Day shift or night shift - Which do you prefer? Why? - page 5

There are pros and cons to choosing a preferred nursing shift. But what is right? I mean - if you haven't tried it how will you know. What is your current working shift? Do you like it? What... Read More

  1. by   Gods_nurse
    Worked day shift for years while my son was growing up in a single parent family and I was caring for my mother. But I was always exhausted even tho I consider myself a morning person. Just too difficult with all the consults, doctors, management, 3 meals a day, p.t./s.t./ and o.t. meeting with the pt. and fitting in all the 0900 meds. Altho the day shift has a strong shift charge nurse there is too much happening for my taste.
    Now work night shift and love it, but my son is grown and mother is past away. But it is not the hurry, hurry, hurry atmosphere. More time with pt care, care plans and pt education. More time evaluated the pt's diagnosis and looking at labs and evaluating conditions, not just a medication passer. Like it on night shift and want to stay there.
    As far as team work and co-workers, I think, where I work, things are a lot worse on night shift because management is not there to see what goes on. People do a lot of back biting and gossiping.
  2. by   crn26
    I have worked both. I worked nights for two and a half years on a med-surge unit. I started out my nursing career on nights. Nights was good for me because it was slower and I could really get learn my nursing skills. Nights was either really busy or it was manageable. I learned how to be a good nurse. Night nurses really have to work with one another because there are not the same amount of people around to help. I learned when I really needed to call the doctor and what was worth really freaking out about. One of the cons was the horrible schedule and wreckage it did to my body. I gained alot of weight on nights and I was always tired. I was tired for two and half years.
    I have been for working for days for about three months on a neuro/med-surge unit, and it is so much busier. I have to deal with all the tests, doctors, and families. Dealing with the families is one of the biggest differences. The pace of days is so much more intense vs nights. I am constantly going and rarely get to sit down. But I am sleeping much better and that counts for alot. So this is just my opinion on the topic.
  3. by   amygarside
    Night shift. Less visitors, more peaceful.
  4. by   Dalzac
    When I first started hospital work Imy kids were pre-school and I worked 3-11 and had a good baby sitter. I wasn't a fan of evenings I thought it messed up your whole day couldn't do anything before or after my shift. When they were in school I worked days I hated it just hated working day I never had enough time to complete any of my patients care. Then I went to 11-7 I just loved it. No sleep diprivation nothing I slept while the kids went to school Since they were old enough to take care of themselves.......Wrong. I had to go to days again because my house was party central!!!LOL But after that I went back to nights and stayed there for 20 something years. I have worked all shifts and nights will always be my preferred shift. I can't sleep at night but I can sleep in the bright sunny days. My body is attuned to nights even after retiring in 2005.
  5. by   CruisNrn
    Night Shift for me. I have two young teen girls and they are very active in school which makes it seem as if I am working a second job driving them here and there for school. It frees me up for them and other things I may have to do. Working nights I've noticed there is less "politics" and drama. I also have more time to actually read charts, HH and previous nursing documentation. I find that keeps me informed because as we all know some things are not passed down shift to shift in report and a lot of times the things that are forgotten are important. What scares me is that there are health dangers associated with working nights. Even when I'm not working I get my energy when the sun goes down. I remember one night I went to Walmart at 2 am, lol
  6. by   Aradien
    I prefer evening shift (3p-11p) myself. I like it because it doesn't matter whether it is summer or winter, I always go to work in the day light and go home when it is dark.

  7. by   msalt
    I love late shifts, 1300-2130,
  8. by   the healer's art
    i'm a PCT not a nurse but I work days. I like it because I'm young (23) and so I can hang out with friends and do social things after work. Plus I'm not tired all the time. I think my goal is to never work nights, but you guys sure do make it sound like fun!
  9. by   feline.paws
    Somehow working nights means being away from managers that don't do much but look over everything you do. In our area, there is a closer knit of staff that work together as a team compared to day shift. i have been working from 7p to 7a for the past 13 + years and the only regret I have is that days off are spent sleeping instead of doing something else. I am a mom and I get to be home when my child comes from school...have time for homework and by the time I leave the house for work, we had dinner already.
  10. by   armyicurn
    Why everyone hates the boss? I ignore mine.
  11. by   REDvelvetRN
    Days. nights make you go insane. Plus you family is on the opposite schedule. when you are at work they are home sleeping.
  12. by   mlimoges
    I work mainly evenings (3-11) and nights (11-7 or 7-7 depending vehicle job) and I have to say I prefer it! I'm not a fan of days, solely because I've never been a good "night sleeper" and when I know I have to be awake early my body wakes me up every hour thinking I'm going to be late! And then I'm dog tired for my shift
  13. by   loriangel14
    Love nights and evening. I am NOT a morning person and for some reason I sleep better during the day than I do nights.