Temporarily on night shift; too scared to do it - page 2

by LaceyRN12 3,794 Views | 19 Comments

I was asked if I wanted to work for a month on night shift when I'm off orientation. I'll get paid a lot for nights, especially here in California. But I am soooo nervous. Sure, I've had a couple times in my life when I stayed up... Read More


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    I also had similar concerns, but I've been working permanent nights for 3 years and I enjoy nights. If you make sleep during the day a priority, continue to eat healthy and exercise, you should adjust. Too many people think they can stay up all day and work at night. Doing so regularly will result in burnout quickly. Some people are also more inclined to be up at night anyway, more than others. Time will tell.

    However, if you need the job, I would suggest making nights work for at least 8 months. You'll find that nights are busy in their own way.
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    I am a night shifter and I like it. Right now, I have no desire to go to day shift. Staying up really isn't hard at all. Like others said, there are things to be done and even if you hit a slow spot, staying awake shouldn't be a problem.

    I sleep in the morning of my first night shift, and between night shifts, I sleep all day with blackout curtains and a box fan (they're louder), the morning after my last night shift, I usually sleep 2-4 hours so I can have the rest of the day with my family. I also work all three of my shifts in a row.
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    I really appreciate hearing everyone's thoughts on night shifts! I'm really starting to consider it now. Maybe I should just give it a try and see what it's like. It's only temporary anyways. I also hear you get paid more while doing less work. Hehe.
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    You do not do 'less work' - you do the same if not more work with fewer resources. Trust me.
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    Haha! Less work my left eye! There is more downtime, quiet time on nights. But all the stuff day shift is too "busy" to do , gets lumped in as the night shift's responsibility. So you are filling up the quiet time with paperwork. And you have less help. No doctors right around the corner, no techs, no transporters.
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    Try taking sublingual b12 tablets. I take one to two during my shift on nights I work. Gives me a boost of energy when I began to feel sleepy.

    Nights shifters are the coolest!
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    I never found switching from days to nights to be a problem... switching back is harder but you get used to it. Up here, EVERYONE rotates and getting a day position as a new hire is unheard of. I rotated for so long that I could wake up at 8am on Friday before a weekend night shift, work 7P-7A Fri, Sat, Sun (usually only sleeping 4-5 hrs each day), sleep all day Monday til 4 or 6 (it was always my goal to be up by 12 or 1 when I didn't have to work the next night but after three in a row I was just too exhausted) and then still go to bed at 10 or 11 and sleep through the night.

    You should do it. It gives you good perspective to know what your co-workers on the other side are doing. Some nights are slow but, more often, you're running your tails off because the patients are just as sick as they are on days and you are taking care of more of them with fewer resources.
    visionary123 likes this.
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    It's not true that there is less work on night shifts ! It's not the same as day shift but still a lot to be done .And most sick people do not sleep much at night.
    Drawing blood is a good way to get used to finding veins, without having to start a IV.
    The hardest thing to get used to working nights is for family and friends to know that your day is your " night" ,you need to sleep and not talk on the phone, go out for lunch, and so on.Whether your schedule is to sleep soon after you get home in the morning or later ,it's your night and they shouldn't expect you to be available for anything else.
    One of the good things about night you don't have all those case managers,social workers ,students, and so on around. Used to be not so many visitors either but now days with customer satisfaction being high on the list of priorities that's not so much the case.
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    You will be busy enough to stay awake. Trust me, pts dont sleep
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    Blood draws are no big deal and nothing to be afraid of. That will be routine for you soon. Nights are easier on most units. Less stress. I thought I could NEVER work nights, and here I am on nights, and I fight to stay on night shift. You find what works for you. I sleep 8 hours during the day, no problem. I was sure it would not be possible.
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