nursing question

  1. How hard is it straight out of nursing school to find a job where you don't have to work nights or evenings or maybe just an evening once a week or so.

    I don't want to work too many evenings and miss the time when my kids are out from school and I'm not sure I can get my sleeping patterns worked out working nights.


    Thanks
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  3. by   FranEMTnurse
    Sorry dear, but if you want those hours as a fresh graduate, you won't have much luck, unless you apply for work in a physicians office, or a day treatment program.
    Most new hires, get the crappy stuff to begin with. Then after you have proven yourself to be dependable, conscientious, efficient, and a caring, hard worker, you'll have a chance at a better position.

    And by the way, all new hires have to pass a drug test prior to being hired, too.

    Hope this helps and, keep trying. What I mean is, don't just go by my say so. Check out all possibilities. There are literally thousands of positions available for nurses.

    Have you checked online, both locally and other places. There's also travel nursing if you'd be interested in that. etc.

    Maybe this info will give you some ideas, anyway.

    Good luck,

    Fran
  4. by   cannoli
    The hospital that I work at, has hired new grads for permanent days, so you might get lucky.

    I don't know the circumstances, but maybe they were clear that that was the only shift they could work, I don't know. It's also possible that the unit manager wanted the new grads on days where there is more support, and the more experienced nurses on the off shifts.

    But if you can get it, it's worth a try and good luck.
  5. by   Geeg
    Be very firm that you days is the only shift you can work, and that you would love to work in the wonderful evnvironment that the facility provides. That you would love to be part of their team. Sometimes, it works to toss their own bull right back at them. Oh, yeah, try the OR. Usually, the orientation takes forever and alot of it is daytime, and by the time that is done with, you might be able to get an outpatient job.
  6. by   ktwlpn
    Originally posted by RRH
    How hard is it straight out of nursing school to find a job where you don't have to work nights or evenings or maybe just an evening once a week or so.

    I don't want to work too many evenings and miss the time when my kids are out from school and I'm not sure I can get my sleeping patterns worked out working nights.


    Thanks
    There are probably positions outside of acute or long term care in your area that would fit..Most of us have put in many years of weekends,holidays and other shifts to get the shift we prefer-as for your sleep patterns-you can get used to anything as long as you accept that you gotta do what you gotta do....You probably won't get much sympathy here-as I said we have all paid (and continue to pay)our dues...Nursing is a 24/7 career......didn't you know?
  7. by   RRH
    Thank you for your input. Right now I'm researching different careers trying to find one right for me. I've always been interested in medicine.

    How hard is it to get a job in a doctor's office right after school. Do you work fairly normal hours there? What are the advantages of working in a hospital over a doctor's office? Also in a hospital how long do you have to pay your dues until you get the day shift?

    Thanks again
  8. by   MrsWampthang
    As far as doctor's office versus hospitals. The hours are more regular, but the pay isn't nearly as good, I don't think.

    I know at our hospital, new grads are on orientation on days for quite awhile before they are put on nights. This is due to the fact that there are usually more experience nurses on days as opposed to nights. So that may be something to consider.

    I got days within a year, simply because a lot of the day shift nurses are cutting back on hours or going part time. It does work out nice with my 10 year old son.

    Another way you can be assure of only working certain shifts is to go part time. In our hospital they are paid more because they don't get benefits.

    Good luck!

    Pam

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