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 all night... but that's when I was bored and unemployed and had no real responsibility. THIS is different; I'd have to stay awake to take care of people. I'm terrified. I don't want to make deadly mistakes because of my lack of sleep. And no, I don't drink coffee or tea. I HATE them. So how am I gonna stay awake? I was honest and said I don't know if I am up for it but I'd think about it. I don't really know why I was asked to do this. My entire sleep schedule is gonna be off, and I won't have time to adjust since I'll be going from days straight to nights. And I'd be on an entirely different schedule as my husband. And I'm afraid my cat will keep meowing all day when I'm trying to sleep (he's a LOUD meower)... I still hear him even with ear plugs. And during night shifts, they draw all the labs. I can draw blood, but there are a lot of times I end up getting someone else to do it for me because the patients are such a hard stick. I know it'll probably be less busy at night; that's a plus. I'm just scared. I honestly REALLY don't want to work nights, but I'm atleast considering it. What would you do??
Working nights vs. being unemployed as a new grad in CA? That one's an easy call--drink a ton of water to pressurize your bladder and stay awake from having to pee every 15 minutes, pound some RedBull, and join the dark side crew...
Last edit by Cohiba on Jul 3, '13