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Nights

Post by laticsash92 » Sun Dec 24, 2017 7:44 pm

Well been in the job as an osg for 5 months and hit my first set of nights tomorrow till new years. Its a benefit as i head to do my officer training on the 29th of jan however, to say im bricking it is an understatement. I mean i still have not been given training in ACCTS etc so they have put me onto a wing with an officer. Im hoping the officer will not mind me shadowing him mind otherwise it will be a long long week :slre: :slhehe:

Rather him let me shadow than just being told to go do something that i have no idea about of course.

Anyway merry christmas everyone

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Post by Huntsman22 » Sun Dec 24, 2017 7:50 pm

Hopefully it’ll all go well for you! Good luck and merry Christmas
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Post by SWM5436 » Sun Dec 24, 2017 8:42 pm

You will be fine bud, enjoy it, it's the perfect time to shadowing, no regimes.
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Post by SassySez » Wed Dec 27, 2017 7:45 am

You don't really need ACCT training.. you just make sure you read the cover which will say how many observations are required and make sure you stick to it..

Also don't be afraid to write seemingly silly things, so Mr X pressing the cell bell and asking for a toilet roll is still proof that person is alive.

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Re: Nights

Post by Sharknado » Sat Jan 06, 2018 9:22 am

Any update on how the nights went?

Personally I like nights, I know a few that are “Night Bandits”.

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Post by K123 » Sat Jan 06, 2018 9:28 am

Can I ask a silly question? :slre: if you’ve never worked nights before on your life. Have you any tips on how to get through it? Surely the first night must be hard and tiring?
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Post by Sharknado » Sat Jan 06, 2018 9:37 am

I had never worked nights before but opt to take on many.

I stay up as long as possible on the Sunday say until 0500, sleep all day then on shift for 2000 doing my roll. By the time 0500 came again one may be flagging but as the week went on that passes.

There’s plenty to do, reading, reports, radio, incidents (yes they happen: floods, fights, smash ups, fires and the unthinkable cut downs or unlocks for medical emergencies of various nature’s) etc etc. It’s easy to keep busy chatting to inmates, getting info, going to bells etc etc. Oh and pegging too so the powers that be know you’ve been on the landings. Even easier if there’s ACCTs, especially the 15min obs!

One is predominantly on their own on a unit/wing/spur what ever one chooses to call them. HTH.

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Post by falkor » Sat Jan 06, 2018 2:55 pm

the first night is totally nightmarish unless you do something like Sharknado suggests, never heard of that before but if it works, try it

another thing is unless you live alone, have a heart to heart with your partner, unless they're out at work all day allowing you a silenced home to sleep away the daytime hours , you need to reinforce with your partner that you need QUIET, no phone calls to their Mum for an hour (you WILL hear it and be woken up) no hifi blaring away, no TV with daytime TV going, no vacuum cleaner, it may all sound OBVIOUS but I have gone through it where my partner wasn't told this WORD for WORD , tell your partner/ family in advance, this is not a joke :slcl:

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Post by Harty89 » Sat Jan 06, 2018 3:36 pm

I work weekend nights at the moment and find it fairly easy to be honest I’ll go sleep about 0700 and be up for about 1230 at first I wouldn’t wake up until about 1500/1600 and would have the hump because I’d eat shower then go work! I guess it’s just what your body gets used to but I’m not looking forward to early starts again :slnuts:

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Post by Sharknado » Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:49 pm

Exactly right there Falkor. Silence is important but it does get easier.

Fortunately I’m single so it’s just the neighbours kids that risk my wrath waking me... like they did once in summer kicking a ball against my boundary fence. It means I can get plenty of sleep (and I 💖 my sleep!)

Oh - I don’t know how other establishments work but mine have turned in for 2000 on nights not 2045... the early dart is usually returned in the morning (I check who’s on just in case they are sticklers for shift times only).

Top tip: learn to love your own company! You got no one to text or bother you and try to have the unit settled within an hour. Don’t engage on roll check either - they can wait; if it can’t, get your ED to deal with it.

Your roll sets the prescient for your night and possibly your week if you’re on a new unit: you’re a new face - they will try to test you.

One learns their own routine :slcu:

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Re: Nights

Post by Thinkdeep » Sat Jan 06, 2018 7:08 pm

You can add on top external escorts...

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Re: Nights

Post by Sharknado » Sat Jan 06, 2018 7:15 pm

Indeed - was my bad... I expected everyone to guess I’d kinda lumped that in with the medical emergency thing 😊 sorry!

I never had to have anyone shipped out to another jail under night cover but could be included too 😊

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Re: Nights

Post by laticsash92 » Sat Jan 06, 2018 9:03 pm

Nights was fine haha albeit over christmas and the week my daughter was down. No troubles, easy free week. Not many accts to do on the wing.

Not much sleep however, got home for 7.30am, was up by 12 with the daughter jumping on me.

2 weeks left as an osg however then officer training starts

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Re: Nights

Post by Sharknado » Sat Jan 06, 2018 9:20 pm

That’s great to hear and lack of sleep a trade off for the reasons!

Noisy over Xmas and New Year was it? Lol.

OSG is a great platform and introduction to the job. They are under rated and under valued AT TIMES in my opinion. A good way to see if you can take the environment prior to doing a more intense course and bailing because it wasn’t what was expected.

Best of luck on your POELT course and to a happy, healthy 2018 to you 😊

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Re: Nights

Post by TMH90 » Sat Jan 06, 2018 9:37 pm

Ear plugs. A nightshifters best friend
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