I searched around on the forums but couldn't find anything that answered my question specifically. To give a little background I am a new nurse that has been working at an inpatient psychiatric facility for the past 8 months. I started out on 3rd shift. I really thought that I would enjoy this shift because I would be able to get up early during the day and get the things I needed done and have somewhat of a social life. Also I have always been kind of a night person. After working for a few months, it became much harder to sleep and I had to take medications to fall asleep. I sleep much more than I used to and just cannot find the energy to get up early. I never have much energy anymore. I believe the worst part of working third shift is there is hardly any patient interaction, nor is there a lot to do. I specifically joined nursing for the patient interaction and being able to be involved in the patients treatment, and I don't feel as if I am accomplishing much working third shift. I was thinking about going to second shift. It would be great if any of you vets could give me a little insight into the pros and cons of both shifts. Thanks.