Day Nurse Vs Night Nurse

Day nurses and night nurses are very important people in our society. A nurse mainly serves as an “advocate” to a patient. All this means is a nurse will help to support and care for any patient, no matter the circumstances. Some other duties include answering any questions that a patient might have about a procedure, helping to run and perform tests and do the necessary paperwork.

One thing you might not have thought about is the differing duties between a day nurse and night nurse. Whilst the role of caring for patients remains consistent throughout the two jobs, certain duties and tasks become easier or harder depending on what type of nurse they are.

Let’s have a look at the differences.

Day Nurses

A day nurse mainly works in a supporting role to the doctor or specialist that is treating a patient. They will locate the necessary equipment for tests and understand how to use the equipment, record the results, and make notes of what the doctor, or specialist says as well as administer certain drugs and treatments to patients. The pace that they work at is intense and can be very tiring. Depending on how qualified the nurse is, they may have more hours to complete. A day nurse can do anywhere from 8-12 hours shifts, 4 days a week.

They also tend to any patient needs such as providing food, drinks and answering any questions that a patient or family member may have. They help to keep the department running efficiently by helping out with patient paperwork and other tasks such as cleaning down equipment.

There’s also an additional duty that a day nurse has to do. They will have to interact with families and loved ones of the patients. This can be one of the hardest parts of the job as it can be quite an emotional time. If a nurse deals with the family or loved ones, they need to have a delicate and sensitive touch.

Night Nurses

A night nurse still helps to take care of the patients but the way they do this is slightly different. The patients will most likely still be asleep therefore the intensity is a little less, so the duties turn towards responding to a patient alarm or checking on everything to make sure everything is going well, providing evening meals should they need to and helping patients to and from the toilet.

Other tasks that a night nurse might perform are cleaning equipment that they have used, ensuring the workspace is tidy and doing additional administrative tasks that might not have been completed during the day.

Obviously, its unlikely that they will have to communicate with the family or loved ones of the patient but this means keeping a closer and stricter eye on the condition of the patient and alert them to any changes that might have occurred overnight.

One of the harder parts of being a night nurse is that the hours are very unsociable. Typically, a night nurse will work the same 8-12 hour shift, 4 days a week that a day nurse will do but they might start at 10:00PM and finish at 10:00AM. No doubt this is tricky to get used to and certainly isn’t your traditional “9:00AM-5:00PM” job.

No matter the type of nurse, they are all extremely important to our society. Their main duty is to always take care of the patient to the best of their abilities no matter what time of day it is. It’s fair to say that the intensity and requirements changes from day to night, but this is to be expected.

Without day and night nurses working together, our hospitals would not run efficiently!