Quote from CardiacDork
Has anyone voluntarily switched from days to nights out of desire to do so? What was the transition like? I work days in a level one trauma center in the Medical/Cardiac ICU. I'm thinking about approaching my manager about switching to nights. I am naturally a night owl and am not a morning person.
I've been doing days since day one of being a nurse and have only picked up a few nights for overtime. Although I did feel sleepy, I did enjoy those nights more so than days. My shift change differenntial is also 6 dollars more!
My biggest worries are health related. Particularly weight gain.
Voluntarily? Believe it or not, not everyone wants to work days. I've seen a lot of night nurses refuse to be moved to the day shift, for a variety of reasons.
My husband used to work a rotating schedule in the ER, CCU/CSU and the SICU, and he never really noticed a transition between the two shifts. One thing we both do as night nurses, though, is get our full 7-8 hours right before our shift. Then we wake up, shower, have something to eat and go to work, just like a day person would. I've know people who break their sleep into 2 naps, and they're generally exhausted all of the time.
Also, our windows have blackout curtains, a fan is always running, we have a note so people don't ring the doorbell, and phone ringers are off.
As far as weight gain goes, we've never had a problem. I think, for the most part, if you don't want to gain weight, then just watch what you're eating.
Enjoy the nights!