15 Ways to Have the Best Shift Ever

The work we do is hard—we often work exhausted, short-staffed, and something is probably hurting on our bodies somewhere. But here are 15 tips to have the best shift ever…

15 eat
Eat. It sounds easy enough, but how many times have you looked at the clock and realized you missed breakfast or lunch? You’d be surprised at how much more energetic you feel when your body isn’t gnawing itself out of hunger.

 

15 - highfive
Turn off someone else’s call-light. You start to feel good when you start doing nice things for other people.

 

 

15 laugh
Tell a joke. Because when people are laughing, it’s hard to be in a bad mood.

 

Stay caught up on your charting. Keep the goal in sight: you want to leave on time! In order to do that, you have to stay up on your charting.
Stay caught up on your charting. Keep the goal in sight: you want to leave on time! In order to do that, you have to stay up on your charting.  It’s also super annoying (and everyone is onto you) when you delay taking over a patient because “you haven’t opened up one chart.”

 

Fake it until you make it. Just act like it’s the best day ever and eventually you’re genuinely start to believe it!
Fake it until you make it. Just act like it’s the best day ever and eventually you’re genuinely start to believe it!

 

Sing. Even if you don’t sound like Mariah Carey…even if you don’t sound like Taylor Swift...every once in a while, just bust out in song.
Sing. Even if you don’t sound like Mariah Carey…even if you don’t sound like Taylor Swift…every once in a while, just bust out in song.

 

 

Work with people you love. The people around you can make you or break you. Try to work with the people that you actually like working with, if you have any choice in the matter. 
Work with people you love. The people around you can make you or break you. Try to work with the people that you actually like working with, if you have any choice in the matter.

 

Don’t complain. There are probably a million things you could complain about, but really – there are probably a million other things you have to be thankful for! Fight the urge to complain. When you start griping about everything around you, it not only weighs you down, but everyone around you is weighed down by your negativity.
Remember a time you were poor. Think about a time you were poor. Like poor-poor. Like, you didn't want to look at your bank account unless it was pay day kind of poor. Be grateful you have a job and that you are allowed to care for people.
Remember a time you were poor. Think about a time you were poor. Like poor-poor. Like, you didn’t want to look at your bank account unless it was pay day kind of poor. Be grateful you have a job and that you are allowed to care for people.

 

Ask your coworkers if there’s anything you can do for them. When you help other people, they begin to help you, and that always makes a shift better!
Ask your coworkers if there’s anything you can do for them. When you help other people, they begin to help you, and that always makes a shift better!

 

Make time to go to the bathroom. Nothing is worse than needing to use the bathroom and not going until your bladder actually starts to spasm. Save yourself the torture and just go! Whatever you have to do that is keeping you from getting two minutes of peace can wait. Seriously.
Make time to go to the bathroom. Nothing is worse than needing to use the bathroom and not going until your bladder actually starts to spasm. Save yourself the torture and just go! Whatever you have to do that is keeping you from getting two minutes of peace can wait. Seriously.

 

15 love
Love the people you work with. The flip side of No. 7, above. Our coworkers become an extension of our family, so it’s easy to love them, it’s easy to hate them, and it’s easy to talk about them. Even the coworkers that you could kind of do without, learn to love the them. Or at least  appreciate their professional worth. It will make your day so much easier.

 

 

Smile, it’s contagious. Probably one of the easiest things you can do is to just smile. It’s hard not to smile at someone who is smiling at you. And when you smile, you tend to feel calm and more relaxed. Give it a go!
Smile, it’s contagious. Probably one of the easiest things you can do is to just smile. It’s hard not to smile at someone who is smiling at you. And when you smile, you tend to feel calm and more relaxed. Give it a go!

 

15 thanks
Appreciate the work that we do. Even when you’re working short-staffed, and every bed is full, find something to appreciate about the work that you do. We care for people, in varying levels of vulnerability. When your feet feel like they’re about to fall off, remind yourself that the work you do has the ability to change someone’s life.

 

Be the nurse people want to work with. Every nurse out there can think of another nurse that they just love to work with. Be that nurse. Be the nurse that everyone can count on, the nurse that is always calm, cool and collected. If you become that nurse, you’ll have the best. shift. ever. 
Be the nurse people want to work with. Every nurse out there can think of another nurse that they just love to work with. Be that nurse. Be the nurse that everyone can count on, the nurse that is always calm, cool and collected. If you become that nurse, you’ll have the best. shift. ever.

 

Until my next delivery ❤

Previously published on HealtheCareers.

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Yes!!! New grad here looking for her first job – and I so want to be the nurse that everyone loves to work with. Thank you for taking the time to write these entertaining and thought provoking posts, I appreciate them, and you!

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Old grad here 30+ years and still going. There are labor laws, OSHA, JACHO and numerous regulatory industries overseeing hospitals, nursing and medical standards. Use them. Nurses provide critical skills and talents in patient care and should not have to work short staffed, hungry (fines to the institution and possible lawsuits for labor code violations) or exhausted (breaks and meals are legally mandated) etc. Employees at Walmart, McDonalds etc have better staffing, breaks/meals than nurses. You have as many rights as you are willing to fight for. It is not “heroic” to tolerate the conditions described and maintain that status… Read more »
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