What a nurse really does after a shift

Stories - FamilyDo people really think that nurses come home after a shift, put their feet up, and eat bon bons? If so, they are sorely mistaken.

The fact is that sometimes life outside the hospital can be just as stressful as inside it. When you come out of those doors, a whole new world of hurt just may be waiting for you as soon as you check your phone.

What really happens when a nurse leaves the “comfort” of the confines of their shift? What do they do when they no longer have the “easy and laid back” work environment to cushion them?

Well, they work their tails off. What else do nurses do?


Sleep is work. Finding time to sleep, getting enough sleep, getting people to leave you alone so that you can sleep, and falling asleep when you need to fall asleep because you have to be on the floor in eight hours are part of the work that sleep entails.

Although it would be nice to go home and go right to sleep, it often isn’t possible. When it is, though, this is usually the go to activity that most nurses really do when their shift is over.

If you are a nurse with the ability to sleep eight hours, count yourself lucky. If not, try to get as much as you can because it starts all over again tomorrow.

Care for Family

Most of the time, family care comes first. Many nurses have children and spouses, all of which need attention, care, feeding, and watering. And they can’t do it without you.

In all seriousness, you probably have childcare when you are at work, but once you are home, all bets are off. You are the one who is in charge of your family, and you have to make sure everyone is happy and healthy.

Real nurses generally come home and take care of someone else. It is sad that nurses have so few opportunities to take care of themselves – relax, get sleep, eat well – but having a career and a family has always been exhausting.

Relax with Wine

A glass of red, a show on Netflix, and sleeping children: this is the dream of most nurses. Usually, though, the glass of wine is downed while trying to juggle a ton of other problems in your house.

Let’s face it, though – drinking wine isn’t a great coping mechanism when things get overwhelming. It can help with the anxiety of a stressful life, but it is way too easy to follow that down the path to alcoholism.

Wine isn’t the only culprit, either. Nurses do a ton of things that are bad for them to cope with the stresses of a bad shift followed by a bad home life.

Eating fatty foods, neglecting exercise, and completely ignoring sleep are just a few of the coping mechanisms nurses turn to. Unfortunately, it can be less healthy habits that nurses indulge in when they are finished with their shifts.

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