#WeNurses - Thursday 14th October 2021 8pm (GMT Standard Time) Work life balance

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In today’s tweetchat we discuss work/life balance. We as nurses know that long days, night shifts and unsociable hours come with the job. But how do these shifts fit in with our busy family life’s?

I have been working more a less night shift every other week for the past 2 years. I’m now looking forward to working more regular hours in my new community job. 


  1. Do you feel you have a good work/life balance?


  1. If you work shifts as a nurse, what works well for you personally?


  1. How do you feel working days and nights affects you both physically and mentally?


  1. How does your shift pattern fit in with your personal life?


  1. What do you think organisations could to do help improve the work/life balance of its nurses and healthcare staff?


  1. In your personal life what shifts/hours would work best for you?





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@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:01
Hi everyone and welcome to tonights #WeNurses on "Work life balance" - with @swan_anthony tweeting from TeamWe this evening Please say hi if you are joining us and share your first thoughts https://t.co/uUmyimwXx2
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:03
1st question coming up very soon don't forget to use #WeNurses
@mynameisAndyJ
14 October 2021 20:04
Good evening all #WeNurses I hope you are all keeping well.
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:05
QUESTION 1 Do you feel you have a good work/life balance? #WeNurses https://t.co/sTFeifsCJZ
@nursingPUNC18
14 October 2021 20:05
RT @WeNurses: Do you feel you have a good work/life balance? > http://www.wecommunities.org/tweet-chats/chat-details/5696 Join #WeNurses Tomorrow at 8pm to discuss https://t…
@CalvinMoorley
14 October 2021 20:08
@WeNurses Yes I forgot to use it #WeNurses
@CalvinMoorley
14 October 2021 20:08
RT @WeNurses: QUESTION 1 Do you feel you have a good work/life balance? #WeNurses https://t.co/sTFeifsCJZ
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:08
@CalvinMoorley Hi Calvin thank you. What hours do you work? #WeNurses
@sondrawomen
14 October 2021 20:08
RT @WeNurses: QUESTION 1 Do you feel you have a good work/life balance? #WeNurses https://t.co/sTFeifsCJZ
@ajm398
14 October 2021 20:09
@WeNurses #wenurses sadly the balance is getting very uneven since working from home since March 2020
@CalvinMoorley
14 October 2021 20:09
@WeNurses Many different i straddle academic & clinical but actually academic is the bit that disrupts my home life #weNurses
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:09
@ajm398 I can imagine that's been really tough! No boundaries at home is there #WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:10
Who's also found working at home a challenge? #WeNurses https://twitter.com/ajm398/status/1448727557751418890
@sondrawomen
14 October 2021 20:10
RT @WeNurses: Hi everyone and welcome to tonights #WeNurses on "Work life balance" - with @swan_anthony tweeting from TeamWe this evening…
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:10
@CalvinMoorley Very interesting. Does anybody else find this? #WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:11
@LA10_07 Do you find it difficult to switch off completely? #WeNurses
@mynameisAndyJ
14 October 2021 20:11
With WFH and pandemic Work life balance has become less which is not good for #Wellbeing #WeNurses
@ajm398
14 October 2021 20:11
@WeNurses #wenurses unfortunately the lines van become blurred at times
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:12
RT @ajm398: @WeNurses #wenurses unfortunately the lines van become blurred at times
@Becky_QICTM
14 October 2021 20:12
@WeNurses #WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:12
Anyone else had to reduce hours to get that balance? #WeNurses https://twitter.com/Kiml71/status/1448728218035539971
@JaneJac51303094
14 October 2021 20:12
RT @WeNurses: 1st question coming up very soon don't forget to use #WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:13
@Becky_QICTM Any advice for others which work well? #WeNurses
@craigSCPHN
14 October 2021 20:13
@WeNurses I feel that I balance it well-ish, but even then it requires much flexibility. For instance, I'm happy to spend an hour in the late evening prepping for the next day if it allows me to spend some time with my boys. It's a fine balancing act. #WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:13
@LA10_07 Yes that's definitely one of the biggest challenges I think not having the time to do that so we do it at home instead #WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:14
#wenurses https://twitter.com/la10_07/status/1448728449573662732
@AgencyNurse
14 October 2021 20:14
Sorry my daughter dance ran late so joining late ??????? Yep I think I mostly get it right but there are times when I feel overwhelmed #Wenurses https://twitter.com/wenurses/status/1448726581095116806
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:14
@craigSCPHN Yes definitely it's a very fine balance to get it right isn't it #WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:14
#wenurses https://twitter.com/kiml71/status/1448728218035539971
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:15
QUESTION 2 If you work shifts as a nurse, what works well for you personally? #WeNurses https://t.co/RPOEeKTZjQ
@ChrisBeckett75
14 October 2021 20:15
RT @WeNurses: Hi everyone and welcome to tonights #WeNurses on "Work life balance" - with @swan_anthony tweeting from TeamWe this evening…
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:15
@AgencyNurse Thanks Teresa. What are the biggest times when you get overwhelmed? #WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:16
Does anyone else use this? #WeNurses https://twitter.com/Becky_QICTM/status/1448728981621071872
@Becky_QICTM
14 October 2021 20:16
@WeNurses #WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:17
Thanks all for joining #wenurses :) Not tweetchatted before? Here’s how…. 1. Click on >> #wenurses << to see the chat 2. Add #wenurses to your tweets to take part 3. Have fun :) https://t.co/Vinzd11LAx
@PUNC21danniW
14 October 2021 20:18
@WeNurses I did this after becoming a mum but always struggle to get the balance right. ???? #WeNurses @CarrotLearning
@Becky_QICTM
14 October 2021 20:19
@craigSCPHN @WeNurses I think balance is key and also a positive mindset to try an negate the negative narrative that we can often get caught in if we feel we are under achieving #WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:19
Has anyone else had to do this to get the balance with children? #WeNurses https://twitter.com/PUNC21danniW/status/1448729950085910529
@AgencyNurse
14 October 2021 20:19
@WeNurses Usually when I am working too much and not having enough time to just be #Wenurses
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:20
@Becky_QICTM @craigSCPHN I 100% agree with this Becky I'm definitely a self critic but learning my dyslexia is part of that #WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:20
RT @AgencyNurse: @WeNurses Usually when I am working too much and not having enough time to just be #Wenurses
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:21
@AgencyNurse We definitely need time to ourselves like we were talking about the other night #WeNurses
@AgencyNurse
14 October 2021 20:21
Ooh this sounds good …. …. No scientific basis but I do use the “let it go” method … singing it to myself or colleagues ?? #WeNurses https://twitter.com/becky_qictm/status/1448728981621071872 https://t.co/CbUOm6IeIB
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:22
@Becky_QICTM @craigSCPHN Definitely thank you ?? #WeNurses
@Becky_QICTM
14 October 2021 20:24
@AgencyNurse Love that method and of course the Madagascar method #WeNurses https://t.co/Pk7dj4dg36
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:24
100% we need time to ourselves because if we don't look after ourselves then who will? #WeNurses https://twitter.com/Becky_QICTM/status/1448731265096617991
@mynameisAndyJ
14 October 2021 20:24
When you come back from leave just delete your inbox! If they want you they can chase you. Helps relax you as well #WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:25
QUESTION 3 How do you feel working days and nights affects you both physically and mentally? #WeNurses https://t.co/6DFk2nmA8y
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:25
@meloncarrier It's a very tough balance isn't it #WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:25
Anyone else feel like this? #WeNurses https://twitter.com/meloncarrier/status/1448731350794743810
@Becky_QICTM
14 October 2021 20:25
@mynameisAndyJ Great approach Andy!! #WeNurses
@AgencyNurse
14 October 2021 20:25
@Becky_QICTM Hahaha yep this is a great method too #WeNurses
@greennurse
14 October 2021 20:25
RT @WeNurses: QUESTION 1 Do you feel you have a good work/life balance? #WeNurses https://t.co/sTFeifsCJZ
@AgencyNurse
14 October 2021 20:26
?????????? #WeNurses https://twitter.com/mynameisandyj/status/1448731559285170177
@greennurse
14 October 2021 20:26
RT @WeNurses: QUESTION 2 If you work shifts as a nurse, what works well for you personally? #WeNurses https://t.co/RPOEeKTZjQ
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:26
@Flo55y70 Yes eating at funny times definitely messes me up too #WeNurses
@greennurse
14 October 2021 20:26
RT @WeNurses: Thanks all for joining #wenurses :) Not tweetchatted before? Here’s how…. 1. Click on >> #wenurses << to see the chat 2.…
@greennurse
14 October 2021 20:27
RT @WeNurses: QUESTION 3 How do you feel working days and nights affects you both physically and mentally? #WeNurses https://t.co/6DFk2nm…
@AgencyNurse
14 October 2021 20:27
I haven’t worked nights for years as apparently I was simply awful on them …. According to my family ! I always thought I coped quite well but clearly not ! #WeNurses https://twitter.com/wenurses/status/1448731598388596737
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:28
I don't deal with nights very well at all. When I come off them I feel rough for days. Does anyone else feel like this? #WeNurses https://twitter.com/AgencyNurse/status/1448732172462997504
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:28
RT @AgencyNurse: ?????????? #WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:28
RT @WeNurses: @CalvinMoorley Very interesting. Does anybody else find this? #WeNurses
@Becky_QICTM
14 October 2021 20:28
@WeNurses Yes it can often feel like that when your trying to juggle so many things - I have had a serious illness which has forced me to re-think the whole work life balance and of course does grant me some permissions that I would not have felt I had otherwise #WeNurses
@CalvinMoorley
14 October 2021 20:28
@mynameisAndyJ #weNurses my American colleagues do this their OOO says exactly that
@mynameisAndyJ
14 October 2021 20:28
Has a caterer it’s clear that eating and drinking is hard when in nights! It’s light meals not a large meal Hydration is an issue as our body clock is easily confused #WeNurses https://twitter.com/wenurses/status/1448731598388596737
@CalvinMoorley
14 October 2021 20:29
RT @WeNurses: QUESTION 3 How do you feel working days and nights affects you both physically and mentally? #WeNurses https://t.co/6DFk2nm…
@Becky_QICTM
14 October 2021 20:29
@AgencyNurse Really detested nights #WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:29
@mynameisAndyJ Very good points made there #WeNurses
@Kiml71
14 October 2021 20:30
@WeNurses I couldn’t go back to working nights, I really struggled with them and probably was quite a grump while I was on them ?? #WeNurses
@NRCUK
14 October 2021 20:30
@AgencyNurse If you were only simply awful we could have coped :) #wenurses glad you found a better way to be an awesome nurse, it’s nice the Queen agrees too :)
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:31
I've just started in the community and I feel so much better both physically and mentally for just working days and normal hours. Being home for tea every night is a big thing for me #WeNurses https://twitter.com/Kiml71/status/1448732975428943888
@AgencyNurse
14 October 2021 20:33
Yep have used this a few times too #WeNurses https://twitter.com/pwsiobhan/status/1448733334981554179
@Becky_QICTM
14 October 2021 20:34
@PwSiobhan @AgencyNurse Another good one!! #WeNurses If Disney looked after our well-being ??#WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:35
QUESTION 4 How does your shift pattern fit in with your personal life? #WeNurses https://t.co/24AMBXhQKx
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:35
Also being able to exercise more regularly is a big thing for me does anyone else feel they benefit from regular activity? #WeNurses https://twitter.com/WeNurses/status/1448733263602884617
@AgencyNurse
14 October 2021 20:35
@Becky_QICTM @PwSiobhan Yes maybe a future health and care strategy #WenUrses
@AgencyNurse
14 October 2021 20:35
RT @WeNurses: QUESTION 4 How does your shift pattern fit in with your personal life? #WeNurses https://t.co/24AMBXhQKx
@Becky_QICTM
14 October 2021 20:36
@WeNurses Oh for sure!! I feel so much better after a walk with my dog or a bike ride #WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:36
RT @Becky_QICTM: @WeNurses Oh for sure!! I feel so much better after a walk with my dog or a bike ride #WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:36
@Becky_QICTM Keep up the good work Becky #WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:38
This is fantastic Clare I'm glad you've got more of a work/life balance now ?? #WeNurses https://twitter.com/clarebergner/status/1448734858101018627
@AgencyNurse
14 October 2021 20:39
@WeNurses Oh goodness me yes … was super tired after work today but managed a short bike ride and feel so much better now … less stressed and less tired #Wenurses
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:39
@Kiml71 Thank you ?? #WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:40
Brilliant Teresa it certainly boosts your mood doesn't it a bit of exercise ???? #WeNurses https://twitter.com/AgencyNurse/status/1448735241057734659
@clarebergner
14 October 2021 20:41
@WeNurses #WeNurses I was so unhappy my days off were spent recovering. Nurse led unit always short staffed. #hatenights
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:41
Same here Gavin it certainly is a massive challenge #WeNurses https://twitter.com/gavpop/status/1448735493319954433
@AgencyNurse
14 October 2021 20:41
@WeNurses 100% yes #WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:42
Does anyone feel there should be pernament night staff? #WeNurses https://twitter.com/clarebergner/status/1448735652405813250
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:43
@LA10_07 That's fantastic Laura ?? #WeNurses
@AgencyNurse
14 October 2021 20:43
RT @WeNurses: Does anyone feel there should be pernament night staff? #WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:43
#wenurses https://twitter.com/punc21steffw/status/1448735913522212870
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:44
That's fantastic Steff you're onto a winner by the sounds of it #WeNurses https://twitter.com/punc21steffw/status/1448735913522212870
@AgencyNurse
14 October 2021 20:44
RT @WeNurses: #wenurses
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:45
QUESTION 5 What do you think organisations could to do help improve the work/life balance of its nurses and healthcare staff? #WeNurses https://t.co/d103JgpUQ4
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:45
Yes 100% agree Clare money means nothing if you are too tired for your family life. Do people agree? #WeNurses https://twitter.com/clarebergner/status/1448736509893435396
@AgencyNurse
14 October 2021 20:46
Get hot on presenteeism … staying late, not taking breaks, coming in early all bad for our health … ok once in a while but when it becomes the norm that’s bot good #WeNurses https://twitter.com/WeNurses/status/1448736649152811015
@Becky_QICTM
14 October 2021 20:47
@WeNurses Listen to staff! Provide opportunities for flexible working even if it’s short term whilst someone is experiencing challenges! Role mode behaviours at a senior level that create permissions for staff to put their well-being front and centre #WeNurses
@greennurse
14 October 2021 20:47
RT @WeNurses: QUESTION 4 How does your shift pattern fit in with your personal life? #WeNurses https://t.co/24AMBXhQKx
@greennurse
14 October 2021 20:47
RT @WeNurses: Brilliant Teresa it certainly boosts your mood doesn't it a bit of exercise ???? #WeNurses
@gavpop
14 October 2021 20:47
@WeNurses #WeNurses Safe Staffing Levels, Job Plans, Appraisals. Better T&C = no need to take additional bank roles or second jobs to top up pay, just to pay the bills.
@AgencyNurse
14 October 2021 20:48
RT @gavpop: @WeNurses #WeNurses Safe Staffing Levels, Job Plans, Appraisals. Better T&C = no need to take additional bank roles or second j…
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:48
100000% agree with this we need to look after our staff and not let staying late and not having breaks become the norm which I know it is in a lot of organisations #WeNurses https://twitter.com/AgencyNurse/status/1448737092130033666
@greennurse
14 October 2021 20:48
RT @WeNurses: Yes 100% agree Clare money means nothing if you are too tired for your family life. Do people agree? #WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:49
Love this Becky absolutely hit the nail on the head #WeNurses https://twitter.com/Becky_QICTM/status/1448737202465292294
@TildaMc
14 October 2021 20:49
RT @gavpop: @WeNurses #WeNurses Safe Staffing Levels, Job Plans, Appraisals. Better T&C = no need to take additional bank roles or second j…
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:49
Yes agree with this. Who takes extra shifts to top up there pay? #WeNurses https://twitter.com/gavpop/status/1448737330186133504
@Becky_QICTM
14 October 2021 20:50
@AgencyNurse Yes to this!! Stop withdrawing from the bank of ‘Good Will’ time to make so@e deosiats for a change! #WeNurses
@Becky_QICTM
14 October 2021 20:51
@AgencyNurse Yes to this!! Stop withdrawing from the bank of ‘Good Will’ time to make some deposits for a change! #WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:51
@PUNC21AnnieLou @punc21steffw Fantastic ?? #WeNurses
@mynameisAndyJ
14 October 2021 20:52
@WeNurses Look at having #refreshrooms ensure Food & Drink is available. Look at shift patterns to school terms #wenurses use PDRs to discuss well-being
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:52
Hopefully you're feeling better soon ?? yes definitely we all need to re evaluate #WeNurses https://twitter.com/J_Critcher/status/1448738282305634305
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:53
Love this Andy refreshrooms sound like a fantastic idea #WeNurses https://twitter.com/mynameisAndyJ/status/1448738489965715459
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:53
All fantastic ideas thank you Kim ?? #WeNurses https://twitter.com/Kiml71/status/1448738613961822209
@AgencyNurse
14 October 2021 20:54
@Becky_QICTM Yes yes and yes #WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:55
QUESTION 6 In your personal life what shifts/hours would work best for you? #WeNurses https://t.co/icy5r3hCyP
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:55
These should not be the norm. Do we agree? #WeNurses https://twitter.com/KateJoyce85/status/1448738997832925187
@mynameisAndyJ
14 October 2021 20:57
@WeNurses #wenurses Well-being of staff should be a key ethos for all trusts not a task but a right! You cannot run a car without a service or fuel. Pandemic showed us the way #nogoingback
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:57
@J_Critcher @Kiml71 Yes definitely #WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:57
RT @mynameisAndyJ: @WeNurses #wenurses Well-being of staff should be a key ethos for all trusts not a task but a right! You cannot run a ca…
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:58
Love this advice ?? #WeNurses https://twitter.com/Becky_QICTM/status/1448739719072952320
@Becky_QICTM
14 October 2021 20:58
@mynameisAndyJ @WeNurses What a great analogy Andy!! ???? #WeNurses
@WeNurses
14 October 2021 20:58
RT @Becky_QICTM: @mynameisAndyJ @WeNurses What a great analogy Andy!! ???? #WeNurses




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