Depressed night shift worker

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    Hi everyone...

    I just started a new job about 2 months ago, a much needed change. Even though it's not a dream job by far, it is better than my last job...except it's still 3 12s a week and I'm still mostly working nights. I worked nights 6 months straight at my last job (my first nursing job) and at first I loved it, then it got to the point where I was sleeping all day even on my days off and now I'm back to that cycle. I have some health problems and I can't function on 3 or 4 hours of sleep like everyone else I work with it seems. The 12 hour shifts (which I also worked for 2 years as an aid) are too long for me too. I've been going to bed at 10 am (I get home around 8, but need a long time to wind down) and not getting up until 6 pm. I guess I'm TOO adapted to night shift. If I try to set an alarm and get up earlier I'm exhausted and just sit around all day. The position I accepted is rotating shifts and being the new person I pretty much have to take what they give me. I'm just so frustrated with it I don't know what to do. I only have 1 1/2 years of nursing experience and couldn't find another type of job (I looked for four months, got laughed out of some interviews, and only hospitals were seriously interested in me). I don't know how I'm going to make it until I get more experience and don't have to work 3 12s and night shifts. My health has gotten so much worse since I started this and I don't know what to do. Probably not much anyone can suggest except "get more experience", right?
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    Any chance of talking to the NM about preferring evenings or nights? I think they'd jump at it.
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    I don't prefer nights, I want days. That was the whole point of the post. There are only 12 hour shifts.
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    Depending on your unit, you may be able to land a dayshift position soon. In some places, there is a line of people wanting days. But in some of them, it isn't so hard. I don't know if you could be able to land a 8 hour shift position in your unit, you can look into this and ask your manager.

    However, if there is only 12 hour shifts, and it is affecting your health that bad, then it's time to look for a new job where 8 hr shift is the case. This is probably going to burn bridges, and put you on their "do not rehire" list. Next time, don't accept and train for a 12 hour position of you will want to change it after 2 months. Not something employers like.
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    That stinks.

    I know you have to worry about bills and such, and this isn't exactly the greatest job market right now.

    But it doesn't sound like you can keep going like you are.

    What about working only 1 or 2 nights in a row? Sometimes that's easier physically. Maybe that could help you along til you found something better.

    Good luck.
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    I know it sounds dumb I took this job, but I had to leave my last job (long story but it was just one of those toxic unsafe places to work) and this was all I could find. I thought I'd be working more days but here I am stuck on nights. No one wants to hire someone with little experience, especially jobs with nice hours that everyone wants so I'm stuck with this. I was hoping I'd be able to hold up better being away from my last job. I actually do only work one or two days in a row but I still feel awful.
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    Quote from LithEruiel
    I don't prefer nights, I want days. That was the whole point of the post. There are only 12 hour shifts.
    Sorry, misread that the first time. Zombied out after 12 hour night shift.
    VivaLasViejas and Tait like this.
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    i sleep from 10 to 6 many times . if it was 10pm to 6 am thatt would make me so productive. it sucks but it is the reality of nights and why so many people dislike it. it does affect your health and social life. no advice . what i do is if possible ask to have my days off in a row so i have a hope of maybe falling asleep earlier and getting up earlier
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    Thanks! At least I know there's someone else like me. :-)
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    Quote from Seas
    Depending on your unit, you may be able to land a dayshift position soon. In some places, there is a line of people wanting days. But in some of them, it isn't so hard. I don't know if you could be able to land a 8 hour shift position in your unit, you can look into this and ask your manager.

    However, if there is only 12 hour shifts, and it is affecting your health that bad, then it's time to look for a new job where 8 hr shift is the case. This is probably going to burn bridges, and put you on their "do not rehire" list. Next time, don't accept and train for a 12 hour position of you will want to change it after 2 months. Not something employers like.
    Yikes. I feel like I've just been slapped in the face, and it's not even MY post.

    Other than that, twelve hour night shifts are hell. About 0100, I started to get dizzy, weak, and wanted to just die, and couldn't BELIEVE I had 6, 8 (of course -the more burned out and exhausted you are, the later your relief nurse decides to show up in the morning) hours more to go, every day. Night shift itself is bad enough on your health. And twice I almost crashed riving home in the morning- that's what did it for me.
    VivaLasViejas and LithEruiel like this.


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