Day shift or night shift - Which do you prefer? Why? - page 7

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... Read More

  1. by   TruvyNurse
    12 hour days!! Best for my family and I HATE nights. Never could get the sleep I needed. Days is busier and goes by faster too
  2. by   hilc1
    I have worked both. I am not young, nor do I have children. I hated night shift. I felt unsafe for patient care, I was crabby on my days off and I couldn't get out of bed until 2pm, even if I had several days off in a row. I would wake up around 2 am on my 'days' off and couldn't go back to sleep until around 730/8am. I felt in despair all the time, my relationship suffered, I had no energy to exercise and I neglected myself, my partner, friends and animals. It all depends on how your body takes it. They tell us as nurses that we need to take care of ourselves too. I refuse to work nights and have given up otherwise great positions to take straight days. Days are busy, but I like that. Makes it go by quickly. Sure you have to deal with administration, dietary etc etc, just depends on if you can handle all the extra commotion on top of caring for your patients. If you have a good team then there's teamwork no matter what shift you work on.
  3. by   Accolay
    Day shift and night shift are the best.

    Day shift- Busy but it flies by. You get more experience with how things work. Morning meds. You have two meals to cover i.e. assistance in feeding, getting into a chair or insulin coverage etc.
    You'll know other staff besides nursing- I enjoy meeting with the doctors and other specialties and asking questions and jazz. You can fix things you need from the team for that patient because that staff will be right there to ask.

    Night shift. Can also be busy, but tends to be less so. After a few weeks of day shift, sometimes you want to cool it off a little. Sometimes you have more time to give that patient a little extra TLC or go through their chart a little more thoroughly. I feel like the night shift staff is a little tighter because you have to be due to less staff around.

    Evening shift. Yuck. Good for those with family schedules to have to take care of. But you wake up in the morning and can't really start anything because wee... I have to go to work today and when you get off it's dark and you're pretty much ready for bed.
  4. by   caffeinatednurse
    I prefer evenings and nights. I can never truly wake up until about 4pm and I'm unable to sleep at night (even when I'm not working). So I would be a useless exhausted zombie on days.

    Currently working 7p-7a shifts. Occasionally I have a hard time sleeping during the day but that's what good blackout curtains, melatonin and a fan (for white noise) are for.