New grad night shift single mom

  1. Hi Guys, I am a new grad who is starting a new grad training program in August in L&D. My question for you is how to adjust to night shift, 11-7. I am a single mom who has a roommate to help but would like tips regarding sleeping, parenting and surviving. I am in my late 30s and have some life experience but to be honest, I'M SCARED! Suzanne
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  3. by   NurseyBaby'05
    How old are your kids Suzi? Are they school age? Working nights would be close to ideal in that case.(After summer, that is.) Come home, get kids to school and go to bed. Can you make similar arrangements as when you were in school? Will pray for you. It will all balance out, I'm sure.
  4. by   rollingstone
    Congrats on graduating. Being scared to start a new gig is normal. When you work MNs and sleep during the day it's vitally important to black out your bedroom to sleep. You can do this the cheap way by covering your windows with aluminum foil or spend money on drapes or blindes. During summer when it's hot air conditioning is a great help. Good luck.
  5. by   BrodiesMommy
    I am too a single mother working nights from 7pm to 7am, it can be hard, but luckly the father of my child watches him at night and when I sleep during the day he watches him or my parents do. Just on the days I dont work, I still wake up early. It took my body a while to adjust, but it did. Good luck!