Last week, I worked the night shift and had some thoughts to share about it.
Starting this past June, I’ve worked ‘nites’ a half dozen times. Although our night staff are good at ensuring the health and physical well-being of our residents, they themselves are not immune to physical ailments. When no other backup can be found, I’m called upon. Through this, I’ve discovered: There’s something special about ‘Nites.’
Along with housekeeping and laundry, we take turns doing rounds throughout the night. As I walk from room to room, checking on the (hopefully) sleeping residents, I am often struck by the specialness, almost sacredness, of this work. People who can occasionally get on one’s nerves during the day are now so still, so vulnerable. I realize that I am entrusted with the wellbeing of several priceless human beings. They are all unique individuals who deserve my respect and my care.
I am most grateful for the opportunity to work the night shift, which gives me new insight and appreciation into the care of our residents.