Never Thought I'd Say This - Switching to DAYS!

  1. Whacky.

    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!!!
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   dekatn
    Good luck to you, hope it all works out for you. I understand your rationale, I worked nocs the entire time my kids were small, it was rough. Now, after all these years, I don't know if I could survive days!!!! I would have jumped at the chance back then.
  4. by   SarasotaRN2b
    Best of luck! Your family should come first. Also, I think the benefit is that you will actually get 4 days off during the week. I like nights, but I have found that the first day off is pretty much a wash. I'm so tired that I'm not able to stay up throughout the day and then go to sleep at night like everyone else. You'll actually have 4 full days off.
  5. by   NursingAgainstdaOdds
    Quote from SarasotaRN2b
    Best of luck! Your family should come first. Also, I think the benefit is that you will actually get 4 days off during the week. I like nights, but I have found that the first day off is pretty much a wash. I'm so tired that I'm not able to stay up throughout the day and then go to sleep at night like everyone else. You'll actually have 4 full days off.
    OOH! I hadn't thought of that aspect ... just that I will really enjoy that when I get off I can do stuff. Go out for a drink with the gals ... do a little laundry ... hang-out with the fam. But yeah - it really bothers me to "only" have 2 days off in between noc runs, because of the reason you mentioned. YAY!
  6. by   ICRN2008
    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
  7. by   NursingAgainstdaOdds
    Quote from BSNDec06
    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!
    I am pretty concerned about the pace - though I did pretty well when I oriented on days during my preceptorship. I am concerned that there are some things I'll miss, just because I'm not used to days and the routine is different. At the same time, I plan on talking to some day nurses and my unit manager before I really get started on days, so that at least I have some idea of what I need to look out for in terms of my change in routine.
  8. by   ParrotHeadRN
    I, too, am going to days THIS WEEK after YEARS of nights. I'm also switching to a new unit as well, so I've got lots of changes coming up. PLUS I've been doing ED for a year and this is a stepdown unit. I wonder about the pace as well and how I'm going to handle it. But days will work for my life a lot better than nights right now. That's one thing I love about nursing, the flexibility!
  9. by   wooh
    A few months ago I switched to days from nights. I'm really more of a night shift gal. I'm definitely NOT a morning person! And I like the autonomy and comraderie of nights, not to mention the lack of big wigs on the floors! And during the day I feel more like a dispatcher than a nurse a lot of the time. But I like having a life better than all that. And even though my husband works nights, it was totally off from my night schedule, so I actually see him more NOW that I work days.
    I do still fill in for the occasional night shift. And I have to repeatedly tell myself that I like working days when I do it! But it's really worked out better for me on days.
  10. by   Tweety
    I never thought I switch to days either and I worked nights for 13 years. I was more than a little nervous about. A coworker even told me "we didn't think you'd make it on days".

    Never say I never. I said I'd never work days, never get off 12-hour shifts, and never be a charge nurse again.

    I'm the day shift charge nurse working 5 8-hour shifts a week, and loving it.

    Good luck!
  11. by   KarryRN
    I switched to days a little over a month ago, and I'm really liking it. The pace is faster, but it makes the day go by quick. I also like the fact that I am getting much more sleep and am on a normal schedule again. Good luck with the switch.
  12. by   teeituptom
    Never thought I would go to days either, compromised, working 1200 to 2400
  13. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Welcome to "normal life" ....after nearly 10 years on night shift, I am so dang glad to be on days!!!!! No looking back here.
  14. by   Sassybottom
    I am jealous. I would love to work days. Working nights has been so hard on my body and absolutely terrible for my waistline.

    My house is a disaster area and I haven't cooked a meal in a long time. Something needs to give or I am going to break down.

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