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First shift on night

Well here I go, about to do my first shift of nights. Please think good thoughts and prayers this way. I will post my progress. Thanks to all for your kind words and support. I am going in:).

CvpRN

Specializes in Cardiac Surgical ICU.

Good luck on your night shift..At first it's kinda fun and you really feel hyped up about a new schedule. But as time progresses..it will change you. You will start to lose your friends and care about sleep more than anything. Please keep us informed.

lkwashington

Has 4 years experience. Specializes in Tele, ICU, ED, Nurse Instructor,.

I work night shift. I enjoy working nights. I am in a relationship...he understands my life and takes me as I am. I dont have any children so it makes it alot easier to work nights. If you start losing your friends they werent your friends. True friends dont have to be there everyday. Friends should understand that you are making a positive change in your life by improving yourself. Good luck to you.

Welcome to nocs! I used to work nights in a hospice unit...some people would call it graveyard, I said, "We don't call it graveyard here..." lol.

I worked nights for 3 years. I loved nights. Not a lot of in and out by medical/ancillary staff. Just you and the patient. I called my shift, "The Clean Up Crew" because we did chart checks, re-filled charts, renewed medication orders, etc. In my experience over the 3 different facilities I've been through, night shift has a special camaraderie! Especially when its time for breaks. Don't be fooled into thinking you need to eat all night to stay awake! Drink plenty of water. This past year, I stopped eating at night because I met another nurse who didn't eat. I wasn't really hungry, I just thought I had to eat because I was awake. When I got home from my shift, I ate. When I woke up from my sleep, I ate...maybe napped again, then ate again before I went to work.

Have fun tonight!

Soon2BNurse3, ADN, RN

Has 10 years experience. Specializes in M/S, Tele, Sub (stepdown), Hospice.

First night is always the hardest....it will get easier to stay awake!

Good luck on your night shift..At first it's kinda fun and you really feel hyped up about a new schedule. But as time progresses..it will change you. You will start to lose your friends and care about sleep more than anything. Please keep us informed.

Wrong. Your true friends will figure out a time with you to meet. It may be breakfast now instead of supper. If you keep to your schedule the entire time your on night shift you sleep 6-8 hours. The same as if you were on first shift.

Drinking plenty of water is a great tip! Helps keep you awake. Ecspecially later on in the shift when you want no caffiene.

Best of luck! Am cheering for you!

Also have worked 7 years on night shift total.

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marilynmom, LPN, NP

Specializes in Adolescent Psych, PICU.

I love nights. I have worked nights for 3 years now by CHOICE. Ive always been a night owl so for me its really not very hard. I never sleep at night, even on my days off.

It seems that people either love or hate nights.

Yes, the first night shift was TOUGH. However, I adjusted much better than I had expected and right now wouldn't switch to days if I had the option. I love my co-workers and the schedule works for me. My best advice is treat your days before your night shift like it's night-time! Don't get up and do stuff - you wouldn't go to an appointment at 3am so keep that mindset. Schedule stuff for your days off, or request days off when you have stuff you have to do. I like room darkening shades, with a sleep mask, and a fan running to help with outside noise - ear plugs bugged me but the sleep mask doesn't. Also melatonin is my friend. Don't drink coffee after maybe 3am. Ringer turned off during the day. Protect your sleep time, it's hugely important.

Best of luck!

Kelly

Good luck gtoko!!! we are all here thinking of you and wishing you happiness.

CaLLaCoDe, BSN, RN

Specializes in Cardiology, Oncology, Medsurge.

Hey, that's great! Keep us posted. Remember, some night shifts can be kinda fun, so enjoy!

Lucky0220

Has 4 years experience. Specializes in Med/Surg, Acute Rehab.

Good luck on your night shift..At first it's kinda fun and you really feel hyped up about a new schedule. But as time progresses..it will change you. You will start to lose your friends and care about sleep more than anything. Please keep us informed.

Real nice encouragement for the OP.:madface: And this is your very first post?????

CaLLaCoDe, BSN, RN

Specializes in Cardiology, Oncology, Medsurge.

good luck on your night shift..at first it's kinda fun and you really feel hyped up about a new schedule. but as time progresses..it will change you. you will start to lose your friends and care about sleep more than anything. please keep us informed.

not all of us take offense to your post. hey, everyone's allowed to voice their own point of view! we don't all have to agree with it!

wecome aboard!:D:smokin::smokin::D

HeartsOpenWide, RN

Specializes in Ante-Intra-Postpartum, Post Gyne.

Nights are not as bad as they seem. I do not know why everyone makes such a big deal about them.

CaLLaCoDe, BSN, RN

Specializes in Cardiology, Oncology, Medsurge.

Nights are not as bad as they seem. I do not know why everyone makes such a big deal about them.

Having worked nights, I'd rather work days and get the pay (differential) cut to boot. I am glad to know that some are happy on nights. We need you. And day people, treat your night people with respect and gratefulness, they deserve it!!

lkwashington

Has 4 years experience. Specializes in Tele, ICU, ED, Nurse Instructor,.

Having worked nights, I'd rather work days and get the pay (differential) cut to boot. I am glad to know that some are happy on nights. We need you. And day people, treat your night people with respect and gratefulness, they deserve it!!

I give all the utmost respect to the nurse who work days. You all need the shift differential due to all the things you put up with. I love night shift for a number of reason. I am a night owl and dont have any children. I must say if I had to go to days or find a better job that require days I will do it. Im just a little flexible. I would take everything in consideration.

HeartsOpenWide, RN

Specializes in Ante-Intra-Postpartum, Post Gyne.

I give all the utmost respect to the nurse who work days. You all need the shift differential due to all the things you put up with. I love night shift for a number of reason. I am a night owl and dont have any children. I must say if I had to go to days or find a better job that require days I will do it. Im just a little flexible. I would take everything in consideration.

I hear you. I was asked to take a day position and I am having to consider it. We work 8's so 9 days a pay period vs 6 for 12hr shifters. Here is the thing I have to consider: full time days which is really stressful and having to drive 45 mins each way five and four times a week; but I get to see my husband every day (now I hardly see him, I get up at 2130 and he is often asleep, and I get home at 0830 and has left for work). I only get two days off a week (which turns into one after I flop over) OR I could stay on nights (with the people I really get along with and it is a lot more low key) and work part time and have more time off...pay difference between full time days and part time nights is only 133/pay check.

CvpRN

Specializes in Cardiac Surgical ICU.

Real nice encouragement for the OP.:madface: And this is your very first post?????

All I Said was you will start to care about your sleep more...wow you people are a tough crowd.....my first and last post. Nurses DO eat their young..real nice

CvpRN

Specializes in Cardiac Surgical ICU.

Wrong. Your true friends will figure out a time with you to meet. It may be breakfast now instead of supper. If you keep to your schedule the entire time your on night shift you sleep 6-8 hours. The same as if you were on first shift.

Drinking plenty of water is a great tip! Helps keep you awake. Ecspecially later on in the shift when you want no caffiene.

Best of luck! Am cheering for you!

Also have worked 7 years on night shift total.

Tell me what "friend" is gonna meet you for breakfast when they themselves are on their way to work

Lucky0220

Has 4 years experience. Specializes in Med/Surg, Acute Rehab.

All I Said was you will start to care about your sleep more...wow you people are a tough crowd.....my first and last post. Nurses DO eat their young..real nice

I was not trying to be mean. Read some of my other posts to get a sense of what I have to say and how I say it. BUT, in reference to what you just stated above, it was NOT "all you said". This is what you posted:

Good luck on your night shift..At first it's kinda fun and you really feel hyped up about a new schedule. But as time progresses..it will change you. You will start to lose your friends and care about sleep more than anything. Please keep us informed.

To me that is just very discouraging to someone who was looking for encouragement.

PS: I have also noticed that was evidently not your last post!!

Tell me what "friend" is gonna meet you for breakfast when they themselves are on their way to work

My friends who get up a hour early to meet at Mcdonalds? Stop acting like you quite your life if you take a night shift job. Its exactly the same. You make time for friends, don't leave them if they want to improve there life or get a new shift.

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