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Ode to Evening Shift

My favorite shift, evening shift that ran from 3-11:30pm or 4p-12:30am, is disappearing from US hospitals. Evening shift was great.  If morning is not your best time of day, you can be assured that evening shift is your friend.  It gave you time to sleep and refresh from the evening before and attend to life's needs before going to work.  If the shift was crazy, you had time to calm down and still get sleep during normal sleeping hours.  During the shift, it might be admission or post-op care central as patients came in from the ED or back from the OR.  Nurses who worked evening shifts liked them, so you often had a steadier group of co-workers.  Working only 8 hours also meant you had more opportunities to get the same assignment of patients, get to know them, and improve continuity of care.

Evening shifts have gone by the wayside because most nurses seem to prefer working 12 hour shifts and management likes them because there is a 4 hour window for extra time worked that doesn&#…

And we're back....with an invitation.

Greetings All! I didn't intend to take a summer hiatus but it just kind of happened.  Nonetheless, I'm back with an invitation for you to get on the phone with VP Biden and learn about what the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) means for US nurses.  Info located below.

You and fellow members of the nursing community are invited to join Vice President Joe Biden and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for a conference call on September 26 at 4:30 PM EDT to discuss the October launch of the new Health Insurance Marketplace.

Vice President Biden wanted to personally reach out and thank all of the nurses across the country who are gearing up to help millions of Americans access affordable, high quality health coverage. This is your opportunity to hear from him directly about the work ahead.

We hope you will be able to join us.

Date: Thursday, September 26, 2013
Time: 4:30PM EDT (please dial in no later than 4:25PM EDT)