Day shift or night shift - Which do you prefer? Why? - page 2

There are pros and cons to choosing a preferred nursing shift. But what is right? I mean - if you haven't tried it how will you know. What is your current working shift? Do you like it? What are the pros and cons of... Read More

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    Every shift has its pros and cons. I am not a nurse yet, (graduate in APRIL!!!) but I have worked night shift/day shift as a pharm tech and personally prefer night shifts.

    I do not have any kids, I am a night person and I get some of the best sleep when I sleep during they day.

    When I worked day shift, I did not get the best sleep. I woke up a few times a night and never felt like I had enough.

    The best way to find out what you like is to try them out for yourself. HOWEVER the thing with night shift is you have to do it for a few weeks/months before you can make a judgment. You need that time to get your body acclimated to the shift.

    Most people have their own personal bias against whichever shift. Some people say NIGHTS ARE HORRIBLE, and some people say I HATE THE DAY SHIFT PEOPLE. I like everyone and people have stress on whichever shift. No one is more important than the other.

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    night shift.

    *no docs
    *no family
    *no mgmt
    *no problem
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    Nights is the life! Especially when you're young and single w/o kids.

    7p-7a and I love it
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    When I first started my job I oriented on days and then a bit on nights (3-11). I work full time 630am-3pm but would work like 2 pms out of the month and HATED it! I'd dread going in.. A lot of it had to do with the way things were run.. More kick back and slow paced. I am a morning person, LOVE the following about am- administrator nurses/don because there is always someone if I need help, family- I like introducing myself so they know who is taking care of their loved ones, it goes by so quick and I'm a on the go kind of person.. And lastly I'm a lazy bum at night and like my butt parked on the couch watching tv lol. Everyone is different though plus my facility does pay more for pm or noc.
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    I work a weekend of nights and a weekend of days. I like the staff on both shifts, and because it is the weekend the suits aren't around. It's possible to have crappy days as well as crappy nights, so on that things are equal. I stay just as busy on one as on the other, it's just a different type of busy. My body much prefers days to nights, though. Coming home tired on days just does not hold a candle to the sheer mind-numbing exhaustion of coming home tired after 12 hours of nights.
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    I definitely prefer working nights. I'm a pretty extreme night owl already: left to my own devices, I get tired around 0200 and wake up around 1000. So staying awake all night isn't particularly difficult. This schedule works really well with my family, as well. I go to work after my sons go to bed and am back in time to take them to school in the morning. Then I sleep during the day and am up in time to pick them up from school. On my "off" nights I make sure to stay up late so I'm not entirely off the same sleep schedule. I'll admit, night differential is pretty nice, too!
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    I'm a nursing student, but I just started my new job as an AL caregiver.

    I've trained AM and PM. I like both, but I've found working PM is better for me. Today after I came home from my AM shift, I fell right asleep. Before I knew it, it was already 6:30. I'm not usually the type that likes to stay up late or take naps, but working AM is so exhausting! PM seems way more relaxed, although I start getting sleepy around 9. It doesn't help that I have to be up at 6 the next day for an 8AM class. However, I feel like it's better for me to work PM because of school. When I come home from an AM shift, I don't wanna do anything.
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    I use to work night shifts 11 to 7am, and it was great, i sleep all morning get up around noon and stiil had some time around the day to do stuff, my nights off, i got good night sleep, it is a little hard on the body, so i take chinese herbs for nourishment. May not be good in the long run, but i stopped doing them cause my job started cutting hours, im back to job hunting. I also done 3 to 11 shifts, busy as heck but u learn more.
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    I love the evening shift: 11-11 or 3-3. Just works with my body's schedule.
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    Nights is awful if you have young kids have to change back to a day schedule on your days off (the first day off is a total waste if you worke nights). I have never been so tired, I have absolutely no energy to do anything... used to exercise 3 times a week, now I'm lucky if I manage it once a month (need I add, weight gain/inability to lose weight as result?! Hate it). I've never been sick so much in my life, I've even had to call in twice and I never did this in my work life...

    And I am naturally a night owl, really am, but this does not mean anything. Getting up at an awfully early time (at least, there's little traffic) beats not having life - which is what I feel on nights.

    If the manager doesn't hire my replacement soon, she'll have to find two night nurses!!! I'm desperate to go on days, but they can't find anyone willing to work nights

    P.S. The other night nurses love it - none of them have young children, they can sleep as long as they want to, stay on a night schedule. Makes all the difference.
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