Which is best 3p-3a or 7p-7a

  1. 0 So I'm currently waiting to start a ER night position either 7pm to 7am or 3pm 3am, I'm not sure which one for sure. If I take the 3-3 I'm not that worried about sleep. Its the 7-7 that scares me. If I get home at 8:00 how long should I sleep to? I can fall asleep in the day easily when I work doubles, just not use to doing it consecutively.
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    About Nursingluv101

    Nursingluv101 has '1' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Emergency Department, Float Pool'. From 'California'; 37 Years Old; Joined Oct '08; Posts: 80; Likes: 24.

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  3. Visit  Esme12 profile page
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    Quote from Nursingluv101
    So I'm currently waiting to start a ER night position either 7pm to 7am or 3pm 3am, I'm not sure which one for sure. If I take the 3-3 I'm not that worried about sleep. Its the 7-7 that scares me. If I get home at 8:00 how long should I sleep to? I can fall asleep in the day easily when I work doubles, just not use to doing it consecutively.
    My only thoughts to you is.......

    The 3P-3A is a brutal shift. YOu are busy from the moment you enter the building. It is difficult to get a bread and every 4 hours someone is comming or going on another shiift including the MDs . Ever one assumes the previous shift "gave you your break" and at their shift change it isn'a a "good time" as they are getting report. It flies by but you WILL be busy. You hit all the peaks of the day.

    This has been discessed here before.....
    http://allnurses.com/emergency-nursi...ew-757279.html
    Google Search Results for 3p 3A shift in the ER
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  4. Visit  Nursingluv101 profile page
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    Thanks!!! I looked into all the forums and 3-3pm sounds horrible, I work 3-11pm now as a floater which is horrible bc they switch me almost every four hours to a new unit but my favorites are ICU and ER, I really like the staff in our ER at night and like working ER, so I'm hoping I can get in the ER 7pm-7am. Do recommend any ER books or things I should do before working there permeant
    Thanks
  5. Visit  Esme12 profile page
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    moved thread for better response. What expereince do you have have so far?
  6. Visit  Nursingluv101 profile page
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    A year as a float nurse... ICU med surg/tele, ER and postpartum are the units I'm In the most.
  7. Visit  Esme12 profile page
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    Are you ACLS already? Some courses to look into......The ABCs of Alphabet Soup: Emergency and Trauma. What type of orientation will they offer you?
  8. Visit  Nursingluv101 profile page
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    Yes I have my ACLS,PALS.
  9. Visit  Crux1024 profile page
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    I work 3p to 3a. It IS brutal. I find i sleep from 4a-11a and then can have a normal day. But we are SO busy. The only time i get to catch a breath and slow down is right before I leave for home. I switch to night shift next week.
  10. Visit  nurse4newlife profile page
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    7p-7a isn't too bad, try to work your scheduled shifts consecutively or else you end up loosing days off because you have to sleep from the shift the night before and don't wake until 4-5pm on your day off...pros are if you hv kids they wont miss you as much, less management present to hinder actual work, more autonomy granted from physicians who don't.want to be called at 3am for a straight cath order...cons its really hard to adjust initially, the crazies come in at night, less or no ancillary staff, and once you do actually adjust, its difficult to switch from night walker to day walker on your days off...which is why I am wide awake at 0220 and don't hv to be.ay work til Tuesday :/
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  11. Visit  Nursingluv101 profile page
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    I'm super depressed I was suppose to get an ER position at a hospital but then it fell threw because an internal candidate made a big fuss that she wasn't interviewed! Then I applied to my own hospital but didn't get!! Because HR screwed me over ! I really want to be in the ER but I feel like its never going to happen at least I still get to work there sometimes as a floater.
  12. Visit  hherrn profile page
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    Done both, prefer 3-3. Go to sleep in dark, wake up in light. And, if I have just one isolated shift, I can just show up with no prep or nap.
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  13. Visit  geminiBSN75 profile page
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    I just got a 7p-7a position. I've never worked nights before and I'm having anxiety about when I'm going to sleep and when I'm going to see my family!
  14. Visit  TRUtraumaRN profile page
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    Worked 7pm-7a and loved it and then the manager decided to place me on the 2p-2a shift cause we were so short. HATED IT! Like others have said, you're busy the moment you walk in the door and things have barely even begun to slow down (if at all...) when you leave. And in my ED, day shift was notorious for giving you random rooms throughout the ED so that the day shift nurses had their section of rooms altogether. For example, I'd have rooms 1, 12 and 15 (room 1 being on the hallway across from 12 and 15). They'd also wait to give you 3-4 pts all at once (most of the time pts were in rooms before you even got there and weren't worked up and nothing was done). I'm glad the 2-2 was just for once schedule cause I have to say I love my night shift crew. I also think that working night shift is a lot more manageable as far as lifestyle once you get the hang of things. Good luck!
    geminiBSN75 likes this.


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