Hello to my fellow nursing students! I am graduating in May and will be starting my final capstone of 96 hours next week in L&D! While I am so excited to be doing hours in the area where my heart is at, I am a bit nervous because it is on nights. I have yet to do a night shift in nursing school and am just wondering if those of you who have done nights can give me some advice on how to prepare for a shift? I am not a night owl so this worries me a bit. I also feel that I can't function properly if I am tired and groggy. I'm scared that it's going to be harder to survive a night shift since I still have school to worry about. Will my sleeping pattern get really messed up to the point where I can't study properly? I am also worried about eating...I don't want to gain a ton of weight by eating during the day prior to my shift and then eating all night long. What do you suggest I do for eating? Do I eat normally during the day and just have snacks throughout the night? Do I eat a large meal during the night and no snacks? Do I stay up late the night before a shift so that I can sleep during the day to prepare? :zzzzz
Obviously, I'm a little nervous about this, so any help and advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much! I hope that everyone is surviving whatever part of nursing school they may be in!