I am recently graduated RN about to start my first job on a Med-surg floor on the night shift. I have worked evenings before (waitress) and I feel that I am at my most productive in the evening hours. And I am totally fine with working evening and night-time hours, but I am not sure how to adjust my schedule so that I won't be exhausted and have that horrible feeling of not getting enough sleep (like in nursing school!). I want to be sharp during my orientation and not spend the first part of it adjusting to the time change.
A little about my situation: 7pm to 7am shift, 2 nights a week and a third shift from 3pm to 11pm, and some of these hours will undoubtably be weekends. I will start the job in 2 weeks. The commute is less than 30 minutes. I have 2 teen-agers at home.
I'm concerned about sleep! And how do you handle the other 3 or 4 days of the week that you aren't on the schedule? Do you revert back to "regular" hours like the rest of the world? Do you drink alot of coffee in the early morning hours? What time of day do you do your usual activities, like grocery shop, laundry, house-cleaning, parenting?
Thanks for any suggestions and advice you may have for me!