Quote from kimtab
Dixie, Did the night schedule throw you off too much? I imagine Monday would be enough to recover and then be able to function normally for the rest of the week but then I've never done nights, so I don't know.
It worked out pretty well for us, especially since I could recover on Monday. You will need a good nap on Sat. to make it thru the night, but plan to sleep a good bit on Sunday. You will need it to get thru the night, but knowing you are off all next week makes it easier.
Missing your child on sunday may be hard, but it will be worth it having the rest of the week off and feeling good. You can have your errands run, housework, cooking etc done while the kids are in school, and devote the evenings to homework, play, visiting etc. You will have time to do fun stuff during the day as well as be on committees at work if you need to, take classes, etc. It is a great situation. Hope you enjoy it.
I saw you lived in Atlanta...I lived there most of my career and did my week end plan at Emory. If your hospital offers this to all departments, you will find a lot of well experienced nurses doing the shift. Keeps burn out to a minimum.