Night Shift Lovers Anyone? - page 2

I am interested in working night shifts, but am not sure I can cut it. How did you discover that you were a night person? Are there any chances in nursing school to test my theory that I like the... Read More

  1. by   fnimat1
    Hi,
    I've also been thinking about working nights once I graduate nursing school. Mainly because by then my 2 oldest children...will be 11 and 9(very close to that pre-teen age) and they will definitely need me to be around after school, etc. I'll definitely see how things work out...but this is definitely mypreference....oh...will 7 to 3p.m....being a close second.


    Fatima
  2. by   giggles66
    I have to say that I prefere nights. I have worked on all three shifts when I was working as a nurses aid. I plan on returning to work as a CNA on the weekends either; working nights or if I can a split shift while I take classes during the week. I do not really like second shift because of having to go to work in the middle of the afternoon. First shift is ok, I would work on it again if I had to.

    carmen
    Last edit by giggles66 on May 15, '03
  3. by   kimmicoobug
    Here, just about all new grads work nights. It can take years to make your way up the totem pole to days. I have just accepted it, and am cool with it. I would prefer to work nights anyways, just because the unit I will be working on is slower.
  4. by   GPatty
    I was called yesterday and asked if I wanted 7a-7p. I had originally accepted, then I thought about it last night when I was at work. Why do I want to work with all the carrying on and hub-bub of the day? I like my nights, getting treatments done with care, having time to sit and comfort a frightened patient and/or actually lookung at my patients BEFORE charting on them (yes, I have seen a nurse chart on a patient before even looking at them for the day...sad, isn't it?).
    I declined the position. It just isn't for me. And I still have time to enjoy my days, since I am up till 12 noon to get my grandson on the bus (he's in Kindergarten).
    Best of luck to you...you'll find your niche...
    Julie
  5. by   shunda
    I currently work night shift and I love it. You do not have to deal with all of the big wigs and you make a whole lot more money with less stress. Just depending on your schedule we sometimes have 6 day stretches until we are off now that is pretty rough but like everyone else has said "the sleeping until the evening when everything is closed is rough" I have 3 boys and my husband works evenings so therefore, I sleep until the boys get home from school and then I get up and help them with their homework, feed them, bathe them, and spend a little quality time.etc... I am a nursing student and I work at a behavioral medicine facility for youth...so nights are a real good time to study. It just depends on your tolerance. I can get a lot done at night because everyone is sleep and it is quiet and I can concentrate. Just keep this in mind though...you are going to have to get your rest...don't do like some of my friends and try to do everything during the day and then get 2 hours of sleep that is murder!!! LOL!! Try it out it will not take long for you to figure out whether you can handle it or not......some people's bodies have a hard time adjusting to third shift....key is no matter what shift you work you have to get the proper rest!!!!! Let us know what you decided!!!!! Continue to Be Blessed!

    Shunda
  6. by   NurseDixie
    I worked night shift (11pm-7am) as a nursing assistant for 15 years. I was single, no kids, it just worked out better for me. I could work, come home in the morning, sleep a few hours and if I had something to do(shopping, appts.,etc) I could do my stuff and get back in time to catch a few more zzz's before going to work. Sometimes I would stay up and go to bed around 4pm and sleep til 10pm. It worked for me.I graduate in December, I'd love to work nights , but I'm married now and my husband doesn't like that idea.LOL:kiss
  7. by   missionnurse
    I know I will love working nights because like so many here have said, I am always up late, love nights, and absolutely hate mornings!

    I was able to do my precepting at night during school to get a grasp of what nights are like. Maybe that would be a possibility for you?

    I got hired straight out of school to work nights, and several of my friends did as well. It will work if you can do it, not if your teacher says you can or can't!!!

    Also, many nurse managers will allow you to do some of your orientation on the floor during the day and some during the night to help you decide which shift you want. Just be honest during your interviews and ask each manager you meet!

    Go For It!!

    Misty
  8. by   obeyacts2
    I prefer the night shift......but I will say to be good at night shift you must be a night owl type.........I get a big burst of energy around 10pm...the time I get dressed to be at work at 11. I have tried days for a few years and never did get used to it........I hate day shifts.. One negative point about nighhts.....while you do work more independently,,,,if something bad happens, like the pt suddenly takes a turn for the worse......or dies it will probably be on your shift.


    Laura
  9. by   jude11142
    i work weekday baylor shift which is 3pm until 7am twice a week(32 hrs, paid for 40). i enjoy working nights, evenings i really don't care for. i took this shift because number 1, i am not a morning person, and 2nd, my only alternative would be to work 5 days the 3pm-11pm shift. it's working out alright. right now, there is an opening for the 11pm-7am shift(40 hrs), including every other weekend. the thing is i think that i would miss my bed,lol, for 5 nights??? my children are grown though still at home and my husband is retired, so it's not a problem with them what shift i work.
    also, on the night shift you don't have all hoop-la that goes on, on the day shift. but, you also don't have the help that is available on days either. many go onto nights thinking that is "an easy shift".........not....lol. it is also the time that all he** breaks loose. for me, i have found that after i get home in the morning and wind down, i sleep until approx 1-2pm. that seems to be enough for me, but then again, it's only for those 2 nights i work. i also have time to work extra shifts if ichoose to, so sometimes i will pick up another shift. if you are not a morning person, nights is the shift for ya.
  10. by   vamedic4
    Quote from PlanetCaroline
    I am interested in working night shifts, but am not sure I can cut it. How did you discover that you were a night person? Are there any chances in nursing school to test my theory that I like the graveyard shift.

    Can volunteer for a few night shifts at a hospital and see how I feel? Just thinking ahead... Staying up all night reading a good book or talking to a friend or dancing does not seem to be an adequate test my night shift tolerance.

    Any ideas would help.

    --Caroline :zzzzz
    Best bet...try to work a few nights at a hospital...I don't think they let volunteers do the night thing.

    I love the night shift. I worked days for about a year and a half before coming to nights (10 years ago), and there are definite benefits. For example - I work 3 nights a week, I'm off all day on my "days" off, I get paid extra differential for nights and weekends. I have little ones at home so I'm home to take them to school and I'm there when they get home so we can all go out and do things.

    Hope you find whatever works for you.

    John
    vamedic4@yahoo.com
    Paramedic/ Nursing Student
  11. by   LoriAlabamaRN
    I would check around at the local hospitals and ask if you can volunteer for a night shift. You might have to explain why, but I can't see it being a problem. Perhaps you could meet with a nighttime charge nuruse and ask if she could help get you permission to observe overnight if volunteers aren't usually allowed on the graveyard shift. That way you can get a feel for it, see if it is where you belong. I wouldn't have it any other way- I love nights.
  12. by   HappyJaxRN
    Quote from PlanetCaroline
    I am interested in working night shifts, but am not sure I can cut it. How did you discover that you were a night person? Are there any chances in nursing school to test my theory that I like the graveyard shift.

    Can volunteer for a few night shifts at a hospital and see how I feel? Just thinking ahead... Staying up all night reading a good book or talking to a friend or dancing does not seem to be an adequate test my night shift tolerance.

    Any ideas would help.

    --Caroline :zzzzz
    Well, I was born at night. Not sure if there is really any correlation there. I have ALWAYS been a night person...as far back as I can remember...I was the kid that would not go to bed after mom and dad coming into the room several times...and then I would sleep all monring. As a teenager, I remember in the summers, working late at night or staying up super late. In my 20's, I always took the evening shifts and felt like my brain functioned better at 1pm. When I was in college (other than nursing school), my classes were at night. So it's natural for me.

    You may be able to get hired for days and switch to nights if your facility has any openings....or vice versa....
  13. by   TrickieTam
    I prefer nights myself. Never been much of a morning person, when I used to work first shift at the hospital I would get written up so much for being late. My supervisor suggested to me that I might be a person who would work best for nights. No lie, I worked a few nights for a friend after that and was hooked, changed my shift the following weeks when a position was opened. I can stay up pretty well all night with no problems, but once day hits I'm like a vampire searching for a place to sleep. I currently work now on nights as a Private Home Aide, but once schools done that's the only shift I'll be on.

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