We work all 12s 7-7s. I've been doing nights since I started in June, and I like nights quite a bit. It really jives more with my personality. In the meantime, however, my family time has suffered a lot. My kiddo (2 yo) is really missing me, and my marriage (already really strained) is suffering as well, since my hubby and I work opposite schedules.
I get this call from my boss today ... asking if I could have a little flexibility and get the weekend off in exchange for picking-up Mon and Tues days. Eh, big deal. So I take it. Then she tells me we have a position open on days so if I were interested... I tell her I'll think on it and get back to her. Well, I thought about it ... ran it by my sister (who is like, my second filter of the world after my own eyeballs
), and decided I should jump on it.
SO I DID!
I should be starting days in six weeks or so. My manager took the opportunity to enlist me in some "flexibility" in the upcoming weeks
, but I figure I can handle 6 weeks of flexible scheduling (and ONLY 6 weeks of it) as it will help me get oriented to the shift.
Weird. So, I'm coming back to you diurnal type people soon. I think this will be really good for my family, though. The kid really misses me and my DH and I really need to work on our marriage. A lot.
Wish me luck - I'm a little nervous!!!
Oct 3, '07
I am now working days/pms after 8 months on nights. I am really enjoying getting back to a regular schedule. My husband and I are able to have breakfast together on the weekends and I'm not as tired all the time.
That being said, I was not prepared for the relentless pace of days. It's so busy that I'm running all the time and I feel lucky if I have a chance to go to the bathroom, eat, etc. I am finding that I have to step it up a few notches and really prioritize my time, which is difficult for someone like me who is so detail-oriented to begin with and wants to do everything (and do it perfectly). There have been a few times so far that I've not caught a mistake, missed a detail, etc. Nothing big, but I find that I'm really being hard on myself and sometimes have a hard time sleeping after work. I am hoping that I will adjust to the pace and continue to improve in my nursing practice- after all I am still considered a new grad!
Last edit by ICRN2008 on Oct 3, '07