An all time low for a new night shifter

Nurses General Nursing


I am a new to the night shift and not adjusting well. I have been on night shift since February. The other day after a very long shift, followed by a staff meeting, followed by a traffic filled commute home it happened. I woke up with a slice of pizza stuck to my face. I literally fell asleep at the kitchen table. In my pizza. I am thankful I was too tired to warm it up or the outcome may have been bad.

I am really trying to make this shift work. I am trying to stick to the night schedule on my days off. But I feel like all I do is work and try to sleep. And if I ever get a few days off in a row, all I do is sleep. I was off this weekend, I slept 12 hours each day. On work days, I rarely get more than 4-5 hours of sleep between shifts. On days off, I can't do anything with my family. I am tired all the time.

I have never been a coffee drinker, or soda drinker. Now I am drinking coffee on my days off in an attempt to stay awake to interact with my family. Nothing helps.

Please tell me this will get better. I really like my job, but I am not sure how long I can keep this up. And to make matters worse, I was told when hired that whenever a day shift opens they offer it to us night shifters first, but they just hired 2 new grads that are going to be on days. Now a bunch of coworkers are giving their notice and I am feeling hopeless of ever getting off of nights.

There's nothing like a good attitude to make adapting to any change go more smoothly, and you have that! Good on you for finding the positives.

=) thanks Ruby Vee!! I try! LOL!

Beeker how does your break schedule work? Do you get an hour? Sometimes I have heard you get 2 hours for nights.

I work nights, and simply "love" how all the staff meetings where I work happen in the middle of the day.

Last time we had one, as it was wrapping up, the boss asked us if any of us had anything to say...

I explained that having it at this time of the day was the middle of the night for me, so the next meeting, and every other one after that should be held at 3:30 am, otherwise they shouldn't expect to see me there.

I actually had to explain to 3 people that when I work nights, it means I'm awake all night and I have to sleep in the day time... just like how they're awake in the day and sleep at night... but reversed.

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