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Embracing Night Shift


Before having a child you couldn't pay me to do nights. I have done nights in the past and always despised them. Well, now I'm a new mommy and in order to avoid child care I went to nights part time. So instead if whimpering and complaining I've decided to embrace nights , since this is my new normal. Here are the pros I'm ever so grateful for:

- Not having to place my baby in daycare. Yes, I rarely get sleep but I have a peace of mind

-Shift diff . Enough said

-No visitors after 830pm

-No managers, or any other persons that typically pluck my nerves in day shift

-Working two 12 hour nights really isn't that bad. I spread my out.

-It goes by pretty fast most of the time

-Weekends are split. Which means I don't have to work sat and sunday like I did on days. I can work fri and sat but split up( friday one week and Saturday another week).

The list goes on. Its honestly not that bad.

Love nights!! they can be crazy but usually pretty low key. Totally agree with your above reasons tho.

joanna73, BSN, RN

Specializes in geriatrics.

I really miss nights for many of the reasons you've mentioned. I am wired for evenings and nights too. Day shift exhausts me no matter how early I've gone to bed.


Has 6 years experience.

It's not that bad cuz you're 0.6. ;)

Nothing beats night shift.

The teamwork

The different kind of busy to day shift busy

Less if any visitors at all

The pay

proud nurse, BSN, RN

Specializes in Medical Oncology, Alzheimer/dementia. Has 15 years experience.

I started working nights to avoid the child care situation as well. My kids are in college now and I still work nights, lol. It suits my personality better because I'm not a morning person.

bagladyrn, RN

Specializes in OB.

33 years on nights and they'd have to pay me double to work days! Really - I turned down a contract in Hawaii because it involved working day shift!


Has 5 years experience.

People always look at me weird when I tell them I would rather work nights. For me, there is a special feeling of doing something necessary and important when I work those wee hours. I like the sense of special responsibility. For the same reason, I like having to stay extra because of bad weather, etc. Things get smaller and there is a sense of a team pulling together. I am the lighthouse operator, keeping the light on so others can sleep.

RNperdiem, RN

Has 14 years experience.

Glad you were able to find lots of positive things. People who get good at being thankful for what they have and are able to find something positive in less than ideal situations go far in life.

poppycat, ADN, BSN

Specializes in pediatrics; PICU; NICU. Has 42 years experience.

I started working nights in 1975 when I started nursing school. I tried going to day shift in 2007 after I got married so I'd be on the same schedule as my husband. I only lasted a month before I was begging to go back to nights. I will never leave night shift again. 40 years & going strong!

My positives:

Hubby leaves for work 5 minutes after I get home & the house is quiet all day.

I get the queen bed all to myself! He gets it all to himself at night.

We get our evenings & weekends together.

I'm not a zombie like I was when I tried to work days.

I just put in for days, because my body is not recuperating after nights like it used to, and my kids are now are teenagers. I am thankful for all the reasons you listed that nights served me well, especially the childcare situation. I will miss the camaraderie and strong teamwork found on nights. I do admit that am also greatly looking forward to being "normal" again and not losing a couple of days a week to sleeping.

BrandonLPN, LPN

Has 5 years experience.

I like there being no traffic on my way to and from work.

I also like doing my grocery shopping after work and having the store be almost empty.

I love nights! no docs unless its an emergency, no family/visitors unless its an emergency, and the teamwork can't be beat. I get home as the kids are getting on the bus and I kiss them goodbye and head for bed! 8 hours of uninterrupted bliss!

~PedsRN~, BSN, RN

Specializes in Acute Care Pediatrics. Has 4 years experience.

I love love love working nights. To me, I feel like there is less ancillary staff night to get in the way of me providing real nursing care. I have more one on one time with my patients, more time to just be present.... to really take the time to do things the way that I, as a nurse, want to do them. :)

QuarterLife88, MSN, RN, NP

Specializes in Neuroscience. Has 7 years experience.

I have worked nights for a year and a half now, and while I do believe that they are starting to take their toll and I feel exhausted a lot even on my days off, there are pros.

We have 24 hour/day visiting hours (UGH), but there are definitely LESS visitors overall, and the ones that stay, sleep.

The first four hours of the shift are usually crazy, but between 12am-4am, it usually quiets down enough to take some much needed time to catch up on charting.

The teamwork is better on nights, because there are less of us so we learn to depend/lean on each other.

Less admit/discharges.

Less meds to pass.

Less doctors and ancillary staff hanging around being annoying and getting in the way.

Red Kryptonite

Specializes in hospice. Has 3 years experience.

I always say all the cool kids work nights.

Recently I had a week where I didn't get all my hours. Usually I work three 12s 7-7:30, but they had a unit that needed a little extra help so they offered me a 4 pm to midnight. I accepted because I wanted to patch the hole in my paycheck.

Oh. Em. Gee. Just those three hours at the end of day shift were a stark reminder of why I like nights. There seemed to be so many people, so many things going on, so much noise.....it felt utterly chaotic.

Plus, I really like not having higher ups around breathing down your neck all the time. Those people got desk jobs so they didn't have to work those hours, so if they come in it takes an act of Congress. Being night shift float pool is about as anonymous as you can get. I come in, do my job, and stay under the radar. 👍