The night shift can feel daunting if you’ve never done it before. And some nurses may be hesitant to accept work on a different schedule. But before you decide it’s not for you, you may want to consider the hidden benefits of working overnight. There’s more to the night shift than meets the eye, including better pay and more autonomy. We want to shed some light on the benefits of working the night shift that can help you make this important career decision. Let’s take a closer look.
Healthcare companies offer shift differentials for employees working overnight. The specifics will depend on your employer or state, but earning extra money is enough to convince a lot of people to take jobs on the night shift. For nurses who have worked nights, they enjoy the bonus of extra money that they often don’t want to switch over to the day shift.
Fewer Family Interactions
While there certainly are overnight family members staying with patients, they are fewer and farther between. And let’s face it, sometimes family can become challenging when you’re only trying to provide the best care to the patients with requests and expressing concerns throughout their visitation time. You can care for the patient quietly and get more work done.
Less Management Oversight
Management isn’t the enemy, of course, but most of us admit that we prefer to work on our own without the constant threat of micromanagement. You are an expert at what you do, and you’re capable of meeting expectations without supervision. Working overnight will allow you this autonomy to do your job.
People who work the night shift have chosen to be there. That means they’re dedicated to what they do, and teams can become quite close in this environment. You know that when you’re having a bad day – or night – your fellow nurses have your back. Having a reliable team that becomes a workplace family can give you a lot of career satisfaction.
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