I am a new member to the site, but have puttered around here without being a member for a while now..
I am due to graduate from a BSN-RN program in December of this year and will start in the ER in mid-January with 4 to 5 months of orientation to start (so assuming everything goes okay, I will start on my "own" in May/June/July). I did my capstone in the ER, and I loved it and could not imagine myself being anywhere else, but my question or rather advice I am seeking is about the shift I will be working!
I have signed to do nights (7p-7a), and never experienced them yet- I am only 23, so I feel like I can adjust alright, but does anyone have helpful hints on adjusting to the completely opposite schedule, how to keep from gaining what I hear is an average of 10 pounds when working nights, how to get a good.. day's (hehe) sleep, what the pace is like during nights?
Also, any other knowledge or tips you want to impart on me as well would be much appreciated!