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Night Shift Life Schedule

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Specializes in Psychiatric Nurse (Intensive Treatment).

Hi guys,

I am a new graduate who is working night shift (7 PM to 7 AM) and am wondering about scheduling around night shift. My husband is starting college so it’s not particularly important that I be up during the day, and in fact I will probably keep my night schedule the same on my days off. What I’m wondering is how others schedule meals, the gym, and other activities around the night shift life.

I am straight nights, have been for 3 years. If I'm working I normally eat supper when I wake up (4-5pm), a meal and snacks at work, and breakfast when I get home. On my days off I wake up by 11 and do what normal people do 😂. I work out on my days off, and can normally squeeze in 30-45 min before work. Pre-covid I would work out on my lunch break , but the work gym is closed. I do anywhere from 2-4 12 hr nights in a row, and occasionally pick up a 5th for ot.

If you have other questions on my schedule let me know!

smiling_riley, BSN, RN

Specializes in Psychiatric Nurse (Intensive Treatment).

31 minutes ago, will_power27 said:

I am straight nights, have been for 3 years. If I'm working I normally eat supper when I wake up (4-5pm), a meal and snacks at work, and breakfast when I get home. On my days off I wake up by 11 and do what normal people do 😂. I work out on my days off, and can normally squeeze in 30-45 min before work. Pre-covid I would work out on my lunch break , but the work gym is closed. I do anywhere from 2-4 12 hr nights in a row, and occasionally pick up a 5th for ot.

If you have other questions on my schedule let me know!

Thank you! I’ve been playing around with waking up earlier or staying up later to fit in working out and having my free time. I know a lot of it is gonna have to be through experience as I get settled with my husband and both of our routines begin. I’m super into planning so I’m hoping to have a decent idea of how my normal week would look once I start working.

Been there,done that, ASN, RN

Has 33 years experience.

It does not matter how others schedule meals, the gym, and other activities.

Working the night shift is a challenge. You will need to figure out what works for YOU.

Best wishes.