ALL nights or day/night MIX shift to pick? HELP! need to reply to recruiter! - page 6

Hi all!! :nurse: I am a new grad ready to start my new job soon, however had a question for you, the recruiter called me and asked if I wanted all nights or day/night mix shift.... I have... Read More

  1. by   joanna73
    I don't know how people manage to flip. I'm on permanent nights. I was on vacation last week, so naturally, I was up early every day to make the most of it. No issue there, since I had a reason to be up. Well, it's taken me almost 3 days to transition back to staying up at night. My point? This has been very exhausting, and I can't imagine having to do a mix. It's either permanent nights/ evenings or permanent days for me. The flipping is definitely out of the question. To each his own, of course....but I think the mix is never easy to adjust to. When do you sleep?
  2. by   sckrawczyk
    I currently work per diem, 12-hr shifts, and I work either days or nights, depending on my employer's needs. I rarely have a week that I don't work day and night shifts.

    There are benefits to day shift, i.e. it doesn't mess up your body's internal clock, and you don't lose days to having to sleep either in preparation for or after a night shift.

    Of course, night shift has its benefits, too, i.e. it is often quieter, way less non-nursing staff running in and out and making everything much busier, usually less meds to pass, blood sugars to check, etc. But it does impact your body clock and your regular life. Unless your family and all your friends are night shift workers, you're going to want to get back to a normal schedule on your off days.

    If you can work either all day shifts or all night shifts, that's what I'd recommend. If you do opt for night shifts, I'd try to get them all in a row, if you're doing 12-hr shifts. That way you don't have to try to flip back and forth multiple times in a week.

    Good luck to you!
  3. by   bunsterj
    [QUOTE]ALSO, was talking with my mother about this and she was concerned about the safety from leaving work at 3am (IF that was an 8hr shift) but I guess that is another story... I'll bring a pepper spray i guess hahaa![QUOTE]

    The hospital I worked at when I was working PMs or nights was fairly large, and we had a rather large security team; they would patrol the employee parking lots and garage when PMs got off and when nights would arrive. If you worked overtime on PMs, you left by way of ER and security would be called and give you an escort to your car. In my 5 years working there, I'm not aware of any incident involving an employee in the parking areas.
  4. by   marie-therese
    Hi newgradRN8,

    The first few shifts are always the hardest to adjust to, since it'll be a new environment for you, totally different from the times when you were just a trainee. In my opinion, it's best for you at least the first 6 months to take day/night mix shift eventhough it's annoying regarding the sleep adjustments, but you'll have chance to learn more and see what goes on during a day shift and a night shift, in this way you will gain more experience and later on if you want to shift to an All night duty it'll be up to you coz in this way you'll know the cons and pros of different shifts.
    Good luck!
  5. by   SummitRN
    rotating shifts should be illegal for patient safety and provider health reasons.
  6. by   irish_fiddler747
    I guess I'm one of the few people to not vote all-nights, but at this point in my career (I've only been off orientation 4 months) I am enjoying rotating -- as long as I have a few days to switch back to days! (days to nights is easier). I work 3 weeks days/3 weeks nights and back. I don't like how nights messes with your body clock because I like to have a "normal" schedule on my days off even when I'm on nights. But I like the atmosphere of working on nights -- it's actually CALM sometimes and you're not running around like a madman for 12 hours every shift. But on day shift you get the experience of interacting with PT/OT/speech/more doctors, are able to do more patient education (sometimes) and get to be awake when the sun is up. Day shift is always crazy though. So for now I'm happy rotating - don't necessarily want to do it for the rest of my career though.
  7. by   joanna73
    Not everyone likes days though. The atmosphere doesn't bother me, but I hate waking up early and going to bed early. I think it varies widely.
  8. by   cara1017
    I may be in the minority here, but I just wanted to throw in my 2 cents. I am a new grad (just hit my 1 year mark!) rotating between day/nights... 3 weeks days/3 weeks nights. I have to say, that I would rather be rotating than doing all nights. As a person who is a "day" person, and I find that the days shifts keep me sane, and help me to get more done during my days off. I am much more of a zombie when I am on night shift. Also, if I was on all nights I would be "rotating" anyway on my days off. At least with 3 weeks of days, I can be normal. However, I will say that many nurses on my unit have a lot of trouble rotating, and the night shift to day shift transition is quite brutal. Also, to mirror many other responses, I think getting experience on both shifts is a great opportunity because they can both be very different!
  9. by   MySonIsAdorable
    You can still impress they day time nurses and charge if you work nights. I would say that you probably won't be at your best during your shifts if you aren't sleeping enough. I did that for a couple years working outside of nursing of course and the only perk was working with a lot of different people . Anyway since you have a choice I would pick all nights for now who knows it could change later