Change of heart

  1. Is it a terrible thing to go through orientation and than realize nocs is just not for you? Seriously, I notice such a difference when I'm not working and sleeping regular hours. Concerned about my health and mental well being. AM I a quitter? There is a pm shift open at a hospital near me and am tempted to take it. The facility I work at now is a teaching hospital. Very busy, in fact I barely have time to grab a bite to eat. What ya think nurses out there???
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   shannonRN
    as long as you gave the good ole college try, i wouldn't say that you were a quitter. some people just can't function on nights, like some people can't function on days. if you feel that this night job isn't right for you than leave and take the other job. don't stress yourself. life is too short!
  4. by   P_RN
    I agree. Do what is best for you, but don't waste their time or yours. Give notice though.
  5. by   ?burntout
    If you feel that the night shift is a threat to your health-I think you need to say "goodbye!"
    I worked 11-7 in L&d/Nsy/PP about 2-3 years ago-I love this area, but I was going to be on nights until the day pigs fly :chuckle I could not tolerate nights (and hubby couldn't either )-I was not sleeping, eating, etc. and physically and mentally I was a MESS! I am definately a DAY shift kind of gal
  6. by   whipping girl in 07
    I agree with all of them; however, talk to your manager first and see if maybe you can get on day or evening shift where you are. There may not be any openings, but if you like your job, just not the hours, there may be something your manager can do. If not, you've at least tried, and that will win you a couple of points with your manager (unless, of course, she's a cold-hearted b***h!)

    Good luck to you!
  7. by   live4today
    Kayzee.......do what is best for your health, you, your family....
    I'd go ahead and leave nights, and take the evening shift position you mentioned. Nothing is worth losing your health over unless you've got to donate an organ or two to keep one of your children alive........so, let that nightshift job go. :kiss
  8. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by Kayzee
    Is it a terrible thing to go through orientation and than realize nocs is just not for you?
    I think that some people just physically cannot adjust to nights - it's unhealthy for them. You tried, and that's all you can do.

    Now, I've seen people use the term "nocs" often, and I know now that it must mean the night shift. ANyone care to elaborate to this day shifter where "nocs" came from?

    Heather
  9. by   donmurray
    It's Greek to me, but I think it's the latin "Nocte"

    oops! as in "Night"
  10. by   SmilingBluEyes
    If you cannot stand working nights,your health and well-being may be compromised. And this will eventually compromise the care you give others, family and patients. Try to find another position which agrees w/you more. It's not for everyone!
  11. by   sjoe
    Same root as for "nocturnal." The vampire shift.
  12. by   ptnurse
    I think everyone has at least one job in their past when they just made a mistake. I tried at one point in my career to orient into the ICU. I just thought that it was the "next step" in my career for me. Big mistake. When I actually got into it, it just was not my thing. Talk it over with the nurse manager and do what you need to do for yourself. The nurse manager does not want an unhappy/unhealthy nurse anymore than you want to be unhappy/unhealthy.

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