Night Shift or Evening Shift - page 3

by MsNewbie 14,050 Views | 22 Comments

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 working nights. I would recommend the 11-7 with no hesitation. Having done both, the 3-11 means you are literally going to miss dinner with your loved ones every single night. 11-7, as long as it isn't every night, means that you have dinner, then go to work, work while everyone's asleep, then sleep while everyone's at work. While it's not a great option long term if your hubby works days, it's a great way to get started, and a great schedule if you have kids. And the shift differential is slightly more ( at least where I work it is).
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    When I was in school, I worked 3-11 as an aide and I LOVED it. The hospital I was working at paid a decent evening differential and the shifts went by fast.

    Now, as an RN, I would choose nights over evenings any day. The biggest problem I have with 3-11 is that my floor does a mix of 8 and 12 hour shifts so if you're working an evening, you're one of two nurses at the max doing this. If the sh&^ hits the fan at or around 7 (as it has for me MANY times... kids going into status epilepticus, stat CTs, emergent ORs, etc) good luck finding someone to help you... everyone else is either getting ready to leave or hasn't started working yet.

    On nights you also don't have to deal with the Powers that Be. There's minimal involvement with them on eves, but that's only one of a few reasons I'd choose nights over eves. Practically, I rely on public transportation to get me to work because parking is very expensive (over 4x the cost of a subway/bus pass). I take 2 buses to get to work and doing that at 11PM makes me feel a little sketchy. Not to mention, if I don't catch the 2nd bus by 11:40, I'm SOL and have to wait at a sketchy subway station basically watching drug deals for 40 minutes until the next bus comes. So by that point, it would be close to 1am when I got home (and this is all assuming I've actually left ON time) and I probably wouldn't fall asleep until 3 at the earliest on to then sleep until early afternoon the next day, wake up and do it all over again? No thanks.
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    Evening shift is puurrfect~! at least IMO. Since I usually wake up at around 9-10 am and be active throughout the remaining hours of the day until 12mn. I also dont have to worry about missing family times since my uncle is usually asleep around the time of my shift for his 3am airport work, while my aunt usually stays up late til 1am anyway, Lol. Overall, Day would probably what most would prefer but evening is the best for me!


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