full nights vs. rotating - page 3

I received my BSN May 2002 and my nursing career commenced this summer on a small community hospital peds unit ... I am on night shift and loathe it! I am constatly tired, emotional, etc... my body... Read More

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    [in an interview is it o.k. to make known you do not enjoy working nights - but are willing to if necessary to obtain the job?]

    I don't think we should be jerks or anything but I also don't think we should be pushovers either. If you can't work nights don't. As soon as you say, "Well, I don't really like it but..." You might as well have said, "Sure, I love nights, put me on all nights for the rest of my life!" I know, the hospital should ''respect" your desires, but lets not forget, they have a job to do and money to make and if that means they have to hurt someones feelings in the process you can be darn sure they will do it. They NEED you. Remember that. If they won't take you that is their loss. But don't you dare say you will do something you know in the long wrong is only going to hurt you and even the hospital (when you fry like a crispy piece of bacon).

    If they say it is their policy that all new comers work nights then get them to commit to how long IN writing and hold them to it. It isn't unreasonable. If they were taking on a contract nurse they would have to do the same thing.

    My policy in jobs like that is NOT to say, "I won't work nights", but to say, "I will work every shift but nights." Let them know you are not inflexible. But also let them see you have rules for employment just as they do.

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    do you think as a new grad of only 6mos who really wants a job at a particular hospital .... i can say i will work any shift but nights?
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    Well, Bluegirl, you can try...but in many cases those day shifters have got their claws into that day job, and have no intention of leaving. hehe. But sometimes you will fall into a situation. No harm in asking.

    Personally if I had to work fulltime nights 8 hour shifts I'd have some trouble, but for me it is still better than 3-11 shift fulltime. If you are single 3-11 can be a nice shift, but it is hell on family life and it just about broke my marriage up doing straight 3-ll's. 11-7 you can sleep mornings and still have family life in the eves.

    I prefer 12's split up so I can 'nap' awhile when I get home, then get up, have the rest of my day and sleep normally on my nights off. Some like to do stretches of 12's like 7 on and 7 off...and really party/vacation on that whole week off. It keeps 'em going planning that next week off.

    Some need to use sleeping pills with no hangover effect to get the rest they need. Most docs will help with that if you need it to get the rest you need and avoid getting run down...chronic 'run down' leads to illness.

    But we are all different and it took me more than a few months to figure out how to handle nights. I'm one who actually got to prefer nights as it is less frustrating to me with the suits out of the way.

    Good luck to all...we do what we have to if we need a job, right? We can ask our managers what's available and make the best choices we can. :roll
    Last edit by mattsmom81 on Jan 18, '03

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