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Last Night Shift as RN EVER!! Advice and Tips Plz

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by Fergbi Fergbi, BSN (New Member) New Member Nurse

Fergbi has 4 years experience as a BSN.

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 I have been a nurse for over 4 years, and have browsed allnurses.com for years but never posted. Today I want to share that August 15th, 2019 is my last night shift ever! I want to know what to expect as I transition back to a normal schedule. I was working 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. for the past four years. I now will be working 3 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. To nurses that have worked night shift for years then transitioned to days, what changes did you notice in your mood, health, habits, Etc.? I am a morning person by nature, so this will be an excellent change for me. I have struggled with chronic depression ever since starting nights, and I hope that the depression will go away or at least be minimized greatly once I work days. Any and all comments are much appreciated! Also any tips on transitioning or new habits to get into are appreciated!

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I am thrilled for you. I never did nights long term, but welcome to the land of the living.

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SummerGarden has 10 years experience as a ADN, BSN, RN and specializes in ED and Acute Care.

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As a person who has worked NOCs for over a decade 7p-7a, midnight - 8:30 am, 21:00-5:30, 22:00-6:30, and 23:00-7:30 shifts for different positions.  The transition to Days was not hard physically when I made the move and so there is no real preparation you must make in my opinion.   The only problem I had were dealing with frontline politics at work and having to work during the time of day I like to be free to do other things.  In fact, being on Day Shift quickly reminded me of why I choose to work NOCs for such a long time!   

So, I have moved to PMs 15:00-23:30.   It is the best of both worlds because there are no Day shift politics and I wake up with the Sun free to do as I please every morning of every day similar to a night shifter.  

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