New Grad cant work overnights
- 0Nov 13, '12 by silentwolvesHello all!
I will be graduating in December and am in the process of sending out my resume to local hospitals. I am very scared about finding a job though. I have had sleeping problems for as long as I can remember and really fear having to work overnights or a rotating schedule. Most of my friends who have already graduated are required to work a rotating shift for now...
My question is this: Do I have a chance at finding a job as a new graduate that wont require overnights? I live in western NY where there are several hospitals near by, so I have a few places to apply to.
- 0Nov 13, '12 by kindlyliliI think most of hospitals require you rotate your shift because it sounds more fair for the rest of nurses, but if you do not mind to work at other facilities rather than hospitals, then you can always have your day shift. Just some thoughts about it and best luck to you.
- 0Nov 14, '12 by Meriwhen, BSN, RN Senior ModeratorIf you want to work in acute care, you're going to have to accept that days-only jobs are slim to come by for a new grad. They do exist, but there's a lot of competition for them from both new grads and experienced nurses. A lot of facilities have wait-lists for the day-only shift, and unless you can bring something outstanding to the table as a new grad--or happen to be incredibly lucky--they're not going to skip you to the head of that wait-list and risk angering current staff. In addition, many hospitals have moved towards rotating shifts.
It's not impossible to find a days-only job, just rather difficult. Of course, that's the general take: the situation in your specific area may vary.
I agree with kindlylili: if you are adamant about days-only work, then your better bet is to look outside of the hospital box.
Best of luck.
- 0Nov 14, '12 by kimRN512I too am in western NY! Graduated last may had my first job offer in June. When I graduated there were definitely not a lot of openings for new grads so back then finding a day shift would have been difficult. But, I believe there are a lot more openings so you definitely have a higher chance of finding a day shift than you would have a couple months ago. Good luck! Message me if you have any questions.
- 0Nov 14, '12 by HouTx GuideQuestion for OP - have you ever actually tried working nights? A lot of new grads are anxious about this possibility simply because it's completely foreign to them. I can vividly recall (after working my first night shifts) realizing that I actually preferred the slower pace and fewer interruptions... including the dreaded ICU 'road trips' when very ill patients had to be transported out of the unit for diagnostic testing of some sort. If you have everything arranged for 'quality' sleep time, it really isn't any different than working days.
The only shift I wasn't able to adapt to was 3p-11p. It really interfered with family activities, and I always felt like there wasn't time enough to do anything because I needed to get ready for work - LOL.
- 0Nov 15, '12 by RNEMT-PYou may not have as tough a time finding a day shift as you think. I just got hired specifically as a night person, but that was what I wanted. During the interview, the manager was telling me she sometimes has trouble filling day shifts because everyone wants the night shift diffs. Where I'm going to, the shift diff can equal $10-12k per year if you work all night shifts.