Involving night staff
VERSHA SOOD, a registered manager at Cartref Ael Y Bryn, a 37-bed care home in Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, writes about making night staff a valued part of the care team
All staff, whether day staff or night staff, are a very important part of the caring team. While days are hectic and full of busy hours nights, as we all know, involve unsocial hours, less manpower, interrupted sleep patterns of residents.
Night staff must battle with unrealistic expectations on the part of other colleagues, they have less support, and other people’s misconceptions about their role means they can sometimes appear aloof.
There is a social element in the working day of day staff that night staff don’t have. Social appreciation and identity is well preserved during day shifts while staff working on night shift feel that years can by without their, or their contribution, being noticed.
All these things make me feel that such an important part of the team must be rewarded.
I recently discussed this concern with all my staff and collected suggestions and ideas to boost my night staff. I have planned and implemented the following for my night staff this year:
- Asking night sta