Awkward situation while putting in 2 weeks notice - page 2

by nurselove757 | 3,787 Views | 16 Comments

I have been working at a Psych hospital for 5 months. This is my first nursing job after graduating nursing school. I got hired for the overnight shift. I have heard overnight shift is a little slow paced, so I figured I would... Read More


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    Quote from sharpeimom
    When I applied for a new job after working for a new manager who absolutely would not comply with a neurologist's order not to assign me rotating shifts. I had been fine if I worked days and 3-11, OK with any one shift of the three shifts, but she would not get it into her thick head that I had seizures if I rotated between 3-11 and 11-7 within the same two week schedule. She finally said I could submit my resignation OR she would fire me on the spot.

    I resigned and when I was job hunting, I simply told my interviewer that my old manager had left and the new manager had a completely different scheduling and work style. It wasn't badmouthing, yet it told the interviewer the manager was an uncooperative
    XXXXX.

    I had a new job within a month.

    I had problems working nights at first. What worked for me was to run any errands I needed to run on my way home. When I got home, I'd make a cup of herb tea, eat something, play with the cats, turn on either classical music or the TV and stretch out on the couch and read. I'd almost always be asleep by 11:00 am.
    Thank you for your response. I cannot believe your manager. We nurses are suppose to be better than that.
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    just a thought - have you ever been tested for sleep apnea? I have apnea and I will tell you that my life has done a 180 change since getting BiPap 2 and a half years ago....I could sleep for 12 hours and feel like I could sleep for 12 more because I really wasn't sleeping - I was waking up 50+ times a night because I wasn't breathing...

    Just a thought...I work nights and during the day once I put that mask on my body knows its time to sleep...
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    Quote from Twinmom06
    just a thought - have you ever been tested for sleep apnea? I have apnea and I will tell you that my life has done a 180 change since getting BiPap 2 and a half years ago....I could sleep for 12 hours and feel like I could sleep for 12 more because I really wasn't sleeping - I was waking up 50+ times a night because I wasn't breathing...

    Just a thought...I work nights and during the day once I put that mask on my body knows its time to sleep...
    I used to have sleep apnea but got surgery done. Now my sleep test is negative. The other reason how I know it's not sleep apnea is because all this started when I started the overnight shift.
    I do feel you about waking up at night a hundred times a day. I remember those days. Overnight has made me feel exactly the same way when I had sleep apnea. Thank you for responding.
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    I have been down that melatonin/diphenhydramine/caffeine road to hell, and it just doesn't work. You, my friend, are not meant to work night or rotating shifts. That is what you can tell your next employer. Try not to put you and your poor body through that again. Sorry you had to go through that.
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    Quote from mariebailey
    I have been down that melatonin/diphenhydramine/caffeine road to hell, and it just doesn't work. You, my friend, are not meant to work night or rotating shifts. That is what you can tell your next employer. Try not to put you and your poor body through that again. Sorry you had to go through that.
    I have said that to myself in the back of my mind several times. I hear you. Thank you.
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    You may want to apply for jobs that are day only--an MD's office, school nursing, that type of thing. Unfortunetely, most facility/hospital jobs are rotating shifts. And some have a group that love night shift and would never think of doing anything other than nights, and some that would not do nights on a bet. And I am not sure how far you would get if you said to the interviewer that you would only do days or eves.

    Hopefully you are off of the sleep aid/caffeine situation. That is just dangerous, and no wonder you felt so poorly all of the time.
    IKnowYouRider likes this.
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    Whoa...I'd suggest taking a week to detox cold turkey

    There's a lot of ways to be more alert without slowly killing yourself.

    I have a lot of personal experience with replacing substances with healthy alternatives. PM if you need some help/advice.
    jadelpn likes this.


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