The night shift

I am currently working 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the hospital, so I cross paths with both the day shift and the night shift.

As the shadows creep in, the night shift walks in …

There is a very distinct difference in the type of people who fall into each of the shifts. During the day, you get the folks you expect to see in a hospital. Think back to high school … these are the nerds, the jocks, the cheerleaders, the know-it-alls, the complainers, the class clowns, the teachers’ pets, the loud mouths, the talkers, the model employees, etc.

At night, things get a little weird … and, by weird, I mean WEIRD!

This is when the vampires come out to play. If the pasty white skin alone is not enough to convince you, then work a shift next to these hospital employees who seem to thirst on bizarre and strange situations. They seek out blood and are the first on the scene when death occurs. They always seem hyped up on caffeine. And, although they are not short on personality, they seem to lack the social skills that are acquired from talking with the living and awake.

Dear vampires, don’t hate me for telling the truth …

Ha! I make fun of the night shift only because I think they are most like my kind. I realize that not everyone can be lumped into this stereotype, but it is funny how much truth this holds for the majority. But, then again, make the day shift work a few night shifts, and I am sure the same will be true of them. Things change when people are forced into a new sleep schedule!

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