Question about Nurses Schedules - page 2
Hi all! I am at a crossroads here. I graduated with a bachelors degree a few years ago in business and psychology. I contemplated many times while in college doing nursing but was talked out of it by family/friends (I dont have... Read More
- 0Jun 19, '12 by SarcasticLVNI am a new nurse and just started my first job in March.. I didn't know until a couple weeks ago all of my co-nurses had started out on nights and were shocked I had started out on AM shift.. Anyways it is possible to get a day schedule, but its better to be flexible when applying especially if you are a new grad. I stated on my application I would take any shift, weekends, holidays etc because I wanted to get hired lol. I work 3-11's here and there which I actually dislike a lot, but I do it because its my job and I am thankful for even being hired! As far as the sleep thing I have had insomnia on and off for years now.. I cut out caffiene after 2:00 p.m. and on impossible nights tylenol pm is my best friend
- 0Jun 19, '12 by WillowNMeIf you want to go into nursing, then go into nursing. I would just be open to the possibility of working nights - if that would be an instant "no" for you if you had to work overnights, I would suggest not going into nursing - or being willing to wait for a job (IE: year+) I took overnights because my FTE was higher. There are quite a few new grads that were put on evenings and a few on days.
Not a direct question from you, but I do take sleeping aids to get to sleep on my nights off. I have tried numerous different medications and am currently on Trazodone. Regardless of day/night, I always sleep with the little blinders thing on, have to have it cool and have to have some sort of air flow. You get used to it.
- 0Jun 20, '12 by angel337As you can see by the responses, it really just depends on where you choose to work and it boils down to the needs of the institution. I agree with the poster that said getting through nursing school is enough for now and worry about everything else later. Acute care nursing is a 24/7 job and people get sick on weekends and holidays as well, so I just say be open for anything if you really want to be a nurse. Good luck in your decision
- 0Jun 20, '12 by lulusoccerI will say, I wouldn't get completely discouraged about finding a day position, while they are rare, they DO exist. You may not get your first choice of department..ect..but I would say put in as many applications as possible, and if you are able to move..then your chances of getting a day position are even better. I have never worked nights. I started out as an Nurse Tech on Days, and then when I became a Nurse I work Evenings, which is 2-10. But I don't work nights.
- 0Jun 20, '12 by lulusoccerAlso, if hospital nursing is not your thing (And you want to work days, no holidays), there are usually openenings at a Dr's Office as well. I know the pay is (generally) a little less at the office, but if you want more manageable hours that could be a good option for you. I do agree that being flexible in nursing is a good thing (I work in a hospital, do holidays..ect..) BUT if you know your body and you know doing nights isn't your thing, then there are still options for you.