ALL nights or day/night MIX shift to pick? HELP! need to reply to recruiter! - page 5

by froggy8

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Hi all nurses.com!! :nurse: I am a new grad ready to start my new job soon, however had a question for you, the recruiter called me and asked if I wanted all nights or day/night mix shift.... I have no experience so wondering... Read More


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    Thanks all! I have picked all nights! but who knows... I have a feeling I might have to work some days too... just a feeling haha
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    For those experienced with working the overnight shift -- what do you do on your days (actually nights) off and you're trying to keep the same sleep schedule to stay consistent? I'm assuming you would continue to be awake during what would be your work hours, so what do you typically do at home from 10:30 or 11:00 p.m. till 7:00 a.m. (for example) when everyone else is asleep?
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    Quote from CAAMSE
    For those experienced with working the overnight shift -- what do you do on your days (actually nights) off and you're trying to keep the same sleep schedule to stay consistent? I'm assuming you would continue to be awake during what would be your work hours, so what do you typically do at home from 10:30 or 11:00 p.m. till 7:00 a.m. (for example) when everyone else is asleep?
    Some times you stay awake, some times go to sleep. It all depends on how tired you are. I'm a night person. I've been off nights for about five years still can't get up in the morning and still go to sleep at about 4AM. Different internal clock. Now back to your question. You try to keep on 11-7 time. But everyone is different.
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    Thanks, Merlyn!
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    Merlyn, I thought I was the only one! I did nights WEO - that was 5 years ago, and I still prefer the nights to the days. I've always been a night person; I don't "rise and shine," but I will be fine at 0300. Don't know what I was thinking when I switched to days. At 0630, I was a zombie coming on for day shift. The funny thing is that I was always awake and ready to go on the nights, no matter what unearthly hour it was. I plan on trying for another all-nights position when I graduate. Besides, the really fun stuff happens at night.

    OP, you asked how to switch back and forth. I agree with PP - try to group your shifts together, if possible. I worked weekend option, so I had three 12s in a row, then Monday was "conversion day." Go home. Get any kids off to school. Nap for a few hours. Try to wake up around 1300-1400 or so. Have a nice day with family. Go to bed at a reasonable hour, and attempt the switch. Incidentally, I have since discovered that this method works for international travel as well.

    The other option is to do what Merlyn does - keep a quasi-nocturnal schedule all the time. I did the above because of family obligations, but, given the choice, I would do like Merlyn. In fact, my schedule now is very similar to what (s)he described above.

    Good luck with the new job!
    Last edit by RHC81 on Jan 25, '12 : Reason: Typo
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    Quote from RHC81
    Merlyn, I thought I was the only one! I did nights WEO - that was 5 years ago, and I still prefer the nights to the days. I've always been a night person; I don't "rise and shine," but I will be fine at 0300. Don't know what I was thinking when I switched to days. At 0630, I was a zombie coming on for day shift. The funny thing is that I was always awake and ready to go on the nights, no matter what unearthly hour it was. I plan on trying for another all-nights position when I graduate. Besides, the really fun stuff happens at night.

    OP, you asked how to switch back and forth. I agree with PP - try to group your shifts together, if possible. I worked weekend option, so I had three 12s in a row, then Monday was "conversion day." Go home. Get any kids off to school. Nap for a few hours. Try to wake up around 1300-1400 or so. Have a nice day with family. Go to bed at a reasonable hour, and attempt the switch. Incidentally, I have since discovered that this method works for international travel as well.

    The other option is to do what Merlyn does - keep a quasi-nocturnal schedule all the time. I did the above because of family obligations, but, given the choice, I would do like Merlyn. In fact, my schedule now is very similar to what she described above.

    Good luck with the new job!
    Sometimes it's fun to being a vampire.
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    I know that you already made your choice, but I wanted to throw in my opinion since it is totally opposite of everyone else's. I work rotating days/nights and I love it. I usually work 2-3 weeks of nights then 2-3 weeks of days, but it varies. As long as I group my shifts and don't mix them up I am fine. There was one time when I picked up overtime and it worked out that I switched shifts about 8 times within two weeks...now THAT was miserable. But as long as you think about it and get to know what your body can handle you will be okay. I use to work straight nights and it turned me into a zombie. I was just always tired. Now, when I come off nights I will sleep about 6 hours, then get up for 4-5 hours, then I go to bed at a normal time (around 11). The next day I am totally back on schedule. The fact is that when I work the same shift I get bored/tired of it. Plus, through some of high school and all through college I worked part time jobs where I had to switch between night shift and day shift, so I am pretty accustomed to sleeping whenever/wherever.

    I also think that switching shifts gave me some good experience as a new grad. It made it easier to get to know ALL of the providers, and to learn when it was appropriate to approach the night team vs. the day team with certain things. Since everyone rotates shifts except for the weekend contractors it also eliminates the day shift vs. night shift mentality.

    Congratulations on your job by the way! Good luck!
    Last edit by beckster_01 on Jan 26, '12 : Reason: prematurely hit 'enter'
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    I would just choose just the night shift. Your body will already be off wrack, by putting your body through this day/night schedule could be harsh. Take Care!
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    It depends...i work a mix ...........but i only have to work 2 night shifts a month at most... its not so bad. i have worked all nights and i was tired all the time. I don't get tired just working one night here and there.
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    i LOVE night shift. Especially just beginning your career, it may be less stress for you to not have as many other professionals in the mix while you are trying to navigate your first job. Plus I find it that more nurses have time to help out a new grad during night shift.

    my opinion


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