Here I go...about to start on the dreaded mandatory night shift rotation. I haven't done night shift since my early 20s (now in my early 30s). Arrghh! Can't say I'm looking forward to it. But we have a night shift shortage & everyone on my floor on the day shift has been mandated to do 3 weeks of night shift. Now it's my turn.:zzzzz
I've got 3 days until I start. Being accustomed to getting up at 5:30 am for my day shift position, this is completely contrary to my nature! I am trying to ready myself by staying up as late as possible for the next few days. I've got my box fan ready to go, my blackout drapes in place, my sunglasses ready for the drive home in the am. I will unplug my phone when I get home each morning. I'll be brewing a big pot of coffee in the evening before work & will not drink any past 2 am...
I've been dreading my night shift rotation! I know it's only 3 weeks, so I'm clinging to that thought. But I have a feeling it's going to be heck. Any shift workers that have survival tips for me?
After my 3 weeks of night shift, I get 2 days off then I'm back onto days. I KNOW it will wreck my body to flip flop like that.
I'm already tired just thinking about it!
I'd appreciate any advice you night shift folk might have!
Sep 24, '02
Last edit by RENAISSANCE RN on May 24, '06