Sleep, what's that??? and first year nursing

  1. Please someone tell me that first year is the most difficult. Please give me hope that second year will bring some relief and that I will see the insides of my eyelids at more appropriate times. Lately I've been coming home and going to bed directly from school. I'm so exhausted. I found it works better for me if I give in to the need for sleep when it comes on (usually in the late afternoon) and wake up in the wee hours to do my homework assignments. I was coming home and hitting the books directly after school/clinical but found I couldn't sleep at night from being over tired or over wound up or something.

    I've heard it gets better during second year. I'm counting on it and so is my body. Anyone else having sleep issues?
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   maire
    I don't know if it necessarily gets "better," but I think you get used to it and tolerate it "better." Your time management skills improve, for sure, and that being said, you might be able to slip in another hour of sleep here and there. I'm still exhausted though, and I graduate (God willing) in December.
  4. by   NICUbabyRN
    Quote from maire
    I don't know if it necessarily gets "better," but I think you get used to it and tolerate it "better." Your time management skills improve, for sure, and that being said, you might be able to slip in another hour of sleep here and there. I'm still exhausted though, and I graduate (God willing) in December.
    I think maire said it perfectly. You will do fine. I also know that I was more nervous my first year in clinicals. For this reason on those days I was especially tired. It sucked the life out of me. As a became comfortable in the role I found I was not so tired.
  5. by   Carolanne
    I agree, the clinicals especially can be emotionally and physically exhausting. Everything is fairly new to you, it's a lot of adjustment. But yes, now that you know what to expect, in the second year you can plan ahead on budgeting your time and energy.
  6. by   Jen2
    Look under my signature line. I put it there the first week of the fall semester when I began my program.
  7. by   JenRN_2B
    I'm in the same boat. I'm actually getting pretty good at getting through a day with less than 5 hours of sleep. I just keep reminding myself that I only have 1 year left and in 2005 I have scheduled a nap :chuckle
  8. by   shortsteph12
    pretty tired myself, along with nursing school I have kids like alot of other people on this site. I was wondering why I was so exhausted after clinical on Friday when I get home I just want to sleep although unfortunately the babysitter is always just getting the baby up. She puts her to sleep about 1100 and I arrive about 200 pm oh well I was hoping to hear that next year will get better Hope to graduate May 2005
  9. by   sun_chica
    There is no sleeping when going to nursing school..tee-hee! I grad in May '04, I've worked in an ER for the past year- great experience. My advise, after your 1st semester you're the same as a nurses aid. Get a pt job in the hospital setting & get experience. now I go to clinicals & I feel totally relaxed and comfortable. The skills are new, but the setting is the same. Good luck, stick with it!!!
  10. by   NICUbabyRN
    Quote from shortsteph12
    pretty tired myself, along with nursing school I have kids like alot of other people on this site. I was wondering why I was so exhausted after clinical on Friday when I get home I just want to sleep although unfortunately the babysitter is always just getting the baby up. She puts her to sleep about 1100 and I arrive about 200 pm oh well I was hoping to hear that next year will get better Hope to graduate May 2005
    One suggestion I can think of about the baby is maybe changing the baby's nap time or put him/her down late that day. Maybe you could sneak in a nap that day:zzzzz . Food for thought. Remember there is an end in sight.
  11. by   nekhismom
    I can completely relate! My best friend NEVER slept on Thursday nights during Med/surg I and I usually fell out around 3 a.m. on thursday nights. The reason we were awake? Careplans were due at 0800, not a minute after, and they better be PERFECT! LOL. Oh, and let's not forget that we had psych nursing on fridays after being up all night the previous night, and we had a test every other week. Guess what subject I remember the LEAST from nursing school? :chuckle

    It did get better for us. THird semester was ob & peds, and the careplans were much shorter and easier. Med/surg II was also a LOT easier. That made sleep a lot more common. THe first year was DEFINATELY the worst for me. Going without sleep can be really hard, but eventually it will get better. I used to come home and take a nap, then wake up and pick my son up from daycare. I would study late at night or early in the morning. That worked wonders for my sleep deprived self!
  12. by   RN-BamaStudent
    Got 3 hours of sleep last night, and with more clinicals comes more med sheets, care plans..., on top of studying for tests! Stress on the mind and body gets to be too much sometimes! I just worry that the nightmare won't end come graduation! :uhoh21:
  13. by   nekhismom
    rn-bama,

    Oh, trust me, the first few weeks after graduation you will be sitting around going, "i need to study. what test do i have now?" And when you're up at 0300 thinking about careplanning, etc, you will suddently realize that you DON"T have to do that anymore, and your body will THANK YOU for the rest!
  14. by   Altra
    Monday - Wednesday kind of runs into one big long day for me now. On Monday between 4-8pm I have to go to the hospital to get my assignment for the next day - I spend about 90 min. reading the chart & meeting my patient if I can. I spend about another 2-3 hours at home prepping. And yes, I have a family so the family routine doesn't stop on Monday nights just because I have clinical the next day! :chuckle On Tuesdays I get up at 5:00 to be at clinical by 6:45. I've been getting home around 3:30, getting my daughter off of the school bus and then crashing for about an hour. Family routine continues ... written clinical assignment starts to loom over me ... and just when I get that done it's ... OMG, I have reading to do for Thursday! From Monday to Thursday I get a total of about 15 hours of sleep.

    <sigh>

    Didn't someone say they have scheduled an official nap time in 2005?? Same here!

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