- 0Nov 24, '08 by ccakesHello everyone! I am going to be working as a GN @ my hospitals 7p-7a. Of course I will do my training in the morning, and then starting this completley different schedule than I am used to, so I am a little bit nervous at such an adjustment. Anyone else in my shoes or was once in my shoes? Thanks for the thoughts!!
- 0Nov 24, '08 by ChristineNNights is a nice shift to work on as a new nurse. It's not as busy, easier for you to keep track of things and not get as overwhelmed. Also, more time to read charts, look at histories, etc. You may not have the pt interaction, constant phone calls from doctors, and other issues daylight shift does, but I like it.
- 0Nov 24, '08 by RNruralI agree, nights are really great for a new nurse. My best advice to you is to make your sleep very important. You need your sleep and you need to let everyone know that you will not be available during that time...no exceptions! I do great on the night shift because I make sure to get my rest. I became an RN in July but have worked the night shift since last January after working the day shift as a CNA for 10 years. I like the atmosphere of the night shift. Best of Luck!
- 0Nov 26, '08 by NeoNurseTXwhen you work back to backs, go home, eat, shower and go to bed! unplug your phones because sleep can be hard to come by when you're adjusting to night shift AND have the stress of a new nursing job.
and get blackout curtains and something to make white noise... people tend to mow their lawns during the day.
- 0Nov 29, '08 by zepnurseCongratulations on your new job! I've worked nights for over 6 years & I LOVE it! it does get some getting used to, & even now I still get calls from family & friends @ all hours of the morning when I'm sleeping, but for the most part, you will adjust & you will find that you can function on less sleep (don't ask me how that works).
The only drawback is on your day off, since you will be sleeping most the day, it won't really feel like a day off.
Best of luck!!