I'm a new grad whom recently -4 weeks-started a position on a med-surg floor on the 11-7am shift. I love the unit routine and the most of the people I work with (I orientated on days, and find nights more friendly to learning and co-workers more supportive of eachother and inexperienced new grads) The problem is; I always feel tired, even when I get 6 or 7 hrs sleep after work. I sleep from about 9:30am to 4pm (when my kids get home from school)I sometimes get in a short nap before leaving for work.I have been grumpy and mean with my family because I always feel sleep deprived, even though I am not, technically. I never slept more than 7 hours a night when working day jobs, and it was fine. I would love to hear from other night nurses who have had this problem and overcame it. I really would like to succeed on this shift, but I don't want to ruin my home life to do it--Help!