I just recently switched from working 40 hour straight PM shifts for the past six months. I am now working WE program, Sat/Sun 7:00-7:30am and am suffering terribly. One of the problems is that I am unable to take a nap before working Sat. By the time 4am rolls around I literally feel sick to my stomach. I get home around 8am go straight to sleep and wake up generally around 3pm only to be back at work Sun at 7pm. I realize that it takes time to adjust but my question is since I am only doing two nights/week and picking up one PM shift middle of the week will I ever really adjust to the new schedule or will it feel like this forever?
I am an "older" first time nurse, never was able to say up past 10pm for the past 25 years and even PM's was stretching it at first. I switched to NOC weekend program for two reasons, one so that I would actually get to see and spend some time with my husband and secondly, 40 hours working sometimes 4-5 days in a row was beating me down. In addition I did have to work every other weekend for the most part. There seemed to be absolutely no time to get anything done with that schedule. I'm just concerned with feeling so sick towards the end of my 12 hr. shift.
I guess I just wanted some feedback as to if it gets better even though it is not daily NOC's. If I knew it would improve, I think I wouldn't feel so stressed and anxious about it right now. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.