At Avanza Training, we understand the physical and mental toll that comes with long shifts at work. That’s why we believe in preparing our students not only for the technical aspects of the job but also for the sometimes-demanding schedule that comes with it.
This blog will explore three helpful tips to help you prepare for those long workdays.
Combat long shifts at work with rest
One of the most critical things you can do to prepare for long shifts at work is to make sure you’re getting enough rest. Ask yourself, have I established a consistent sleep routine? Am I getting at least eight hours of sleep every night? Am I consuming caffeine before bedtime? Am I sleeping throughout the night?
Being well-rested will allow you to tackle long workdays with ease and confidence.
Stay hydrated and well nourished
As a healthcare worker, it’s crucial to maintain your energy levels throughout your long shifts, and hydration and staying well-nourished play an essential role in achieving that. Unfortunately, dehydration can lead to fatigue and dizziness, affecting your ability to provide quality care to those in need.
“Lack of water can lead to dehydration — a condition that occurs when you don’t have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired.” – Mayo Clinic
Healthy foods to keep you energized may include:
- Assorted nuts
- Bananas and assorted fruits
- Yogurt and granola
Avoiding sugary snacks or caffeine is essential, which can lead to a sugar crash and leave you tired.
Wear comfortable clothing (especially footwear)
Wearing comfortable clothing and shoes can help you feel more at ease during a long shift at work, especially when caring for your patient(s).
Consider wearing clothes that allow movement and footwear that provides proper support all day or night.
While every body shape and size differs, Avanza Training recommends researching what scrubs may best work for your body type and leave you feeling comfortable during those long workdays.
Check out a few helpful blogs below:
- Best Scrubs For Nurses in 2023 (chosen by ACTUAL nurses)
- Top 10 Best Scrubs For Nurses in 2023The 9 Best Scrubs of 2023
If you are a caregiver who does not wear scrubs daily, a few comfortable clothing brands include Vuori, Hanes, and Alo.
Whether you are new to working long shifts or have been working long shifts for years, let us know what preparation tips have worked for you, and tag us on social media at @avanzatraining or use #LongShiftPreperation!