Which Shift? - page 2

For all the hard working RN's out there, which shift to you recommend and why?... Read More

  1. by   canoehead
    Nights have really good potluck parties, and we get to run the unit the way we want- so long as it's put back by 6AM.

    Really, I like the independence, especially with OB where they would let you set the bed on fire so long as they either had a delivery or a good sleep- not one of those crampy whiny nights.
  2. by   Thunderkat
    I love days..... I thrive on the busy fast pace and It makes the 8 hrs seem to fly. I worked nights for a long time and loved it. But then my hubby became a whiner and I went to days to make him happy. Day shift is great for me......and I actually like spending time with the hubby.......hehehehehhee........
  3. by   BeachNurse
    Well I personally was a walking zombie with many physical ailments when I worked nights. Right now I work 7:30-4, M-F and feel much much better.
  4. by   PhantomRN
    Yep, I love night shift as well. The team work among the staff is great. I have done my time on days were no one can help you because they are <Busy>.

    We enjoy alot of freedom. There are many things we are allowed to do on nights that cant be done on days, especially after the docs get to know you they kind of give a Cart de Blanc (with in reason) to handle a situation so they wont be bothered.

    No admin to drive you crazy, by breathing down your back. I speak to my manager but most of the conversation is via Email. Gotta love that.

    I work the unit and it just so happens that the majority of the long time nurses work at night. So, there is alot of strength and knowledge at night.

    Oh yes and there is the food.....haha
  5. by   nilepoc
    Night shift is the place for me. 7p-7a

    There are less docotrs, and management is almost non existant. I feel like I get more input in the patient care, as the usual herd of docotors isn't at the bedside discussing every minute detail of the patients case. The doctors don't usually come looking for trouble either, they just want to sleep.

    And finally, the best traumas usually come in at night.
  6. by   deespoohbear
    I just went back to days 7a-7p after working 3-11 for 19 months! I switched basically for my family commitments and for more time off. I like days or evenings. Can't stand the night shift. My body feels like it is a zombie!! I have to sleep for 2 days before I feel normal again. Plus, my husband hated me working nights. I like to be home in the evenings again. I work at a small hospital and I enjoy being able to talk to the physicians about their patients. I have learned so much. As for management, I just leave them be and they leave me be. I am usually too busy to be concerned about their trivial matters anyway!!
  7. by   debbyed
    Just can't imagine working any other shift. I've always been a night owl and this shift just fits right in.

    The Sunlight gives me a headache and I burn like a lobster. It must be that vampire blood from way, way back. That must be why I love ER and prefer to sleep during the day.
  8. by   ICUBecky
    ick...i absolutely cringe rotating back to nights!! i love days. because you actually have a life!! even if you work 7a-7p you can still go home and go out to eat or hang out with friends. on nights (at least with me) my body can't get used to the sleeping schedules and i sleep ALL the freakin" time or i am ALWAYS tired i never see my boyfriend when i'm on nights b/c he works 6a-6p...and that really kind of sucks. yes...i agree that night shift is more laid back...but it is too laid back for me. it feels like my 12 hour shift is a 24 hour shift. at least with days, it is fast paced w/o lulls and they go quick. it also really sucks when you are driving into work on friday or saturday nights, and pass by crowded bars or know that all of your friends are going out, and you think "gee...and i am just now going to work". oh well...i just have to think all of my coworkers are in the same boat. they all have to rotate back and forth from days to nights too. needless to say...i have put my name on the long list to go day/evening.

  9. by   ICUBecky
    ick...i absolutely cringe rotating back to nights!! i love those days, because you actually have a life!! you can get home from work and go out to eat or hang out with friends...watch a movie. whatever. on nights (at least with me) my body can't get used to the sleeping schedules. i am ALWAYS sleeping or ALWAYS tired. my boyfriend hates it b/c i am...what he calls me...his little "grumpy nurse". i also never get to see him since he works 6a-6p. sure, i agree, that night shift is much more laid back...but to laid back for me. it makes me 12 hour shift feel like 24 hours. i also like days because the whole team is there. a lot of residents don't know what in the hell they are doing, so at least you have got the fellows or attendings to go to. working night shift, if you've got a problem with the resident...you have to page the attending and wake him up. they aren't very happy when this happens. what also sucks is when you are driving to work on friday or saturday nights, and pass by crowded bars or know that all of your friends are going out, and you think "i'm just now going to work". hey, i'm still in my early 20's...i could think of better stuff to do on those nights. the only thing that keeps my sanity, is knowing that most of my coworkers have to rotate back to days and nights too. needless to say i have my name on the long list of day/evenings. that's all i gotta say about that!!
  10. by   KellyandtheBoys
    I work night shift (7p-7a), but, I don't really like those hours. It's just more convenient for baby sitting. I like the people, the work load and less orders. So, there is more time to spend with patients. I just am not really a night person. However, I only work one or 2 days a week. So, it really isn't so bad.
  11. by   Doey
    Nights for me. I did second shift for 7yrs and never thought I'd work nights. But when I changed jobs that was the only thing available. Took awhile to get used to but now I wouldn't go back. I like the greater autonomy and no head honchos around to bug you with stupid things. We all work together like a well oiled machine. Our night sup is great. And because I work in a community hospital you always seem to know what strange or emergent thing is going on elsewhere. Plus codes are great. Not 50 people hanging around all trying to get next to the patient at the same time. It's convenient too for me because I do grocery shopping when I get out on my way home or get to the sales earlier than anyone else. (great for around the holidays!). And yes, there's always food. Any reason for a potluck!
  12. by   NurseTami
    Yep, 7P-7A for me too!!!! I work three nights a week, hate being away from my wonderful husband at night, but he is self employed and so can spend the days I have off with me. The kids are all in school, so i drop off the size small at school elementary, and go to bed. I get up when the teens come home to go get her. If no school no problem, big kids watch little kid, mom wears earplugs, sleep is no problem.
    I noticed I sleep a lot less and feel a lot better, i used to sleep from 9P-5A, and I was tired ALL the time. Now I don't even sleep when I have been off then have to go in, and when i have the night off, I oly nap when i get home, then stay up.
    I have no problem be-bopping between the world and nights.

    The best part is the lack of Nurse Managers on nights, and the camaraderie (did I spell that right?) I feel with my co workers.
    I am never going back to Days, and I did Days for 13 years!
  13. by   Mijourney
    Hi. This question has come up before and I responded, but I can't remember how I responded. So, I will answer based upon my feelings today.

    If I had to work fulltime, I like shifts that will allow me to do what I need to do to establish a balance between work and family.

    Nights are good. For fulltime, I would prefer to work just two nights for twelve hours each night and get income equivalent to five days per week. I could work an additional six to eight hour shift during the two week period. Or, I could work three nights per week for ten hours.

    Days are good too. Again I would only want to work in shifts of ten or twelve hours. I must admit my body cooperates better for work during the day.

    Ten or twelve hour shifts would work for me in any setting. I've tried working five days a week before. I never was able to make it work for me and my family.