Night Shift For Newbies - page 4

most of us don't get much choice over whether or not we work nights, although we might get a choice about when. we also get a choice about how we handle our night rotations. there are plusses and... Read More

  1. Visit  Old and New} profile page
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    I work 12 hour night shifts and I also live in a place that has no night life so I switch back during my days off. What I do is sleep about 6 hours on my first day off, then get up and spend the evening with family/friends. Then I go to bed at the regular time and get up at the regular time. On the last day, I get up for a few hours in the morning, then get about 4/5 hours nap before I go back to work. Black out curtains, a TV or a fan and some family and friend training are necessary, but this works pretty well for me. When I need to sleep and don't want to, I use Rapid Sleep PM, which is a combination of valerian root and melatonin sold at Walgreens (among other places). It works very quickly, and leaves no hangover. Good luck working the night shift. Remember, the bonuses for working that shift are: 1) no politics or bigwigs, 2) better pay and 3) a little downtime here and there.
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  3. Visit  RoxanneBB} profile page
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    Thank you so much for your article. And to those who posted their experiences/ideas. I am starting the nursing program in the Spring and I am thinking into the future. I can taste it. I can't wait to be a nurse.
    After reading your article I think I have already decided I will want to work night shift. I am a night owl and even if I have to wake up really early, I cannot get to bed earlier than 2-3 AM. So, I think night shift will be great. When I was younger I used to bartend and I loved going home to bed when everyone was just waking up to go to their morning shifts. I also have a daughter who will be in school by the time I start working, so it will be great to be able to fix breakfast for her and get her ready for school before I go to bed and then be able to have dinner with the family. Yaaayyyy. I can't wait.
  4. Visit  thekidisback} profile page
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    i just passed my boards and have a night position (7p-7a) on hold for me at the hospital i currently work at. the two days before i actually start orienting on nights, what should i do? the night before should I stay up as late as possible then sleep during the day (10a-5p) before going into work??

    how many hours of sleep during the day time do u guys recommend before going into work?
  5. Visit  nursemelyn} profile page
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    Quote from thekidisback
    i just passed my boards and have a night position (7p-7a) on hold for me at the hospital i currently work at. the two days before i actually start orienting on nights, what should i do? the night before should I stay up as late as possible then sleep during the day (10a-5p) before going into work??

    how many hours of sleep during the day time do u guys recommend before going into work?
    The night before I work I go to sleep at a normal time (like 2300 or 2330) and then sleep in as late as I can the day I work. Then the whole day that I work, I just stay up and sleep when I get home. It is pulling a whole 24 hours sometimes, but I'm able to get a lot more done this way than if I stayed up late. I used to work nights every weekend during nursing school and would stay up, but it wore me out!
  6. Visit  onepowerfullady} profile page
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    Im almost sure I have to hit nights! Thanks for sharing!
  7. Visit  pitaya} profile page
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    Nights are GREAT! More money, less craziness. What more could I ask for? For me, somehow waking up at 5 pm is not half as bad as waking up at 5 am! I could never be to work early on a day shift, but coming in early on a night shift is no problemo even though I sleep less.
  8. Visit  HeartsOpenWide} profile page
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    I was just offered a new job on a night shift position. The job pays 12 more an hour; which should be a big incentive...but I did really poorly on night shift when I first worked as a nurse. I only lasted 9 months. Fortunately a day shift opened because I was on the verge of disability. The differences area that when I worked night shift I worked 8hrs instead of 12s; so more nights spend on night shift...I was depressed because I never got to see my friends, family, or the sun (because where I live the weather is really cloudy/foggy). This new place that is offering me a job is union and it can be years before a day shift opens. I am trying to tell myself I can do it this time because this job would be 12hrs/3days a week instead of 8hrs/five days a week; and its in a different area of the state where it is sunny all the time (which I am still deciding if this is good or bad....good because I will have the change to see the sun on my day off, or bad because its harder to sleep with the sun out). I am running out of time on having to give them my decision and I am super scared! I love my job now, but this one is in a much more affordable area to live, pay is way better, weather is better, and my husband really wants to move (although he wont be able to come with me full time right away because he has his own business he will have to try and transfer). I wish I could wave a magic wand that would tell me the right thing to do
  9. Visit  DeLana_RN} profile page
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    I returned to night shift after trying it unsuccessfully years ago (lasted about 5 months), and it was 12 hour shifts just like I'm doing now. Back then, however, my schedule was far worse - on/off, with mandatory overtime/"call" shifts - so I thought it would be better now. As I found out, it is not. But this may be because I have young children now, which I did not in my previous job.

    That said, you're not me (or anyone else who may reply). If I had no kids, and could sleep when I wanted, I think this could work quite well (as it is, I have put in for day shift, which will take a while). I only get $2/hr more for nights, ridiculous I know, but typical in a non-union facility/state. $12/hour - I think I would put up with anything (well, not quite )

    Of course, no one can make this decision for you, but I think you have some good reasons to give it a try. All the best to you!
  10. Visit  HeartsOpenWide} profile page
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    Thanks for your reply. I don't have any kids yet, but we are trying...
  11. Visit  LJ85} profile page
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    Quote from SAHMStudent
    Thanks for all the tips. I am scared about the drive home more than anything else. I have an hour commute, and am freaked out about the driving. Does anyone take a quick nap in the car before driving home, or does the sleepy feeling hit halfway through your commute?
    3 words: 5 hour energy
    For real. I was never one for much caffeine or jittery stuff but it works
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  12. Visit  GitanoRN} profile page
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    Quote from lj85
    3 words: 5 hour energy
    for real. i was never one for much caffeine or jittery stuff but it works
    the 5 hour energy works, however, don't drink more than it's recommended or you'll end up in a mess
  13. Visit  happyinillinois} profile page
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    Hate the night shift! Not worth it for me. You miss everything going on because the rest of the world is off when you are sleeping/working. I always felt tired, no matter how much sleep I got. Less staff on nights, and when someone called off they often weren't replaced so we were always running short. Staff is mostly new grads. Didn't feel safe to me. Manangement didn't respect nights, always had meetings in the midle of the day or education days at 8AM-4PM. Always forgot about the night staff when vendors would drop off stuff, (they even forgot about nights the first night of Nurses week when the whole hospital was offered cookies.) That tells you how much the respect you. The only good thing is that nights usually work well as a team. Add up the shift differental and see if the extra $2-5K is really worth it.
  14. Visit  GitanoRN} profile page
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    as i stated previously on this subject, i don't hate the night shift however, i bow to all the night shift staff around the world, for the simple reason that my body wouldn't or couldn't for whatever the reason subject myself to stay up the entire shift :zzzzz therefore, i switch to days...as i bow :bowingpur to all of my colleagues on the night shift.....aloha~
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