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

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... Read More

  1. Visit  gagirl1124} profile page
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    I've worked both nights and days. When I first graduated I worked a mix and it almost killed me. I worked 12s and often only had one day to get my clock reset so to speak when going from a day to night or vice versa. Days to nights isn't as bad but nights to days can be brutal. For example you work Sunday night from 7p-7a. You're off Monday and then have to work tuesday 7a-7p. So you try not to sleep Monday or only a few hours and then you can't sleep that night and then you're exhausted all day Tuesday. I would ask the recruiter if it would be a whole rotation of each for several weeks at a time or a few days of each per pay period. You can do a mix but it's just hard. Especially if you have a family and responsibilities that can't work around a mix easily. Good luck and I hope you get a great job!
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  3. Visit  NewAggieGrad09} profile page
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    I have been a day/night rotator since I started in Dec 2009. I was hired for rotation, which was good for me because I wasn't sure what I would like better. Our scheduler told me that she could see me as a night person...and she was right! Even though I prefer nights, I am not ready to commit to one, because sometimes days works out for me (like when I work weekends). However, I only do days about every 3 weeks, and 3-4 day shifts tops...anymore than that, and I'll have a serious attitude! I'm naturally a night owl, so when I am on day shift, I can't sleep til about 12am or later, even after coming home from a rough day! I do sometimes have nights and days in the same week...IDK how I do it, but I manage! Maybe next year, I'll ask to be strictly nights.

    I would ask if you could try mixing first, then have the opportunity later to pick just one. If not, I'd go for the nights. I didn't see much of a difference as to what I was able to see and learn on day shift vs night shift as a new grad. Good luck!
  4. Visit  Martha Clark} profile page
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    My suggestion is all night shift for at least 6 mths. As a new grad you're already stresed-Don't push the envelope-nurse since 1978!
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  5. Visit  NocturneRN} profile page
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    Quote from newgradRN8
    Hi all nurses.com!!
    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 what the pros and cons and maybe what you would prefer picking and why?
    ALL night shifts: i would have to adjust for only for the first few weeks??
    Day/Night Mix shifts: i would constantly be adjusting my sleep schedule?? would i be a zombie?

    THANKS in advance for any comments or advice!!

    I'd definitely go for straight nights for several reasons:
    __it's easier on your metabolism, and MUCH easier to schedule appointments, etc.
    __the pay is usually better
    __there aren't as many interruptions (phones ringing, visitors and bosses milling around, piles of new doctors' orders)
    __there's a camaraderie on night shift that you seldom see on days, because you HAVE to work as a team. When you're working rotating shifts, you don't quite "belong" to nights OR days
    __(my opinion only) people who work nights tend to have flexible personalities

    When I started with my present employer, they had only nights available, so I agreed to try it for the 6 months or so before a day shift opened up. Once the opportunity to switch to days presented itself, I thought very hard about it and said "No, thanks, I think I'll stick to nights." That was 13 years ago, and I've been on straight nights ever since.

    It's not for everyone----some people never do manage to adjust to sleeping during the day, and eventually find that they're better suited to the other shifts. And some have commitments (small children, etc.) that make working night shift very difficult. But, for those who can manage the switch, it's a great shift to work and gain experience.
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  6. Visit  miriamlpn} profile page
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    I'd do all nights. A shift mix really gets to you physically.
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  7. Visit  mmmc2} profile page
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    Quote from newgradRN8
    Hi all nurses.com!!
    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 what the pros and cons and maybe what you would prefer picking and why?
    ALL night shifts: i would have to adjust for only for the first few weeks??
    Day/Night Mix shifts: i would constantly be adjusting my sleep schedule?? would i be a zombie?

    THANKS in advance for any comments or advice!!
    Take all nights. I have worked both and day/night mix is so much harder for your body to adjust too. I'll never do a mix again!
  8. Visit  SDHealth} profile page
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    I was offered a day/night position, and I took it. It was in the area I felt is a good area for a new nurse, and being out of school for two years and licensed a year ago, I couldn't be too picky. I believe they do it in set weeks, so 2 weeks days, 2 weeks nights. It may not be ideal, but I have not had much luck in jobs at hospitals. This was the best opportunity I've been given, even if the schedule is not desired, but I believe the experience will be worth it. In your situation, I would say take the straight nights though.
  9. Visit  froggy8} profile page
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    WOW thanks to everyone for the advice!!!!!!!!! I appreciate everyones support!! Especially since it is soooo hard to get a job in a hosp as a new grad....

    I'm going to buy my vitamin D3 tomorrow - 1000units... maybe I will buy the one with calcium (calcium with D) but I will compare tomorrow at the drug store.... not sure if that vit D3 is much less or not...
  10. Visit  SCSTxRN} profile page
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    I currently work mix and I am just waiting for an all night line to open up. Nights. Definitely.
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  11. Visit  CHavez92} profile page
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    Take all nights. Because days and nights are going to kill your body have you sleepy and tired the whole day at work but to be for real you might just be a zombie at the end of the day you will never have a chance to sleep. But on the other hand, all nights are difficult to but once you keep the rotation and vibe going you will be a much succesful person in all nights than you"ll be days and night. That way you wil have the chance to sleep and have time to do some personal things. Your boss is going to put a tough schedule on as soon as you hit the clock so get your rest and cut out on the partying, and get ready for the next morning.
    All nights during work time is good so that you can follow the regulaur basis so on your days off you want be in zombie mode. My vote straight nights.!!!!!
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  12. Visit  Tryptophan} profile page
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    Go with straight nights. I was hired for a day/night rotation and it wasn't pleasant. I recently switched over to straight nights and it has been good.
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  13. Visit  annacat} profile page
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    I worked day/night rotation for 2 years. It was very difficult. But I think that day shift teaches a new nurse a lot!
    Day shift is when the doctors round, family members visit, patients are sent to surgery... and lots more.
    If you can handle it for a couple of years you will learn a lot. You are also more likely to obtain a full time day rotation if you have day experience!
    I was 36 when I graduated and got my first RN job. After 2 years of day/night rotation I had to stop because it was really affecting my physical health and mental state. I have heard that it is not so hard on the body/mind when you are younger.
    I now work in an out patient center with full time day shift and not weekends or hollidays.
    My experience with night shift is that it is not as supervised. This can be a good thing for people who don't want management on their backs but as a new RN you should want to be supervised well. On my unit mistakes and unprofessional behavior were much less likely to be corrected on night shift. Most of the strictly night RN's were excellent and very experienced but there was a contingent who liked to find a dark corner and go to sleep for a few hours or hang out on facebook, these people were horrible to work with and not very strong in their nursing skills, I remember one such RN who began to perform CPR on a patient who was breathing and had a pulse! Imagine being a new nurse and trying to learn from people like this!
    If you do choose to do all nights try to stay in touch with your management and actively stay involved in learning skills and understanding what goes on during day shift. Find the experienced competent RN's on night shift and learn from them. And try not to be one of those night nurses who leaves a lot of work for day shift.

    I wish you good luck and great success with your new career path!
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  14. Visit  jetsh} profile page
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    Sorry to send mixed messages but I definitely vote for a mix! You'll get much better experience as a new grad on days, and you want the first scary situations you're in to be on days with plenty of people around to help out. My unit doesn't even let new grads do permanent nights until they've been there for at least six months, sometimes longer. Personally I think no matter what your schedule, you'll flip-flop a bit -- it's worth it to get the day shift experience. You'll see different things, get to participate in rounds, learn more about the various procedures...
    That's my vote! I'm on permanent evenings now (3-11) and I hate nights so it works for me, but I'm really glad I did day/night for 1.5 years before settling into this. I saw a lot.

    Good luck! Congrats on getting a job!


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