Why I Like Overnights

Posted: Jun 11, 2012
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Do I like overnights? Does anyone like overnights?

Maybe a few masochistic vampires out there can truly answer yes but the truth is that working graveyard is tough. It is unnatural and completely socially alienating. Though I have worked graveyard off and on for over 3 years now, my family and friends still like to call me at noon, sometimes repeatedly, and seem surprised that I am still sleeping. And no matter how many times I explain that “No, I am not a deadbeat. I was up all night WORKING”, I still get the suspicion that they think I am.

So why do we do it? In emergency animal medicine nighttime is when the action happens. We are the “thrill seekers”, the “adrenaline junkies”. This is the time when you get to see super-rare cases and the time when you get to learn and practice more extreme medicine. Plus we get paid a little more (sorry day crew, but you know it’s true).

If overnights seems appealing to you, buy some blackout curtains and kiss your tan and social life goodbye. Welcome to my world!

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Dana May's picture

Hey fellow Vampiress! I'm glad you're part of the O/N crew. Sun, shun. With all the UVA, I embrace dearly a pale glow. And I agree- we see the best parts of the real medicine we love. More hands on patient care-- triple plus! Those diurnals don't know what they're missing.

Kirstin Lee's picture

I like overnights as you do learn, I feel, more than you would on day. Usually staffing is less at night so it is up to you and a handful of others to keep things going while keeping patient/client care at the same level, if not higher.A lot of communication is involved as well as organization. Go night crews!! :)

Stephanie Reed's picture

So true! I work four 12 hour over night, 6pm to 6am, emergency shifts a week! No one wants to bring their pet in over night unless its a real emergency. I feel privileged to have worked over nights in my only 3 years of experience. I've learned a lot! I've also learned how to handle busy shifts with one doctor, one other technician, and myself. When I cover day shifts, they wonder why I work so fast haha.

Annie Fulcomer's picture

I worked day practice for 10 years before making the transition to working overnight at a busy emergency practice 5 months ago, and I LOVE IT! I feel so fortunate that at 38 I've finally figured out what I want to do with my life. ;)