Nurses who work the day shift

  1. I was wondering if there were any nurses who strictly work the day shift?
    Are all Nurses required to work the graveyard shift?
    I would like to pursue a career in the nursing field, but I cannot handle the graveyard shift (Ive already tried in my previous job)
    Is there hope for me in the nursing field?
    Also, what types of nurses are there?
    Is is possible to work OUTSIDE of the hospital with just a 2yr degree?
    Thanks for any info.
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  2. 21 Comments

  3. by   Magsulfate
    Yes, it is possible to be a nurse and work only day shift. I started out doing days, and went to nights a few years later for the large shift differential. It's all about money Of course, night shift seems to be a little more laid back when it comes to orders, dr visiting, management hovering.. etc... There is still a lot of work to do, but less interuptions.

    Some hospitals might want to place you on night shift, and you may get passed over for a few jobs as a new grad, but you can find a day shift position somewhere, i'm sure of it.
  4. by   NeoNurseTX
    Yes, most places around here don't do rotating shifts.
  5. by   Straydandelion
    With some hospitals it may depend on the floor and needs. I went from day with a rotate night which was like cutting one of your days off to a floor with day occasional rotate evening shift which was much easier.
  6. by   BerryHappy
    You FOR SURE do not have to work the evening shift, nor the night shift if you don't want to...(although you get shift diff $$ if you do!)...and you will easily make over $40k NOT working in a hospital with a 2 year nursing degree...you could end up in a nursing home (my choice), home health, MD office (great hours), school nurse, military, the list goes on and on...I am one of the few who DO NOT want to ever work in a hospital...so yes there is hope for you...GOOD LUCK!
  7. by   Tweety
    We have no rotating shifts.

    It's the luck of the draw. Depending on positions available. Right now my unit has no days shift positions available and new grads are sent to night shift. Most hospitals work 12-hour shifts, so you'd only be working 3 nights if that happens.

    Associate Degreed RNs enjoy a wide variety of job opportunities away from hospitals. Many of those positions such as home health nurses require experience first.

    Bottom line is you might get want you want depending on the market, and if you're flexible and don't care what unit you work, or don't mind working in nursing homes and other areas where shortages for RNs are acute and you could get dayshift.

    But you might also have to "do your time" and just take what's available with the idea of moving to dayshift or away from the hospital after you get experience. In this economy this might have to be what you have to do. Depends on how bad you want to be a nurse.
  8. by   ChristineN
    I work in a hospital that does self scheduling. We are supposed to do rotating shifts, but since we self schedule, there are plenty of nurses that work just nights or just days as long as that's where the need is. I personally have been working mainly days, I try to do a small handful of nights a month, but if I could do only daylight, that would be wonderful!
  9. by   GPatty
    It is possible to work only days, although places may not have an opening right away.
    Keep trying....
  10. by   omgodzilla
    Where is the best place to work if cleaning bodily fluids make you really queasy and uncomfortable?
    Or is this something that any nurse must be able to handle?
  11. by   RN1982
    You'll see bodily fluids in almost every area of nursing. I have found that after years of working in healthcare, I am used to dealing with bodily fluids. No more quesies.
  12. by   April, RN
    Quote from omgodzilla
    Where is the best place to work if cleaning bodily fluids make you really queasy and uncomfortable?
    Or is this something that any nurse must be able to handle?
    Here is a recent thread discussing this.

    Jobs W least amount of needles and blood.
  13. by   truern
    Quote from omgodzilla
    Where is the best place to work if cleaning bodily fluids make you really queasy and uncomfortable?
    Or is this something that any nurse must be able to handle?
    You sure are fixated on bodily fluids and such, aren't you? Honestly, if you can't handle the naturally occuring bodily functions and their products then nursing probably isn't for you.
  14. by   April, RN
    The reality is, as a new nurse it will probably be very difficult to find a job that is straight day shift with no "dirty work".

    Nursing is a 24/7 job. Nurses work weekends, holidays, and undesirable shifts. They deal with bodily fluids and are exposed to diseases. They take care of patients and families at their worst. It's not always a glamourous job. If you truly want to be a nurse though, it's a very rewarding career.

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