Quote from loconno2
Working 3 consecutive 12 hour shifts exhausts me. I usally finish the third night by crying in my car on my way home from work. The last shift I worked I had to practically run out of a patient's room because my IBS symptoms were flaring up.
I've started a new job and sure enough I am scheduled for 3 consecutive 12 hour shifts for 3 weeks in a row. I actually quit my first hospital job because of this issue.
At this point I am considering asking about a Baylor position (working weekends only) or getting a note from my doctor saying I cannot work this schedule for health reasons.
What should I do? I like being a nurse. I even like working 12 hour shifts. But every employer (this is my third in 3 years) seems to expect me to work an exhausing schedule to accommodate them.
Honestly, I think it is unreasonable for my employer to expect me to fit a fulltime work schedule in only 3 days. But other employees work this schedule and so I am expected to as well.
Am I being unrealistic?
Welcome to my world for about 15 years. Remove maternity leave for two babies, and that's what my career was like. I worked night shifts and just left a job that routinely scheduled me for 5-8 12 hour night shifts in a row.
I'm pushing 40, my husband has a demanding job in the military, and I'm trying to provide some sort of normal life for two neat kids. So I left and took an Endoscopy position at a great place, Mon - Fri 0800 - 1600. No call, no nights, no holidays, and no weekends.
I miss critical care. It was part of who I identified myself to be. I know the patients need nursing care, but I finally had to soul search and explore my priorities in life. My family has to come first.
Now I sleep about 8 hours a night, make plans on the weekends, travel, and cook dinner! I see my son's football games, my daughter's dance recitals, and can cover if my husband needs to dispatch overnight somewhere.
It isn't as exciting, but it's soothing!
It's hard to come to the realization that I wasn't Superwoman.
Please speak up. I missed out on so much because I lived in the fog from all those twelve hour night shifts.