How to Adapt to Non-Traditional Work Hours

Monday, April 16, 2012


The daily routine of a practical nurse can vary between job settings. Some work in doctors' offices or public health agencies, while others report to hospital or private homes. Sometimes practical nurses may have to work night shifts and may need time to adjust to a new routine. Here here are some tips that can help practical nurses get the appropriate rest and be ready to tackle the day or night ahead of them.

While it can be tempting to skip out on sleep during the day and hang out with friends or family, your productivity and health could suffer without the adequate amount of sleep. For practical nurses who work night shifts, starting on a regular sleep routine will allow their bodies to adapt to the change.

Another way to avoid disruptions in an unusual sleeping routine is by minimizing exposure to sunlight before turning in for the night. Sunlight can trigger wakefulness and make it more difficult for a person to fall asleep, so avoiding the exposure altogether can be helpful.

Ultimately, practical nurses' work routines vary drastically from setting to setting, and some people may be better suited to shifting their routine from day to night. Those who are interested in following this type of career path can enroll in the Practical Nursing program at Vancouver Career College. For more information, fill out the form on the right.

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