I had my first night shift last night as an HCA… I wasn’t really sure how to prepare but I decided I’d stay up late (OK maybe it wasn’t that late, maybe it was 1am!) and then sleep late as I had no classes at university until 2pm only that part didn’t go quite to plan as I woke up at 7am when the boyfriend got up to go to work so so far, not so good. I did get an hours nap though.
The ward was clearly winding down for the day and the hospital got less and less busy and I got an hours break about 2am. Some people try to sleep in this but I decided this would be a very bad plan in case I went to sleep and then couldn’t get myself going again.
So instead I went down to the canteen, it was completely empty!