I thought I would like the night shift so I told my nurse manager that I preferred it for orientation, boy did she take me literally. So, I'm on the night shift and I don't like, b/c of the effect it has on your body, it's so tiresome. So I asked her to switch back to days, and she basically laughed
in my face, and said 'I told you so" and that I could never so on days, unless I get on a long waiting list behind 2 other nurses that have been there for way longer then me, I was like "WHAT" is that!!! So, if I stay here I would have to work the night shift forever, I don't want to do that:angryfire
Nov 2, '06
How are you scheduled? The only reason I hated working nights (7-7) on a PCU was because of the horrible scheduling - one, off, on, off - which means that I had to constantly switch back and forth between a day (home) and night (work) lifestyle. They would never schedule me for more than 2 nights in a row and as a result I hardly had any quality time off.
My husband (ICU RN) works nights in a weekend program; not only does he get premium pay, but he is always scheduled 3 nights in a row with 4 days in between off; now that's very do-able.
Give it a chance, you may yet like it. If not, there are lots of places that will hire new grads on days.
P.S. I was able to get a day position after about 5-6 months. Although I'm very much a night person (note the time of this post), one major issue I had with working nights: I have trouble sleeping during the day. Ideally, night shift workers are night owls who can sleep anytime.
Last edit by DeLana_RN on Nov 2, '06