Quote from Sassybottom
I am considering reducing my night shift hour commitment by about half and using my free time to pick up more day shift hours. Working days feels more natural to me - I just feel healthier and less ragged.
Why I am feeling apprehensive about this change:
I truly love the staff on night shift - my charge is amazing and is always so very patient with me - she never blows me off and will take the time to teach me new things whenever I approach her with a question - something that is so extremely valuable for an inexperienced nurse like myself. I also have a lot of co-workers that i adore and admire very much.
On night shift, I (sometimes) have more time to think about my patients, look up unfamiliar diagnoses and medications. My work is also more complete and feels less hurried.
I am a new nurse who often needs the guidance and advice of strong experienced nurses. There are some day nurses I feel comfortable approaching but they are often very busy and stressed themselves and don't have much time for me. I will have at least 5 questions each shift ... as I gain more experience, pt. assignments will be more complex ... I worry about who I can turn to when this happens if I were to work days
I am worried about rocking the boat by asking my manager to approve this change
I am worried that if I give up my hours, I won't have the opportunity to pick up shifts
A lot of the nurses and support staff on night shift are just so warm and inviting and really do make me feel comfortable in my environment - something that is hard for a shy introverted person like me. The staff on days seems a little more detached because everyone is just so busy.
Sorry, so long but what would you do?
I am torn ... part of me feels like I should go for it - someone told me the time is right to ask for a reduction in hours (we currently have a lot of new staff) part of me is feeling hesitant and feels I should wait.
Ahhhh.....Saasybottom.....I would stay on nights.....been doing ICU/ER/SCTU nights for 14 years and its the only way to go. Hate to say it...but ...did you notice how grumpy the day shift is ? Its not there fault.....here is why:
1) They have to give all the meals....we do the snack....
2) They have to deal with most of the doctors on days and all the orders
4) They have to deal with all the families coming in and out all day
5) They have to take the patients down to do all the tests and accompany them(ICU patients)
6) The other day shift nurse...says dont worry...I'll cover your other patient or patients while you are down there....yea right....hehe
7)The have to deal with JCAHO visits...I have never seen them come on nights....hehe
8) They have to deal with not only local management...but all the rest of the hospital suits all day.
9) They have to deal with a lot on days that we dont have to do on nights.
I have a thing called, light therapy at night....the lights go down and the calmness permiates the air. I would never...never...do days...even if I could live 5 years longer by getting better sleep.