Well I finally graduate in May, and I just took a job in the neonatal intensive care unit for an internship. I'm excited because I'm actually going to work at the same hospital I was born at! Any advice for new grads in the NICU and how to make the transition to night shifts would be greatly appreciated!
Mar 27, '02
Brandy Congrats!!! As a nurse who has worked nights for many, many years, (most by choice!) I want you to know that there are advantages to working nights! You can always schedule an appointment (I suggest early or late in the day) take your car in for service (have them take you home and bring the car back when it is done), run those quick errands when everyone else is at work, even schedule an occasional lunch out with non-working friends. After having worked nights for so long, I have trouble trying to figure out when I'm supposed to do all this stuff that used to be so easy to find a good time to do. I guess its all in what you get used to. There is a special comraderie between staff at night. And there is a special feeling of a hospital at night. It is very quiet, in a very special way, even if there is a lot of noise. Enjoy the night shift and think of me every so often. I'll envy you your job.
Last edit by judy ann on Mar 27, '02