I'm still a pre-nursing student, but have been wondering about this. Are night shifts ever mandatory, especially as a new grad?? I know that pay is higher for nights and there are other benefits, but it is possible for new grads or even just RN's to pick their shifts? I'm scared to think that night shifts would be mandatory because I don't think I'd be able to handle it. My body does strange things without sleep and I can't seem to focus/be alert, which completely scares me when I think I would be responsible for patients at night. I know I sound like I wuss and people get use to it, but I'd really like to work days. Any input on how scheduling usually works for new grads? Are day shifts even available? Also, are shifts usually scheduled in a row? I guess I'm just confused on who decides the hours- the RN or the supervisor, and do you as the employee have much say?!
Thanks in advance..this forum is awesome
Mar 28, '07
Embrace night shifts! They are wonderful!
Nights are peaceful, calm, and pleasant (aside from definite exceptions). When I work nights, I actually have time to do my job without rushing, and I can actually have conversastions with my coworkers (both social and nursing relating). Even better, I often have time to read my patients charts in detail, or find a couple journals articles on their conditions. Sometimes, I actually have time to sit down with an anxious patient who can't sleep and *gasp* talk to them about it!!!
Night shifts...nursing as it should be!
The sleeping part is easy. When you go to bed at 9am and wake up at 5pm you aren't tired during the night. 3:00am feels just like 3:00pm. It's not the same as spontaneously pulling an "all-nighter."
Anyway, I just thought someone needed to advocate for night shifts. People always say such bad things about them, but really...they are great!
Last edit by leosrain on Mar 28, '07