I am new to the profession of nursing! I just graduated with my BSN in May, and I started my first RN job in June. I work nights on a medical detox unit in New York, and I love it! <BR> <BR> I am curious as to how you all work your nutrition tracker. How do you split up your daily calories when you work the night. For example, do you count your breakfast before or after you sleep during the day? I am having a hard time ... Fri, 18 Dec 2009 01:59:56 EST My eyes Ok y'all...just got diagnosed today with macular degeneration. My mom has it, her mom had it and my grandma's mom had it. My mother is now legally blind in one eye (it's the dry mac. degen.) Nothing the doctor can do for that type. Both my grandma and great grandma went blind from it. I'm a bit shocked. I knew there was something wrong with my eyes, but just thought my Rx had changed. What a shocker. <BR> <BR> Kelly Fri, 11 Dec 2009 22:59:29 EST None food rewards I feel that for so long anything good or celebration required food. I have began to think of way to reward myself with things that don't involve food,you know going out to dinner,going to get ice cream,baking a cake,I could go one with this list,but the the none food rewards list is pretty short especially when it come to thing that I can really afford.Any ideas? Wed, 9 Dec 2009 03:46:45 EST I'm stumped !! ok - I've been watching what I eat, exercising at least 3 times a week for min 30-40min AND my weight has gone up by a few pounds BUT my clothes are fitting a little better. <BR> Anyone else with this dilemma?? Maybe I should throw out the damn scales and just go by how my clothes fit. What do you think?? Sat, 5 Dec 2009 01:31:19 EST Let's play tag! Pick one of your team mates here and offer them up a challenge. Make it reasonable for the person you are challenging. We want to build each others positive actions for building healthy lives. Be careful,as they might just issue a challenge back to you. <BR> <BR> This is kind of an impromptu way of getting a budy. You may also want to sparkmail them your challenge, as people do not always get the e-mail messages about new posts and or don't interact on the message boards. This way we can che... Fri, 27 Nov 2009 22:00:14 EST Hello, I am new to SP Hello everyone, I joined SP about 2 or 3 weeks ago I think but just found this group. I was so excited to find you. I am a new nurse, only been practicing for about 10 months. I am currently a LPN (low paid nurse) but hopefully I will be a RN (Real nurse) by christmas of next year. I was suppose to graduate this May but somehow I failed OB/Peds by 1 pt. <BR> I was small until I got pregnant with my son and gaining a whopping 98lb. I was able to get down to 180 and pretty much maintaine... Mon, 16 Nov 2009 00:09:53 EST November Question I have been thinking a lot the past few weeks about clinical nurses and their use of research in practice, Evidence Based Practice, as I have spent a week at a nursing research conference and am now getting ready to work in a hospital that focuses on Phase 1 & 2 clinical trials. <BR> <BR> This is a long one and a thinker. You may just want to focus on one question for the month or one question in each post you decide to make. As you can guess by the introduction, for this month, I have gone ... Sat, 14 Nov 2009 20:50:50 EST November chat Late again! but better news. Check out the next post. <BR> <BR> What are you doing at work or in life as the leaves fall or finish falling off the trees? <BR> <BR> Share with us those personal and or professional goals and questions, as I know there are many here that are willing to coach you through a tough spot or cheer for your sucess. <BR> <BR> Happy Nov. Ya'll! <BR> Amanda Sat, 14 Nov 2009 19:54:50 EST Hi night shift nurses I have been a nurse for 20yrs and worked all shifts. Now I work three 12-hour shifts mostly nights (sometimes a 12-hour day in there which makes it even harder!). It is a struggle for me to eat healthy, exercise, get enough sleep, etc and stay up all night. I think I'll find alot of support here. Good luck everyone. <BR> Tue, 27 Oct 2009 10:57:32 EST Accountability for unhealthy eating I find myself sometimes eating unhealthy food and not always not adding it to my nutritional count,so I thought since we didn't have anything new going on,I wanted to ask the question.Did you eat healthy today and if you didn't what was your cheat?I've done good so far today,but last night I had a sweet attack and ate a lot of Harvest Candy Mix. I've promised myself that I will do better today. Wed, 7 Oct 2009 12:51:09 EST October Chat What is going on in your world? What do what to find out or talk to your peers about? <BR> <BR> I have found that each nurse seems to have his/her special niche, even within specialty practices. Share your expertise in nursing or in life with each other. That way we can all build healthier lives and improved practices. <BR> <BR> Amanda Sun, 4 Oct 2009 07:54:05 EST October Question Halloween comes up at the end of the month. If you could dress as anything, what would it be and why? <BR> <BR> Any plans at your place for celebrating Halloween? What will be your children's costumes? Sun, 4 Oct 2009 07:40:01 EST Serious Spark Buddies Do you have a "serious" spark buddy? <BR> <BR> How do you make the most out of your buddy-ship? <BR> <BR> I was thinking that sometimes we meet people individually on here and say we want to be buddies, but for some reason or another we eventually get lost in our own lives or web-world. <BR> <BR> What about yahoo or aol instant messenger? Would you use one of those to check up on your buddy or when you were in need of some one to talk you down off that pie-ledge lol or remind you of all t... Sun, 13 Sep 2009 06:56:12 EST Flu vac - what d'yall think So we got this message from the CEO: <BR> "Because it is so important that care givers do everything possible to prevent the spread of flu, this year we will expect every employee who could infect a pt or who could be infected to be vaccinated for both seasonal flu and when available the novel H1N1 virus. ANy who decline season flu vac will be required to wear a surgical mask for their entire shift beginning Oct 1. We currently anticipate this requirement ending on 3/31 but flu season is diff... Sat, 29 Aug 2009 00:55:33 EST How do you guys do it? Hey everyone! Semi-lurker here.... <BR> <BR> I have a question. I'm trying to figure out how to cope with a situation. I am a fairly new grad (right at a year) who works nights. I have a DH and a five year old daughter. I have such a hard time switching from nights to days on my days off and I'm finding myself not being able to function during the days. <BR> <BR> As you can see, it's 3 AM. I fell asleep on the couch about 9-ish and here I am. Everyone else is in the bed and I'm watchi... Thu, 27 Aug 2009 03:53:40 EST Rushing all the time? Do you feel because basically we are rushing all the time that it effects are eating habits and makes us have a hard time losing and keeping the weight under control? <BR> <em>198</em> Sat, 22 Aug 2009 13:49:27 EST Hello! from a CCU in Missouri Hey! I am new to this site and am excited as well, this is an awesome site. I have worked nights for the last 13 years of my 15 year nursing career in the ICU setting. I have been the classic YO-YO dieter--loosing the same 20-30lbs over and over. I am tired of this and I hope this web site can help me with the motivation I need! Wed, 19 Aug 2009 05:07:08 EST Squeezing exercise in when up all hs I have all good intentions of go to the gym after I have worked all night, because I know if I dont go then, I will not go later. It is sometimes so hard to motivate myself to get out of my car and go. Once Im there, I am good. Anyone else have this problem? Wed, 19 Aug 2009 05:02:19 EST Hit a brick wall :( Hi: it's my night off and I'm up at 4am. I am so discouraged right now --- 0 weight loss, I still feel like crap and wondering why I'm fighting this battle as nothing seems to work for me ! <BR> <BR> Tired of trying ! <BR> <BR> <BR> (thanx - needed to vent Sat, 15 Aug 2009 04:25:44 EST Aug. Chat What is on your mind this month? <BR> <BR> This is an open discussion for healthy living, work, and or just telling us what is going on in your life. <BR> <BR> Keep up the great work everyone. The healthier you are the easier it is to counsel others on skills for living a healthier life. <BR> Amanda Mon, 3 Aug 2009 23:16:39 EST Aug. Question What is your concerns about the next time Joint Commission comes to recertify your faciltiy? <BR> <BR> They are currently at the facility where I work. I don't know what would happen if they showed up on our unit at night. Management has not been around to prep the night shift and our staff is young. <BR> <BR> Oh well I shouldn't get to out of sorts, as they rarely come during the night time hours. Mon, 3 Aug 2009 22:55:20 EST Helllo and I am super excited to find you all!! Oh my goodness! I feel like I just won a lottery or something! I found a bunch of people who understand my passion of nursing AND who are goal oriented towards a healthier lifestyle. Yes! <BR> <BR> I'm a lil RN in CA who is struggling to get my weight in check. I used to be thin, but life seems to catch up with ya doesn't it. I take full responsibility for every mouthful that got me into this mess, and will also take every lick of credit for bailing my lil waddling tush out too! <BR> ... Mon, 3 Aug 2009 10:06:22 EST Helllo and I am super excited to find you all!! Oh my goodness! I feel like I just won a lottery or something! I found a bunch of people who understand my passion of nursing AND who are goal oriented towards a healthier lifestyle. Yes! <BR> <BR> I'm a lil RN in CA who is struggling to get my weight in check. I used to be thin, but life seems to catch up with ya doesn't it. I take full responsibility for every mouthful that got me into this mess, and will also take every lick of credit for bailing my lil waddling tush out too! <BR> ... Mon, 3 Aug 2009 10:04:55 EST Night Shifter new to SP! Hello all! I am a night shift med/surg RN, and have been for 8 years. I have not found the secret to dieting while working the night shift, YET! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to sharing ideas and chatting with new people! Sun, 26 Jul 2009 04:35:50 EST Canadian LPN Hi just a quick hello. I have been on spark about a month now and have decided I really do need a community. Doing it alone is not working out the best. <BR> <BR> I work 3 consecutive night shifts and find that I go on a feeding frenzy when I'm tired after my sleep. <BR> <BR> I have not started a page yet but at some point I will. Tue, 21 Jul 2009 21:22:32 EST Hello from Northern Calif Hi! My name is Sloan, and I am an LVN working as a Correctional Health Nurse. I work 5 12-hour shifts one week and 2 12-hour shifts the following week. I am on the 1700-0530 rotation. It is really hard to try to stay on track with my diet, but someone recommended Spark People to me and here I am! I look forward to this journey! <em>282</em> Sat, 18 Jul 2009 06:52:25 EST How do you manage diet Hello All, <BR> <BR> I obviously work night shift as the rest of us and I have been trying to find the best way to eat when I am working. Should I try to get my calories during the day and just have light snacks while working or what? I just can't figure out a good way to do this at night :) Any advice/suggestions would be helpful :) Thanks! Sun, 12 Jul 2009 18:25:22 EST Hiya Hiya my name is natalie and i am a night shift worker and a day shift worker . Just wondered if any one could give me advice on how 2 fit meals in when i work such long hours , and dont have time for food and exercise. I am also strugging with getting my protein high , there any advice for that to please. <BR> <BR> Natalie <BR> Thu, 9 Jul 2009 13:08:09 EST Mandation /overtime I almost got mandated to work 16 hrs....I was tired and had a bad night and wanted to go home. Are you ever mandated to work 2 shifts-16hrs? Another co-worker volunteered and I was so thankful. <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> Tue, 7 Jul 2009 01:29:42 EST hi well hi my name is kevin im from the uk. i work 3 12hr night shifts a week and find it hard to fit in correct eating and fitness can anyone help <BR> <BR> thanks kev Sun, 5 Jul 2009 14:00:38 EST July Question Does your employer have any benefits for you that can help you build a healthy life style? <BR> <BR> What are they? and Do you use any of them? Wed, 1 Jul 2009 19:40:13 EST July Chat What is on your mind this month? <BR> <BR> This is an open discussion for healthy living, work, and or just telling us what is going on in your life. <BR> <BR> Keep up the great work everyone. You are worth the health you give others. <BR> <BR> Amanda Wed, 1 Jul 2009 19:02:53 EST What do you think? In your opinion, which is better?: <BR> <BR> A. Going to the gym directly after a night shift, where it’s a 50/50 chance I’ll either have the energy to get a good workout in or I’ll be too tired but since I’m there I’ll at least do something. <BR> For example: Yesterday I didn’t do as much strength training as I would have liked because after the 1st couple things I got bored/tired, but I did do 15min cardio before and after. 2 days ago though, I worked out for 2hrs after work, felt great. ... Sun, 21 Jun 2009 04:58:23 EST June Question of the Month Does your unit/facility have have a set uniform color? What is it for your area? What do you see as the positives and or negatives of this? Does your facility in any other way differentiate nurses from other staff members? Wed, 3 Jun 2009 00:39:37 EST June chat As the weather starts to heat up, I was thinking what is it that got us fired up about building a healthy life style. <BR> <BR> For me it was quite a variety of things. Mainly it was my psych docs encouraging me to lose weight to help me deal with my depression and anxiety. Some of it also comes from knowing I can complete a 1/2 marathon and having a brother sending me fat jokes via text messaging. Wed, 3 Jun 2009 00:04:22 EST Travel Nursing I am thinking about travel nursing, any travellers and can you give some advice on how to prepare? Thu, 21 May 2009 07:59:04 EST Question for May What is your ideal work environment compared to the one you currently work in? How are you working toward that goal? Thu, 14 May 2009 01:13:26 EST May chat Sorry for getting this up so late. I am going on vacation this month, so I was thinking: What are you planning on doing on vacation? How are you going to keep the spark alive while on vacation? <BR> <BR> Amanda Thu, 14 May 2009 00:53:29 EST Am I a nurse with bad temper? Are you? The other night one of my patients went into rapid afib, of course the alarms were going on. My coworkers brought it to my attention and I call the covering Doc, it took her, an np, a few minutes to call me back, I called more than 2 times. meantime my coworkers were after me to do something about. one of them walked in the patient's room and as I was getting ready to get an apical pulse, she said wendy you need to do something the hr is very high. I was so mad at the doctor for not getting ... Tue, 12 May 2009 08:40:24 EST what's your favorite substitution Mine is Molly McButter. Only 5 calories per tsp. Sprinkle it on anything moist and it tastes just like you've loaded it with butter. <BR> <BR> Great on oatmeal with a little splenda and cinnamon. Tue, 12 May 2009 07:13:16 EST Happy Nurses Day! wishing all you hard working nurses a great day... <em>243</em> Wed, 6 May 2009 12:19:57 EST Hi everyone Thought I would introduce myself. My name is Mel, I am a RN at an inpatient hospice in British Columbia. I only work 3, 8 hr night shifts a week, but have three active boys at home who keep me busy. I have struggled with my weight for most of my life, but felt like I needed to get it back under control again. Looking forward to seeing how others dealing with working nights and the extra challenges of weird hours and meal times. Tue, 5 May 2009 20:56:11 EST Greetings from Little Rock! Hello everybody! <BR> <BR> I'm an RN working pediatrics in Little Rock, Arkansas. I work the 7p - 7a shift and have been on nights since nursing school 6 years ago (I LOVE night shift! Don't ever make me work days!) <BR> <BR> I had my first baby six months ago and have since dropped to part-time. Between night shift and night feedings, I'm pretty well sleep deprived all the time. I only gained about 33 pounds with my pregnancy, but that last 20 pounds is stubbornly refusing to go. I was a... Tue, 5 May 2009 04:30:49 EST HELLO HELLO EVERYONE THIS IS MY SECOND DAY ON SPARKS AND MY FIRST DAY ON THIS TEAM. I AM A MOTHER/BABY NURSE WHO WORKS NIGHT SHIFT. I AM READY TO START MY LIFE CHANGE . I WOULD LOVE ADVISE ABOUT DIETING ON THE NIGHT SHIFT AND I LOOK FORWARD TO BEING A PART OF THIS TEAM <em>304</em> Fri, 1 May 2009 13:17:21 EST Do we diet better when someone else cook? My mother-in-law just moved in with us, she took over the cooking, I was all for that, but so far, she does not mind cooking my low carb, low fat and low cal meals. It is so much easier, to think of the day menu to have someone else cook it for me. <BR> The stress level is decreased on another aspect of our lives too, but I'll write about it some other time. <BR> God Bless, <BR> Wendy Thu, 30 Apr 2009 03:49:32 EST Is warmer weather more inviting to exercise? Do you find it harder or easier to exercise, going to the gym, when is warmer or it does not make a different. I feel more motivated to move entirely when the weather is warm, I like to go for walks with my husband, either before breakfast on weekends or after dinner on weekdays. When is cold, I have to push harder to go out. <BR> <BR> God Bless, <BR> Wendy Mon, 27 Apr 2009 19:16:07 EST Incorperating family into my new lifestyle. Hello all, I'm new. I'm having a difficult time. I am doing well, and my family is, for the most part, very supportive. Trouble is, my husband is underweight and I am overweight. We are like Jack Sprat and company... He's trying to be supportive, but I am the one who cooks dinner and I am making low fat low calorie foods, when he should be eating a higher calorie diet. Any suggestions on how to incorperate the best of both worlds? Mon, 27 Apr 2009 11:03:31 EST