Been on nights for a month and... - page 2

by krimicrat

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I like it! I am so surprised! I was very anxious about it for a long time, but am happy to report things are going well. I thought I would post to support those who have nights in their futures and are worried about it. You... Read More


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    I've worked nights since 1975, when I was still in nursing school. I took a day job after I got married 5 years ago & I only lasted a month. I couldn't sleep at night & was too tired during the day so I went back to nights. This is my niche.
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    I'm glad you are liking it for the moment! It did just wreck me. But I would like to say, don't give up your exercise!
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    I wouldn't trade my night shift for anything right now.
    Day shift makes my head want to spin and explode.
    I prefer for my shifts to be 3 in a row but that's not always possible, but I deal with it.
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    I used to work evenings as a unit secretary, which gave me insight into both the shifts. For a new nurse, nights is better. Less people to deal with, and there's more of a team environment on nights, at least where I work. If my body can't take nights, then I will switch to days, but for now, I'd rather work nights.
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    My mother worked almost her entire career as a night nurse. Some people love it. I did quite a bit of it but eventually had to get off nights because it isn't compatible with family life.
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    I have a husband and three kids, 10, 7, and 4. What has made things much easier is that my husband works from home. The kids start back to school soon too, which will be good for them too.I figure I better make the most of nights. I'm on the days list, but I'd much rather be happy while I'm waiting for my day spot. So I'm focusing on the positives of the shift: I see my family more, it's a better learning environment, more money, and it's fun! We laugh a lot at night
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    I love working nights, but our population is so weird at night....
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    Been on nights for 2 weeks now ... love it! I was put right into nights because I had done days during my rotations as a student on the same unit. Love the quiet, and love the reduced foot traffic. Days were always hectic and too noisy.

    To think I am getting paid a night differential for this
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    I was doing fairly well a month or two into night shift, but now - after 5 months - I can't wait to go on days (put in my request, but manager has to hire a replacement first...) I have absolutely no energy, manage to exercise only once a month (used to be 3+ times a week), gained weight/can't lose, on my days off all I want to do is sleep, sleep poorly during the day... etc etc. And it's hard on my young kids as well.

    More power to those of you who can do it, but I'm counting the days - make that nights - I still have to endure.
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    I mentioned to my doctor that I was thinking about working nights and apparently he is strongly against it, due to my adrenal insufficiency. I knew I wouldn't be able to flip A extreme sleep schedule changes make me really sick, but it didn't even occur to me that simply being on the night shift would be a lot of stress on my system.

    Could be a reason why some of y'all normally healthy people turn into vegetables after a few months on night shift?

    So I'm not a morning person and I'm not allowed to be a night person. I need an eventing shift.
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