I've been working nights in an inpatient drug detox for the past year and a half. I work 8hr shifts, sat-tues with wed-fri off. At first, I loved nights. It's so nice to be going in the OPPOSITE direction of the rush-hour traffic, and nice to have that 3rd day off during the week. It's definitely nice to have weekdays off so that I can schedule doc appts and other things without having to take time off work. However, I'm young and getting stuck working the same schedule every week is making it hard for me to have a social life (welcome to nursing, I know). Also, night shift in general is taking a toll on both my mind and body. My manager has tried to help tweak the schedule a little bit to help me out. Instead of every Saturday 11p-7a she was able to let me alternate Saturday noc/day shift. But other than that, there really isn't any movement within shifts. No one wants to come off days and no one wants to do rotation. We're a small facility, too.. so they won't really implement huge scheduling changes and also won't offer 12-hr shifts instead of 8's.
I worked in a poorly run Primary Care clinic for two years prior to this job. The reason I left was ultimately because the doc I worked with moved out of state and there were no full-time opportunities within the company at that time. Initially, night shift was a nice change but now that it's taken it's toll, I've been applying like crazy to Outpatient facilities and day-shift jobs all over. I FINALLY got a call yesterday from a new clinic owned by a major Boston hospital and I interview next week. I'm so excited! I'll likely take the job if it's offered to me.
Has anyone found themselves in a similar situation? I felt like I hated the office when I worked there, but I really feel like it was that particular medical group. I've been itching to get back into the outpatient setting for the "normal" hours and the different pace. I'll be applying to an RN bridge program soon, which would start in September. I'm also wondering if they'll be flexible with me getting to class on time (applying to an evening program) ...again, all things I need to bring up at the interview.
Has anyone else gone from a night shift job to 40hrs days M-F? How did you adjust? Are you happy with your decision? There are other issues going on with my current job besides the schedule that make me eager to get out ASAP, but they're more personal. I know I'm the only one that can make the decision, but I don't want to make a hasty one- I'd just love to hear about anyone else's thoughts or experiences... Thank you for reading!!!