Start 12 hour Night shift tonight

  1. Tonight will be my first 12 hour night shift at my new job (LTC). Napped alittle around 2pm. I have two more orientation nights, then I'll be on my own. Not sure how my body will like this shift, we shall see! My schedule is wacky, orientation tonight, two nights off, then one more night of orientation, then two nights off, then my regular schedule starts of two on two off, and I'm on my own.

    Pray all goes well. I'm alittle nervous, but I have done night shift before, just never 12 hour ones. UGH! :uhoh21:
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   Tweety
    Good luck to you. I did 12-hour nights for a few years. Long hard nights on the old body.
  4. by   eevie3940
    hello!

    i absolutely loved night shift. days are crazy. nights can be crazy too but with structure. you'll get your routine down. from start of shift until about 1 am you'll be busy. quiet time for about 2 1/2 to 3 hours then about 4:30, you'll start picking up again. some nights were tough to stay awake, thats when i got addicted to mt. dew and popcorn. of course, all my time on nights were in acute care, so the routine may be different, but you'll find your way. good luck and have fun!
  5. by   traumamomtx
    You will do fine. I've been doing nights since 1998. The two things that keep me going are staying busy and the staff I work with. If the staff is friendly, talkative, and busy it help sssooooo much!
  6. by   nuangel1
    you will do fine i worked 7p -7a for 6 yrs .you'll find a system that works for you and fall into a routine.
  7. by   oneLoneNurse
    Good luck with it. The twelves are great. I work 2 then 1 off then 3 then 2 off then 1 then 5 off.

    If I want 8 days off q2weeks I just ask for that 1 off. With 4 weeks of vacation I can get 8 days off almost every 2 weeks.
  8. by   NurseCard
    *sigh* I miss my twelve hour shifts. I miss being able to sometimes arrange my schedule to have several nights off in a row if I wanted to, without actually having to take any vacation time. Now I work eight hour shifts, nights. I have a much less stressful job both mentally and physically, so I guess it's a trade off.
  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    So, how did it go?????
  10. by   HannasMom
    Well, the shift went okay. It went faster than I thought it would. We were busy all shift, from 6pm to 6:30am. I didn't sleep well the first day off, then slept really well last night. It will be awhile before I adjust. Plus right now, my Mom isn't doing well physically, she is in a rehab unit in Salem, so on one of my days off, we drive the 45 miles to Salem to see her. Plus we are selling the house, so we have at least one showing each day.

    I'll let you know how it goes tomorrow, one more orientation night and I plan to do everything, so I'll be ready to work on my own on Friday. I have two CNA's on the night shift who don't like each other, so on their down time periods they sit in opposite sides of the facility. Odd behavior.
    LTC can be interesting!
  11. by   SillyLilly
    [Good luck with it. The twelves are great. I work 2 then 1 off then 3 then 2 off then 1 then 5 off.

    If I want 8 days off q2weeks I just ask for that 1 off. With 4 weeks of vacation I can get 8 days off almost every 2 weeks.]

    That is EXACTLY what I want. I applied to 6 different places in the past few days. I cannnnot imagine working 5 days a week, every week, alll year long. No way.

    This is one of the perks of nursing.

    Good luck to you Hannas Mom and let us know how it goes. You will get to know if you like it over time.
  12. by   meownsmile
    I love 12 hour shifts,, but i dont necissarily like nights. Mainly because i have trouble adjusting my sleep schedule so i actually get enough. If you are working a straight shift though it might be better. Good luck, i hope you enjoy your new job.

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