3 - 11 shift - page 2

Would really like to hear from those who work the 3 - 11 with regard to how you plan your days prior to going to work - do you sleep until late morning? do you do your errands? do you get the... Read More

  1. by   Jolly
    Thanks to all of you for your responses.

    I worked 3 - 11 several years ago, and, as I stated earlier, I had a very difficult time adjusting - getting home after midnight, raiding the refrigerator till 2 AM, sleeping till 11 AM or 12 noon, and then getting ready for work - I felt like all I was doing was working, eating, sleeping, working, eating, sleeping, working, eating, sleeping, working . . . . after about a year, I switched to 7 - 3 - - but that wasn't great either 'cause I, too, hate alarm clocks, and I really can't get rolling at that hour of the day. I now work an 8 - 4:30 nursing research position, but I am so out of my element due to very minimal patient care and contact -

    Soooooo,

    I applied for and was offered a psych nursing position on the 3 - 11 shift -- am so excited about the position and the facility (great working environment, great behaviorial-care unit, excellent reputation -- NO WEEKENDS! -- and psych is the reason I went into nursing), but I have been concerned about the hours and the fact that it is an hour's drive (was glad to read that two of you drive an hour each way - really am impressed by the one who has a change in time zones - that is different!).

    You know, I guess it's all in how you look at things - attitude.

    I AM in a different place with myself than I was several years ago, therefore, I think I can discipline myself to make the change.
    If not, I can always bid for the day shift after a year (and go back to an alarm clock? -- no way!!).

    Again, thanks - your input has helped.
  2. by   kids
    I am not an early morning person, when I worked days (6a-2:30p) I was chronicly late. Working nights (10p-6:30a) I get sick after a few months, no matter how much sleep I got it was not enough. My body loves swing shift, if left totally to its own internal clock I wake up around 10:30a and fall asleep around 2:30a.
    Unfortunately swings didn't work with my life. I never saw my kids once they were school age. I never got anything done...by the time I was up and moving I had time to do some things around the house and then it was time to get ready for work.

    I am working 8-5 or 8:30-5:30 M-F now and it is working EXCEPT I had forgotten how hard it is to get any "business" stuff done: banking, Dr. appts etc.

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