Feeling Flustered - page 2

Hello All, Since this is the place we all reach out to when we need to vent, I am going to consider this my very first "on the job" vent thread. :D I've been working at what some people may... Read More

  1. by   Altra
    During any of your interviews for your new job ... did the unit's scheduling requirements come up in conversation? Do you know if you've been hired for a specific shift, or if everyone rotates? Do you know the requirements for weekends / Mondays / Fridays / holidays?
  2. by   emtb2rn
    Miserable scheduling. Hopefully your new gig will be better. Think of it this way, one of your xmas presents will be leaving that schedule behind.
  3. by   Mom2boysRN
    I'm right there with ya, except I work swings. After dropping my kids at school this morning my word.. See you tomorrow just killed me. I left a days position at an AL to work at a SNF to get better experience. I've been working this shift for 5 months now and it's killing me how much I miss my kids and husband and how detached I feel fro my family and friends much of the time.

    I understand dues etc but that doesn't make it suck less.
  4. by   traumaRUs
    Three months isn't really long enough to get used to nights. I found it best for me to work my 3 12's in a row because I didn't have to switch back and forth.

    I worked nights for 15 years and for the most part loved it. However, it does take a toll and I'm glad I work days now.

    Take care and congrats on the new job.
  5. by   FootballGirl
    Hey there! My first hospital job (which was my second job, and the one I am currently at!) hired me for evenings .8. So basically I work 8 shifts in two weeks from 3p to 1130p, and every other weekend! I don't blame you for not wanting to work nights EVERY weekend! You were smart to take the job that was available at the time but I'd also go crazy not being able to really have a social life! Good luck and congrats with the new job!!!!!
  6. by   JennRN65
    I have worked nights for 18 years. For me, scheduling all three shifts (or in my case four) in row has helped me have a normal life on those days off. My normal days are Monday - Thursday nights. On Friday, I sleep till noon and then transition back to a daytime life through the weekend. The weeks I have my weekend requirement, I am off Thursday night.

    When I split the shifts up it makes it harder to resume a daytime life with my family.

    As for working every weekend, they should have outlined your expected schedule on the new job. Is this a weekend option position or one you have to work every other weekend, every third weekend etc.

    Good Luck on your new job - you will figure out what schedule works for you eventually.
  7. by   EGDnurse

    When I was fresh out of school, I had to work 3 12 hour midnight shifts per week, and every other weekend. What I used to do was schedule myself to work two shifts in a row-Monday and Tuesday, off Wed, Thur, Fri, work Sat and Sun. Off Mon, Tues, Wed, work Thursday and Friday. My working weekend was the split in the pay period, so Saturday would be on one week, and Sunday on the next (so I always made my 36 hours) I would get up early the first day of my two days, and go back to sleep from noon until about 5:00 or so, then sleep on the day of my second shift. Coming off my shift I would sleep about six hours, and see my friends and family. It worked for the time I had to do it.

    I wish you the best of luck, I prayed to find a day shift job, and found one about nine months out of school.
  8. by   LoveMyBugs
    Have you talked to your new job about the schedule yet? It had been my experience that hospital systems I have worked for , you have your core 2 week schedule.
    In that you get one weekend off. I have had a few various scheudles one I worked every Tues and Thurs and every other weekend, so Tues, Thurs, Sat , Sun, Tues, Thurs, Tues...
    Another shift I had were my 3 days were together was Thur, Fri, Sat, then Wens Thur Fri. I really liked that schedule as my weekend was only Sat not both Sat and Sun.
    The job I currently have for nights 2 on 2 off 2 on 3 off... roating so I get every other weekend off.
  9. by   StrwbryblndRN
    I used to work 7p-7a fri-sun. I loved it. I saw my kids alot. Summers were even better. I now work random nights and hate it. I try as hard as can be to put 3 days together as much as I can when I self schedule. I find I sleep more and do not see my kids much now. A job change could be exactly what you need.
    Hope it all works out for you.
  10. by   anotherone
    depends where you work, how the schedule works etc. working off one work one off one work one, esp nights and 12 hours might leave you just as exhausted.
  11. by   bjaeram
    I think three in a row is much better then every other night. It takes time to adjust back to a day schedule and if you have to switch back and forth every day you will be really screwed up.

    In a hospital you will probably work everyother or every third weekend so you can get some of your social life back.
  12. by   Merlyn
    Every place is different. I worked 11-7 for twenty years. At first it was 7 days on 1 day off 3 days on 3 days off. then I went to 3-11 then 7p-7a. Nursing can be hell sometimes. Thinking the Sun is the Moon and the Moon is the Sun. When Nursing is 9-5 it will be heaven. Unfortunately scheduling can be unfair at times. The best advice that I can give you is talk to your new supervisor. You're the new kid on the block but sometimes you can get lucky but only if you talk to her. Tell her what you would 'like', not what you 'want'. like is a better term. Always remember you are not the only nurse that she has to please. Besides she has to ensure coverage for 24/7. But if she is good at what she does. She will try to make you and all the other nurses happy.
  13. by   Bravekids
    If at all possible I do not schedule myself 3 days in a row. I work them when I have to but that third day is really rough...and I am thinking about myself and my patient. Who says you need to keep plodding along in a schedule that you are having difficulty with. Have you spoken with your supervisor?