Any rn's graveyard with smaller children

  1. Hi I was just wondering if there were any rn's out there that worked the graveyard shift with smaller children like 1st graders. The reason for my question is like how did u sleep during the day because kids are only in school for like 6 hrs. Then u have to pick them up wake up out of ur sleep and then watch them. Can u maybe sleep during your shift for like an hour or so? :smilecoffeeIlovecof
  2. Visit lizzyberry profile page

    About lizzyberry

    Joined: Mar '07; Posts: 471; Likes: 53

    11 Comments

  3. by   TazziRN
    I can't answer the first part of your question, but as for the last question: there are some facilities that don't mind you sleep for your half hour, but others will not allow it. No place will allow you to sleep for an hour. Not officially, anyway.
  4. by   sonja77
    i work the night shift (1900-0700 or 2300-0700) and i have a son in 2nd grade. my husband gets my son up in the morning and they are gone off to school/work by the time i get home. i go straight to bed when i get home and sleep until 1500 when my son gets off the school bus. on the days i go to work at 2300 i get my son into bed before i get ready for work, on the days i have be there at 1900 my husband gets to do that.

    so far it has worked out great for us. the most important consideration was my being home when my son gets home after school and us not needing day care for him after school.

    oh, and on the sleeping part: a definite no-no!
    Last edit by sonja77 on Mar 17, '07 : Reason: added some more info
  5. by   Imafloat
    My kids are in 10th, 7th, 4th, and 2nd grades. The little ones go to school at 730 and get home at 215. I work 700pm to 730 am. My husband gets the kids up in the morning and their lunches packed before leaving for work. My older children help the little ones get out the door because the older kids go to school later. I try to get home and in bed by 815, I then sleep until at least 215 so I get 6 hours of sleep. I usually will lay around and doze on the couch until 315 or so. I then get up and take a shower and help with homework, make dinner etc. I leave for work around 615. I am new to nights and have only worked my 3 12's all in a row. I usually only get 6 hours of sleep no matter if it is day or night sleep. Best of luck to you!
  6. by   lizzyberry
    weebabyrn I have the same exact dog He looks identical to yours. His name is Bruno. Great Dog!
  7. by   lizzyberry
    6hrs of sleep does not seem long enough but with help from other family members is def. key
  8. by   DutchgirlRN
    Quote from lizzyette
    The reason for my question is like how did u sleep during the day because kids are only in school for like 6 hrs. Then u have to pick them up wake up out of ur sleep and then watch them.
    6 hours was awesome for me. I worked nights when my kids were babies also. I dealt by feeling as though I was going through life with jet lag and never ever worked two nights in a row. I don't regret doing it even though it was very hard. 6 hours sleep was a real treat. I still didn't work 2 nights in a row when they were in elementary school. Good Luck Hon...
  9. by   lizzyberry
    Thanx for the tip I think I will work graveyard and have my mom watch them in the morning things will work out. Maybe i will have the same mentality like when my kids were babies-ur lucky to get a least 6 hrs of sleep and then when the kids get older ur sleep will increase!
  10. by   crissrn27
    Hi, I work 1900-0700 usually two days in a row but sometimes 3. My kids are 11,9,and 3. You guys are better than I am, my mom watches them till around 1630 so I can sleep. I just can't come in and go to bed for some reason, its usually like 1000 before I can sleep. Then on my days off I want to sleep all day! But I like the stuff we do on nights (as opposed to days) and I really, really, really like not having to deal with managers and docs all the darn time.:spin:
  11. by   RNfloatpool
    I have 3 children 10, 7, and 4. I work weekend option (sat, sun 12 hour nights) I am there during the week for school activities and homework. Works great for childcare purposes although every weekend stinks!!!
  12. by   SitcomNurse
    Quote from lizzyette
    Hi I was just wondering if there were any rn's out there that worked the graveyard shift with smaller children like 1st graders. The reason for my question is like how did u sleep during the day because kids are only in school for like 6 hrs. Then u have to pick them up wake up out of ur sleep and then watch them. Can u maybe sleep during your shift for like an hour or so? :smilecoffeeIlovecof
    I have a 1st grader, and a 2 year old. I get home, bring him to school, (see my g/f's chat & hang) bring my 2yo home(she walks with us) and we nap, wake up get a 3yo(g/f's son) from his school, take them both to m:smilecoffeeIlovecof y house, lunch, nap for 2 hours, go get my son, and the 3yo's sister(same grade school) everyone one gts a snack, homework, I start dinner, Daddy comes home, the other kids leave, I nap again 730-930pm, before I leave for work at 10 pm. At work, I have 1 hour for my lunch break.. set the handy dandy alarm in my cell phone..... and ta daa!!! I've collectively gotten 5 hours sleep!
    I do that 3 days a week, and it has worked out so far. Thank God I have sucessfully passed on the sleep gene!

    On weekends, I nap in the mornin when I get home, and have my day, and nap before work again. wouldnt change a thing right now....although I did forget which job I was going to the other day, and had to refer to my calendar of activities to be sure I was headed in the right direction!!

    :smilecoffeecup: :smilecoffeeIlovecof

    coffeee......coffee coffee coffee!!!!!
  13. by   mom2michael
    I work Sun, Mon and Tues night and my son is in 2nd grade. My husband works from home, so he is able to get him up and on the bus in the am, I get home from work at 7:35 and I go straight to bed (usually, not an issue). I sleep until 3:35 when my son gets off the bus (it's his fav. thing to do...wake up mommy) and then I get up, walk on the treadmill for a bit, help make dinner, pack my meals and snacks, help with homework, chit, chat and leave for work at 6:20p.m.

    Sunday's are a bit rough, I usually have to try and stay up Sat night as long as possible and then get up early Sunday so I can get a decent nap on Sunday afternoon before work. My son likes to watch NASCAR races with the surround sound on during the afternoons, so I've gotten really good at sleeping with what sounds like race cars through my bed....

    Wed. am when I get off work, I take a nap for about 3-4 hours and I try to get up by noon.....then I can switch back to day hours for my 4 days off.

    It works pretty good except when I get thrown out of whack by having to pick up an extra shift here and there.....

close