Hi! I have a question for anyone who works night shift? I just got a new job in the NICU as a neonatal care tech. For those who don't know me since I usually post on the student nurse board. I am currently in a BSN program and I now officially made it to my senior year so I will be graduating May 17th,2003. I have been told if I do a good job as a care tech I would be made an offer as a RN in the NICU if I am interested at graduation. It is a level II. Well, It is going to be working nights and I have never worked a night shift a day in my life.
So my question is, should I start preparing meaning should I start sleeping during the day now and staying awaked during the night or how should I do this. I start orientation on May 20th. The nurse manager will have me work a couple of day shifts just so I am there when she is there and then after that I will go to nights. It will be varying 8's and 12's. I just want to know if there is any way to prepare that way I will not fall asleep while I am at work.