Quote from irvine123
you will be alright, some people sleep 3-4 hours a day with kids and work night shift.
Sorry, but that's pretty flippant advice- the people doing 3-4 hours while trying to watch kids isn't a good idea- It's dangerous to be a nurse and be chronically sleep deprived- either your health will suffer, or your patient's and eventually both WILL be affected
I used to work full time, 12 hour shifts, straight nights (0.60) and the ONLY reason I was able to do it with a kid was because at that time my husband was a stay at home parent, finishing his Phd and doing online adjunct work
That meant I was able to come home, go straight to bed, and not worry about anything else except sleep and making it through my next shift
OP please disregard this advice of "you'll be alright" take your sleep and health seriously, but it sounds like you probably do already
Last thing I'll say is a small minority of people are able to come home from NOC shifts and go straight to bed with no meds other help- most of us need some kind of pill- remember, we are reversing our natural sleep schedules here- humans are diurnal not nocturnal - if you want to stick with NOC shifts, I suggest you learn to get over that not wanting to take pills thing- other things that helped me, room darkening curtains, white noise and a sleep hypnosis app