I am new to this profession, not as young as I once was, not as energetic as I once was (I know, wrong profession), and after my training period I'll be assigned to night shift work--three days, 12 hours per shift.
I have a family with two small children and I have difficulty staying up past 9:30 on ordinary days--now I'm faced with this. Try as I may, I can't figure out how to do it without changing my sleep schedule for my four off days as well. But if I do that, I'll never see my family at all.
May I ask experienced nurses for advice on:
1) Transitioning to night shift work in general--how to keep awake and alert when you're used to sleeping
2) Living with night shift work on a schedule that includes four days off. I can't imagine living on a day schedule half the week and a night schedule the other half. Do people do that?