Hee hee!! Ahh, memories...I remember thinking the EXACT same thing...'how in the hell do these people DO this every day and not DIE from it??!!'
Sit down a lot. Stretch. Get good shoes. Drink water. Eat fresh fruit. Stretch when you get home. If possible, when you move into another house, be a b**** like I was and DEMAND a whirlpool tub (heh heh). Stretch before work. Yes, all of this sounds kinda goofy, but it helps. You'll get used to it in a little bit, DON'T WORRY. But do go out and buy good shoes...TOMORROW. Do not put it off!!
Almost forgot to answer your other question! I work 3 12's in a row...I'm greedy...I like my days off AAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL in a row (we have self-scheduling). Some places actually refuse to 'allow' nurses to do 12's, if you can believe that!! When someone else does the scheduling, usually they only schedule 3 12's back to back if you request it specially. Otherwise, they break them up. Just ask how they schedule at the interview, and after you've been at work a couple of weeks and are off orientation, don't be afraid to speak up if you want your schedule done differently. I will say, I looooooooove self-scheduling!!
[ May 01, 2001: Message edited by: kday ]