Hello fellow nurses!
I'm an RN on a very busy ortho unit; I've only been off orientation for 2 months. It has been overwhelming at times but I've definitely learned a lot and am so much better at time management than when I first started. I work 7p-7a three times/week. I'm glad I started on nights because there is less chaos and the other nurses are there to help if I need it. But I am definitely a morning person..my days off are not always so fun because I can't flip like some people can and a lot of times I feel too tired to do anything other than just lay on the couch all day (or I should say night)! I like working
nights, but I don't like my schedule on my days off. I would be happier and more alert if I had more of a day shift schedule. Anyways, I was just wondering when y'all thought it would be good for a new RN to switch from nights to days on a really busy floor? Six months? Nine? A whole year? Please let me know your experience/thoughts with this. I want to switch asap but I know the day nurses are pretty much on their own because of all that goes on, so I don't want to switch then be so lost because other nurses don't have the time to help me out here and there. I would like to be on the same floor for my whole first year, but I'm thinking if I can get a job on days on a more slow paced floor I might take it. Help if you can! Thanks.