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New CNA & Night Shift

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1Hey everyone!

I'm a new CNA that just got an offer to interview for a LTC/Rehab facility. The shift choices were 7-3, 3-11, and 11-7 with $9/hrs with a $1.25 shift differential and weekends only. I'll be starting nursing school in August. I was wondering if anyone has worked this shift in nursing school and how did you function goi g to class that Monday after working 11-7 on Sunday? I would have class 8:30-2:30 with a 30 min lunch. Is this something that doable? Sounds scary but I feel it's the best to give me time to study and work at the same time. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!

I work as a CNA and am currently finishing my pre-reqs. I just started working night shift (7P-7A) at the hospital, and I have class at 8:00AM on Mondays. Technically it's been doable, but it makes for a really long day to go straight to class after night shift--especially if you have to work Monday night too. I've talked to several nurses on my unit and they all recommend that once I start the actual nursing program, that I drop my hours and not work the night before class.

Does yours work where you work Friday night and work for Saturday and go in Saturday night to work for Sunday? Cause if you go in Sunday night, you're technically working for Monday right? That's why I chose weekends. I recently got moved to the ADN program and now found out that I have class M, W, and F. I have class 8:30-12:30 on Monday. I don't work the rest of the week until I go back NEXT weekend. I won't work EVERY weekend. It's just every other weekend from 11 PM-7 AM.

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mindofmidwifery, ADN

Specializes in ICU Stepdown.

I work 6pm-6am in a hospital and sometimes work Sundays and go straight to school after on Mondays. On Monday,s I have class from 8am-2pm so it is a very long day. Of course it's doable but it's definitely not ideal. I would definitely prefer doing 3p-11p.

How did you happen to stay awake? Did you record lectures?

mindofmidwifery, ADN

Specializes in ICU Stepdown.

How did you happen to stay awake? Did you record lectures?

Energy drinks. No, I don't record lectures I just take notes.

I can't really do energy drink. They're too much for me. Maybe I'll just have to see how it goes.