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what is the negative side when it comes to working a night shift in the medical field ?

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Katrina’s Answer

Every workplace is different, some places still have traditional 7-3, 3-11, and 11-7 shifts and some places just have the day broken into 2 shifts 7am-7pm, and vice versa. So it kind of depends on the definition of night shift.

If you are talking evenings with an end around midnight, then the biggest this is probably just that you miss out on evening stuff now and then. The benefit to this one is that you have the mornings to do errands, doctor's appointment's etc without having to take time off.

For overnights, that one is much tougher. Your body does not naturally want to be awake at night and sleep during the day. It can be difficult to sleep during the daytime hours, because it is bright out, there is more general noise during the day (traffic, construction etc.). However, some people like the vampire life, and it really works for them.

The bonus for the nights/overnights is that they often have a shift differential (in other words, you get paid more) to do these shifts.
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Satya’s Answer

Working in Night shift has the effect on the natural biological cycle/clock. One tends to loose focus and alertness, once night shift fatigue comes in. Which might be dangerous in medical field. But regular practise of meditation will help.
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Vernie’s Answer

It depends on which hours you are looking at. The hospital that I used to work out of used to have shifts from 11p-7a for their overnight staff.

I'd say the downside to working night shift is that it messes up your biological clock/sleeping cycle, which can be more exhausting in the long run. I also believe that this can be unhealthy to an extent. However, working the night shift it tends to be slower compared to the day shift, as most of the patients are asleep.
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Andres’s Answer

The night shift is unnatural for the body's circadian rhythms. Weight gain, sleep disturbance, and mood changes seem to be the most common side effects. Ultimately, you have to weight he risk/benefits if you decide to work the night shift. These shifts tend to be more relaxing because no family visits, they tend to have higher pay/incentives, and for some couples with kids, this can be a great way to split child care with your partner. What are you willing to risk and what will you gain from this?
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