Night Shift or Evening Shift - page 2

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I am a new nurse and am fortunate enough to have been offered a positions, an option of two actually. The two positions available are a 32 hr Night (11-7 4 nights per week) or 32 hr Evening (3-11 4 evenings per week). I am so... Read More


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    I work 3-11. It's my favorite shift. I am young, single, and have no children. I can see my family on my days off/weekends off. I can sleep in or have the ability to wake up early and do things during the day and still go out after work. I know a lot of nurses I work with complain because they never see their kids or families. The evenings have a lot more families and I like it best. I've worked 11-7 and it just messes with your sleep and life. I'll only do it to cover when they need me.
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    If you are able to work on nights that would be the better choice socially. Get blackout shades or eye mask so you can sleep during the day, try melatonin.

    I've worked all three shifts and I love the nights the best, days is so hectic and your being pulled and interrupted by everyone. PM's is so antisocial because you work when most are off, get home and most are sleeping and in the morning most are at work. Noc's you can go to sleep in the morning and see people in the afternoon. You can even go shopping after work or talk to someone if you want before you go to bed.

    Some night people sleep a few hours in the morning then a few hours in the evening before work. I couldn't function like that! I need a good solid block of time, I prefer 8 hours but can get by on 5 for a short time.

    In my experience when I did PM's I'd be wide awake and full of adrenalin and not able to sleep until the middle of the night, then sleep in and next thing you know its time to go to work.

    If you go out with friends to the bars a lot at night, then maybe PM's would work ok for you. Where I work most of the PM nurses switch to a different shift as soon as they are able, the majority switch to days or 12 hr days and occasionally someone will choose 12 hour nights.

    I had a choice of any shift or FTE back when I made the switch to 12 hr nights and I am the most happy with that. I like having 4 days off, the only downside is the 12 hr weekends and holidays so 32hr Nocs would be even better for that reason. Unfortunately they don't offer 8 hr Nocs where I work anymore, its mostly 12hr days/nights and occasionally PM's.

    Also PM's tends to get mandated a lot as nocs are always short so keep that in mind as well. If you want to try PM's I'm sure you could always switch to another shift later on if you don't think nights wouldn't work for you sleep wise.

    Some people don't function well on nights, tired, nauseated and also shift work, esp nights has been associated with increased risk of cancer, so you have to do what's right for you.
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    I love nights and I hate days. Even when I worked days, I wanted to stay up at night. There is something inhuman about getting up at 0530a. For the people who don't like the dark....well even on days its dark when you wake up and dark when you leave work. I don't see the difference.

    The only thing that works for me is maintaining a night schedule on nights off. Switching to days is pointless and that is ultimately what hurts people. I also eat healthy, exercise and take melatonin.
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    7p-7a... Shift of champions!!! No administration! Less people milling about! Do your job and gimme my check baby! Lol!

    And theres nothing wrong with drinking in the morning if you worked that night!
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    I'm real confused by all the different terms used by everyone here . At my hospital you work days (7a-3p or 7a-7p), afternoons (3p-11p), or nights (11p-7a). I orientated on days (7-3) and it was okay, but I was always tired by 10p and had to get up at 5a, so it felt like a drag. I then worked 7p-7a and that is fine, but I would miss some of my kid's sports or school activities. Now I work 11p-7a, contingent status. I like being able to attend all of my kids' activities, but I do feel pretty crappy most of the time, even with a good stretch of days off (I'm 40). The ideal shift for me doesn't exist right now (9-3!) so I am just dealing with it for a while. Afternoons is a hard shift, they get all the admits and discharges. Where I work the afternoon shift is hard to staff, and the staff we have seem to be our weakest nurses so the night shift has to play catch up with stuff they leave for us and then do our own tasks as well, it has to be the shift that passes on the most stuff! I think afternoons would just eat up most of your day.
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    Hated 3-11 with a family (husband and kids). I never saw them.

    Now I'm part-time 11-7, and it works out well for me. I have no issues at all switching back to days after working a few nights in a row. I do have difficulty switching back to nights, though. I have to force myself to bed, and I don't sleep well at all the first evening before a shift back on. (Almost like a six-hour doze...) While I like nights, I don't think I could do this shift full-time.
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    I have worked both. I felt like I was missing so much more of life when I was working evenings. By the time I got home it was sometimes after midnight, it would take at least an hour or two to wind down and get to bed around 2am. Then I would sleep until about 10 or 11. Have to get ready for work and head out the door by 2 to get to work. So the times I was home, people we either sleeping or still at work/school. If I was lucky and didn't have to work a weekend I would get to see the family on weekends. I also missed alot of functions because of this shift.

    I work NOC right now. I work 8p-6a. I sleep while everyone is at work/school, I am up when they are home and can have dinner and even go out somewhere with them at least for a few hours before work. Not having to go in until 11 you would be better off.

    It just takes some time to get used to the being awake all night thing. But after 8 months, I have it licked!
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    I work 3-11 and love it. I can sleep all I want to, stay up when I get off if I want to. Have the mornings free for other things. If you have kids at home, you would miss a lot, but my kid is grown and gone, so it is a great shift for me. We get a lot of admissions, especially direct admits, but at least most of the procedures/surgeries are already done by the time we come in. Most of the docs have already rounded, too.
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    I prefer 3-11 to 11-7 but it's definitely put a damper on my social life. As AZMOMO2 said above, you miss out on so many social things. It's hard to go to bed right after work because it takes a while to wind down. I usually end up staying up until 3 am and waking up around noon (I require 9-10 hours of sleep like a high schooler). I've started hanging out with my coworkers after work so I don't become a complete loner but I miss my non-nursing friends very much.
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    I'm torn. If you asked me a year ago, I would have said 11-7 shift is better, hands down. I work 11-7 part time (I'm in nursing school) and I hate not being able to sleep at night. I'm definitely more of a day person. When I had the summer off from school, I would sleep during the day until about 3 or 4 pm. It was nice to have evenings off with my fiance and family/friends, but I was tired ALL the time, even after sleeping 7 or 8 hours during the day. It really started to affect my mood, too.

    When I worked 3-11, I would have a hard time falling asleep as soon as I got home, so I would stay up until 1 or 2, and gradually it became 3 am, and I would get up at 10 or 11 the next day. I felt like I had no life.. I was just sleeping and working.

    Sorry, I'm probably no help but I feel they both have pros and cons and neither is better than the other. I think if you can sleep during the day though, 11-7 will be better for your social and family life.


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