How many hours of sleep do you get per night?

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I feel when hospitals schedule employees to work both days and nights, it becomes detrimental to the employees health as well as patient care.
When I work my 8A-8P "12 hour shift," the company requires I be at work by 7:45 A for the morning huddle to discuss matters before the day begins. They demand that the door stays open until 8:00 PM and even if 6 patients walk in the office in the final 5 minutes that we are open, we are to see each and every patient. Unfortunately the frustration is that the last minute arrivals are almost always the ones that have been having their issue in excess of 2-3 weeks duration at a minimum; had one that told me they have been this way their "whole life." So, by the times the patients are seen and the paperwork is completed with the EMR, I routinely leave the office between 10-11 PM; left as late as 1:15 AM. The 45 minute drive home with the fast food hamburger stop and the relax/wind down at home for an hour means that bedtime is usually in the 1-2 AM hour. And the process starts all over in 4 hours => up at 5:45 to eat, clean up, and dress, leaving the house at 6:45, to arrive at work at 7:30, get the computer up and running, check emails, Huddle at 7:45, and away we go again. No food during the 12-15 hour shift because of patient volume drinking 4-5 glasses of water a day. Do this for 2-3 days in a row, so that the days off are sleeping in to 8-9 AM to try to catch that 7-8 hours of sleep. Doesn't work if you have things to take care of on your days off--car service, health care appointments, conferences, meetings for the company. Yeah, I'd say they're concerned about my work-home-health balance, wouldn't you?
Getting plenty of sleep puts me in a better mood which translates to patients. Better staff moral, better customer service!

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