Quote from Dresdenchick
I am starting to look for work as a CNA and I am really hoping to get a 3rd shift position. I was wondering if anyone had any information or advice for someone going into 3rd shift. I don't really know what it's like working 3rds as a CNA (I know about 1st and 2nd from clinicals). Also, what is a good shift to start on? I know in a lot of areas 1st shift is coveted and it's hard to get hired for that shift. Is that the same for CNA work? I really don't want 1st shift but I am curious.
I loved working 3rd shift, but my family hated it. It would seem that it is little different to work while they are sleeping, and sleep while they are working but the real difference becomes evident when the weekends roll around and your family want to BBQ or other types of family things.
I was a full time student and I had best success with Eve classes, Night shift, Day sleep.
A few things about Night shift. Night shift nurses are sometimes on the night shift because of personnel problems. Don't jump on me nurses.. I am not saying ALL. But I worked with many nurses who couldn't/shouldn't/wouldn't work with normal humans during the daylight hours, and when you are on the night shift it is difficult to document abusive behavior from nurses because there isn't anyone around.
Once you get on "that list" of the night shift you will have to wait a long time to change shifts if you decide it isn't working for you, and whenever they lose people on the night shift you will likely be tapped to cover if you stay within the same company.
My favorite shift is Eve/Swing or 2nd shift. Other than the fact that the food is always cold and you have just as many showers as the day shift with half the staff, if you are in this job because you enjoy the residents Eve is really a great shift because it is less hectic and you have more time to spend with your residents. There are also far less nurses about on the Eve shift than the Day shift.