I have recently graduated this past June, and was offered an amazing position as a critical care float RN at a hospital. I am all about putting in my time and effort, and I'm not a complainer, but I'm scheduled to be a night shift nurse now for 2 years (minus the 3 months I've already completed), and it's actively killing me. I don't know what to do.
I was diagnosed with a migraine disorder two years ago.
I went in to a neurologist after I would suddenly get a migraine, and pass out.
It started in the hectic schedules of nursing school
, and worsened when I worked nights as a CNA last summer- I told myself it would be different when I was a nurse.
The migraine disorder is basilar artery migraines/hemiplegia migraines, and I've been able to keep my migraines at a minimum since this last year.
Fast forward, start my new job, the first few weeks of training I did day shifts and it was great. Yes, a new job was stressful, but I could handle it. No migraines noted.
Then, nights started.
I have blackout curtains/eye mask/keep a cool room, and nothing helps.
Even when I get somewhat "adequate sleep" the day before on benadryl, I wake up in sweats, and my head is always pounding, days on and days off.
My body also won't seem to flip back.
I often feel like I'm about to pass out; thankfully, I've caught it in time.
But each day feels as though it's ACTIVELY killing me.
All aspects of my life have are vastly affected by it.
I don't know what to do.