•Patient sitting on a 12-13hr midnight shift at the hospital is a job that I will always applaud to, to whoever can get through such a night with ease. It's the one on one person to person time that gives you a sense of someone else's life and world. It's a mind opener, but at the same time, a night that is bound to go on forever. I'm a CNA/Phlebotomist, however, the nights I have to patient sit are always interesting. It's those last four hours though, that are the hardest to push through, when all lights are off, the patient is sleeping, and you are left sitting there in silence and in the dark for hours until the end of your shift. Your eyes start to close on you, and staying awake consists of walking in circles and taking sips of water to keep yourself going.
I always thought it was such an easy job, to just sit there for 12hrs and keep an eye on said patient. But after experiencing many sitting nights, doing rounds and drawing blood all night is in my opinion, so much easier, because you can keep yourself moving and don't have time to allow your mind to drift off into sleepy mode. Now mind you, it is tiring and exhausting working a full or a heavy unit, and sometimes sitting a patient sounds so much more relaxing. But after the patient is asleep and the 8 hour mark passes, staying awake while doing basically nothing in the dark, with no one to talk to, can make the last couple hours drag on like no tomorrow. To all those patient sitters out there, you guys rock!•
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