Working the Night Beat
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The majority of the KHH clinical staff works twelve hour shifts. The “night beat” shift routinely includes nurses, unit clerks, lab and x-ray personnel, dietary, respiratory therapy, security, pharmacy and housekeeping. At 7:00 PM when most employees are at home, finished with their dinners and relaxing, the evening shift is just beginning their work day. They will usher in the next day at midnight and finish at 7:00 AM or later. Most employees really do not know this group of dedicated individuals and physicians, in general, know them less. Newsbeat visited with several of the “night beat” staff during their shift. Shelle, RN, is the evening supervisor. When asked about night shift work, she stated, “I like nights because of the people I work with. They rely on one another.” Karen, RN, a night shifter since 1995 and a KHH employee since early 2011, mentioned, “Night shift works for me. There are less people to deal with and more time to spend with the patients.” Sara, RN, commented that “I really enjoy the family atmosphere of the nurses. It’s a team. We support each other professionally.” Practically speaking Andrea, RN, stated “Nights work well for my personal schedule and my husband who is an OR nurse.” Anna, RN, says she never worked nights before joining KHH but it has worked out well for her because, “I am a night person.” Newsbeat learned there are a myriad of reasons and circumstances which bring people to KHH at 7:00 PM but, more importantly, only a few which keep them there, namely, a sense of employee fellowship and friendship, belonging to a team and a dedication to quality patient care. Go to “Night Shift Team” in the The Pulse/Photo Gallery section to see team members at work.