Shift Work is Taking a TollRegister Today!
- by joanna73 Aug 11, '12I work much less than I used to when I first started nursing, and still, I find that aside from the week I'm off, I'm always tired. I eat well and exercise, but nothing really helps. I find it takes me 4 days to fully recover from my shifts, but I'm already back at work. I work permanent nights (which I like) and I have 35 shifts in 3 months. I've only been nursing two years, and I'm thinking in another two years, I'll need a desk job. The fatigue isn't worth it.
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- Aug 11, '12 by not.done.yetIf you enjoy bedside nursing, why not try days? Changing to days made a huge difference for me.
- Aug 11, '12 by joanna73Working nights isn't the issue for me. I like nights. The only way I'd be willing to work days is 8 hour shifts, not 12's. I have never slept well at night, and when I used to work days (before nursing), I rarely had enough sleep. Eventually, I'll cut back my hours even more. Either that, or work contract, enabling me to take long stretches of time off if I choose.
- Aug 11, '12 by MJB2010Xoemommy we must have been posting at the same time. Great minds think alike!
- Aug 11, '12 by joanna73I have a 3 month set rotation. I think what's hurting me are the weeks when I work 5 shifts in 7 days, have 2 off, then go back for 5 more. I never feel rested. I think after 6 more months, I need to find something that offers a better rotation. I'm already looking.
- Aug 11, '12 by hey_suzJoanna, I don't do mornings well either. I found 2nd shift (for us, 3pm-midnight) to be the best option. I slept better than on any other shift- got to sleep by 2 or so, and slept very well because I didn't worry about missing my alarm. Also, in winter, you get more daylight. It was much less physically taxing as well. We got a lot of postops back, but we had more CNA help for cares. You do miss a lot of "real life," but for me it worked really well.
- Aug 11, '12 by Fiona59Joanna, I know what you mean. My rotation looks great on paper but when the permanent night person wants time off, I'm the first one they ask to change shifts to give her time off. None of our casuals work nights. I need two full days off after my set of nights to feel human. Working more than three nights is brutal.
I just don't understand the 12 hour shift love. From what I see in my hospital, the young ones love them while they are child free. Bring on families and they all want to come back to 8s after mat leave.
Even new grads are saying they want 8s. 12s really only benefit management, saves them a bundle in benefits by hiring fewer staff.
Face it, they really don't care about working us into the ground until we get sick and then they have to scramble to replace us.