Day shift or night shift - Which do you prefer? Why? - page 7

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There are pros and cons to choosing a preferred nursing shift. But what is right? I mean - if you haven't tried it how will you know. What is your current working shift? Do you like it? What are the pros and cons of... Read More


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    Somehow working nights means being away from managers that don't do much but look over everything you do. In our area, there is a closer knit of staff that work together as a team compared to day shift. i have been working from 7p to 7a for the past 13 + years and the only regret I have is that days off are spent sleeping instead of doing something else. I am a mom and I get to be home when my child comes from school...have time for homework and by the time I leave the house for work, we had dinner already.
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    Why everyone hates the boss? I ignore mine.
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    Days. nights make you go insane. Plus you family is on the opposite schedule. when you are at work they are home sleeping.
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    I work mainly evenings (3-11) and nights (11-7 or 7-7 depending vehicle job) and I have to say I prefer it! I'm not a fan of days, solely because I've never been a good "night sleeper" and when I know I have to be awake early my body wakes me up every hour thinking I'm going to be late! And then I'm dog tired for my shift
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    Love nights and evening. I am NOT a morning person and for some reason I sleep better during the day than I do nights.
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    I'm sure other places of work are similar- day shift has a LOT more paperwork. MDs in all day long entering new orders to be done, family members with many questions, and insulin/revela w/ every meal for some patients.

    so! with that said, i like night shift. cut all that out, and I have time to really focus on care, charting, and reading the progress notes. i give day nurses a ton of credit. i also wouldn't give up having time to do CNA work. I used to be an aid and I feel like night shift allows more time w/ the patients.
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    There are pros and cons to choosing a preferred nursing shift. But what is right? I mean - if you haven't tried it how will you know.

    What is your current working shift? Do you like it?

    What are the pros and cons of working your preferred shift?



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    I'm pretty pale and I have a slight Vit D deficiency so yeah I work nights. Nights was a good stepping stone for me and it allowed me to interact with my coworkers. My problem with nights is I feel like days scrutinizes my work so much and the social implications of being the whole world revolving around the daywalkers.


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