The overnight shift at a hospital is best classified as a form of cruel and truly awful punishment, whether you’re a clinical worker or not.
See, I work as a nurse for a living.
For the past few months now, I have been working this often awful evening shift at the hospital. Don’t get me wrong – pay is a little bit better now, but I don’t know how much longer I will be able to keep this up! Adjusting my sleep schedule was the hard part at first, though the worst thing of it all is how cold the hospital gets late at night! I have a feeling that the industrial grade heating and cooling unit in the hospital doesn’t feel as powerful as it usually is in the afternoon when there are tons upon tons of people, just milling about with bulky medical instruments! As you might have already figured out, I found that it is incredibly chilly when I’m working the overnight shift. It was so freakin’ cold at one point, my teeth began to chatter as I was talking to a patient! I had no other idea but to call my partner, and request that they bring a portable heating and cooling system for us to use at the workplace. I’m not allowed to have any guests visit me at work most days, as our security rules and enforcements are pretty stringent. Still, I suppose I can’t be left to freeze to death at work! I had him come and drop off the portable heating system anyway, just in case I could get to it.