Backstory: Fairly new nurse working in subacute rehab full-time day shift. I have a very large patient load and have been looking for a new job with better ratios and I'm also looking to transition either to acute rehab or acute care hospital.
So, with that being said, I was called today about an interview for an evening shift job I applied for. It's still full-time and the commute will be much longer than I currently have (40 minutes vs. 10-15 minutes). However it's at an acute rehab hospital and I'm pretty excited about the opportunity. They do a lot more acute things that I've never seen at our facility - vents, trachs, in-house dialysis, as well as much more acute rehabilitation.
One of the things I love most about my job is working with rehab patients and seeing them improve and eventually go home. SO I think I would LOVE working in a place like this. I'm concerned about the shift though. Has anyone ever switched from a day shift to an evening or night shift job? How did the transition go and how was your family life affected? When I went into nursing, I expected to work all sorts of crazy hours, but I got lucky with a day shift position for my first job as an RN. Any advice from other nurses?