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

  1. Hi all!!
    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 no experience so wondering what the pros and cons and maybe what you would prefer picking and why?
    ALL night shifts: i would have to adjust for only for the first few weeks??
    Day/Night Mix shifts: i would constantly be adjusting my sleep schedule?? would i be a zombie?

    THANKS in advance for any comments or advice!!
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  3. by   morte
    all nights, definetly. The mix is horrible to acclimate to.
  4. by   froggy8
    thats what I figured, they said that regarding the day/night shifts, that the days wouldnt be right next to each other, but i figure, for the long run it would be better just to stay one way...
    thanks for the quick response MORTE
  5. by   froggy8
    by the way, did you experience this yourself? just curious :spin:
  6. by   Esme12
    I have worked shift work for an entire lifetime. I have never "Liked" days. Too many people, to many managers. Day/evening rotation is doable. Day/night extremely difficult. You will spend fprever catching up on sleep and utilizing your "days off" to sleep. Your body never really figures out whether you ant it to be a wake, asleep or eating. My vote.....straight nights.

    Congratulations!!!!! ON your job!!!! Good luck!!
  7. by   Meriwhen
    Having worked a mix (albeit not as a nurse), it is definitely harder on the body than having a consistent schedule. It can be done, but its's very hard. So unless you really have an urge to work day shifts or prefer to keep more of your nights free, I'd go with the all nights.
  8. by   froggy8
    I am a new grad so this will be my first job after almost 3-4 months of job searching. I will be moving out of state. It really doesnt matter to me when i go to work, just I think I would like it to be consistent (so i dont have to keep adjusting every few days --- ill just adjust for the first few weeks of work)? of course ALL DAYS would be nice but that wasnt an option (not surprising, but its ok, i have a job!)
    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!

    Thank you thank you thank you!!! Keep the comments/advice coming! :spin:
  9. by   morte
    I once worked 2 12s and 2 8s a week with rotating da/noc. so, in one week i actually worked all three shifts. you really "see" the damage better after the fact, or watching someone else try to do it. This was also part of my invitation to leave, so to speak.
  10. by   froggy8
    wow... thanks for the advice, i think i will do all nights just so i could have some consistency and not be too much of a zombie during my days off...
  11. by   Morainey
    Definitely take all nights. I work nights and I can't imagine flipping back and forth regularly. Oh why would you do that to yourself
  12. by   LTV950rn
    I do this now in my job. If you have a choice, I would recommend straight nights to keep some sort of consistent schedule. I'm tired often and my poor body gets confused!
  13. by   dblpn
    I would go with days more healthy for the body imo. but never do a mix like that it would drive you crazy .
  14. by   Guttercat
    I've done both. And as a night shifter, you WILL be flipping back and forth: on your days off you will be adjusting to being awake with the rest of the world, and just when you're feeling normal again, you will flip back to walking amongst those in the land of the living dead.

    Still, the only way I'd consider rotating between nights and days, is if it was scheduled in blocks. As in, one or more months of nights then flip to one or months of days.

    Night shifts are however, a great way to get your feet wet and learn. There is less pressure and interruptions allowing you to focus on honing your skills. Your coworkers also, will have a little more time to mentor you along.

    Best wishes and congratulations in your new position! W0oT!