Quote from rnkittykat
i will be a new grad for a big academic hospital starting in january working rotating shifts. just how common is it to work rotating shifts? any advice?
when i worked on the west coast, we didn't rotate. everywhere else, we did. rotating shifts are pretty common!
advice -- you'll have to figure out what works for you. if you do self-schedule, try to work all your nights together, days together, etc. allow 2-3 days off between shift changes if possible. (easier if you're working all 12s.) when you're working nights, stay on a night shift schedule even on your days off. (depends on your age -- when i was 20-something, i could work all three shifts in the same week and party afterward. now that i'm ummm . . . older . . . it takes me awhile to bounce back!)
there are plenty of threads about advice for working nights.
my best advice is be gracious about rotating shifts. if you go into your new job complaining about it, people will mark you as a complainer, and you'll have a harder time becoming part of the unit. chances are everyone else there has to rotate, too.