First RN Job = Telemetry = Day or Noc Shift?
Umm...I was told there'd be no math...
Seriously, as a new grad I do days with rotation to nights, and each has its pros and cons. Nights are easier for more reasons than days, though. Not nearly as many conflicting agendas on the floor, no family, no juggling trays-versus-NPOs, fewer BG checks, fewer med passes, fewer people to fight for the chart, almost no discharges, fewer admissions.
On the other hand, during the day you always know who's covering which patient. At night it can be a little tricky to work that out, and sometimes it's someone who's on-call for a seriously huge number of patients. Sometimes the last progress note and set of orders were written at 13:00, and that tells you exactly nothing about who to call at 01:00. Our main pharmacy closes at around 11PM, so there's ambiguity around that time as to which one to call for things you're missing. Fewer resources are available, personnel-wise; our Clinical Nurse Specialist is almost never there for nights, and that's a good person to have around when you're new to the profession. Otherwise it's easy to fall into everyone else's bad habits from the git-go. During the day, too, you can always go back in to a patient's room and re-check something you weren't sure about, whereas at night they're trying to get some sleep, thank you very much. And then you realize you need to draw for this or that lab an hour later...:trout: Remember, too, that most day-nurses think you have all the time in the world to do whatever at night, and that that's not necessarily the reality. We have to enter the tele summaries in the chart twice at night: at 23:00 for the monitor techs who work 3-11 and at 07:00 for the ones working 11p-7a. The shift in general just flows differently, is the main thing.
My vote would be for the rotation-thing I do, so you see both sides. I was on nights for a week during rotation and then again for the first week I was off orientation, which worked out well for me, even though the latter ended up being a few of the craziest nights I've seen yet!
Hope some of this helps,