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Going from Mon-Fri 8-5 nursing job to 12 hour nocs


Specializes in ICU, psych, corrections. Has 8 years experience.

So, I've haven't worked nights since 2007-2008 and have been at a "normal" job (nursing) with a Monday through Friday, 7:30 to 4:30 and an hour for lunch kind of schedule. I just took a new position which will have me working Thur/Fri/Sat and every other Wed nights from 6pm to 6am. I'm nervous about going back to nights, although I did fine before and actually going to days was a really difficult transition for this night owl. But I am a different person now - I am a triathlete, marathoner, etc. and I love my routine day job in how it works for my training schedule. The job came with a big promotion - I will be a nursing supervisor and getting a $25k a year pay raise. It's 2 minutes from my house instead of my current job, which is 35 minutes from home. So there are a ton of benefits. I'm just a wee bit nervous about going back to nights. Any suggestions, advice? And are there any other RN's out there who are avid runners, triathletes that have worked their training schedule into their night shift schedule? If so, how? Thanks in advance!

Better to try it than not..there is no reason you can't train/exercise at night...I have worked M-F and for me, personally, I don't like it - though I am leaving a job making good money I loathe the 8-5 deal..I am going to be working a weekend position - less money - but it's worth the time off to me.