So normally I'm a first shifter (7-3) but yesterday the charge nurse asked me to do a double and come back in for third (11 p -7a). At first I turned her down but then I thought about it and I wanted to try it out. I always wondered what the heck third shifters do anyway. Well I loved it. It is the best shift EVER. As soon as I got there I was like 'what am I supposed to be doing?' they said just do rounds answer lights and then change ppl at midnight / 1ish. I mean seriously I couldn't believe it. By the end of my shift I had half my hall dressed and laying on top of made beds for the first shifters. All I basically had to do was change residents a couple times and answer lights. I don't know what I was expecting but it was a breeze. The only thing is around 3a I started to get very sleepy. I don't think I could do it full time but def. once a week at least. I've heard ppl say third shift is just as hard as first....definately not where I work. I know I've been reading on here lately about a lot of stressed out first shifters....rushing, not being able to really talk to the residents, etc...you may want to try third. Some residents who I never get a chance to even speak to on first are up all night and I was able to sit in their rooms and talk with them and watch a little discovery channel with them too
! Now I see why they sleep all day lol.