Since patient population on any given unit is unpredictable, the best plan of action is to always be ready in case the census goes way up. When the census goes down, use that time to regroup in meetings on the unit talk about ways to improve the unit, move things around, restock items that need restocking, and have a session of laughter and eating as a team to bring everyone together again.
I never have believed in working a shift that goes against the way I am as a person. I know many nurses who will take a shift just to get their foot in the door, and remain on that shift even though they hate it because they are afraid they won't get hired on the shift of their choice.
Women...we need a big boost in the way we think about ourselves. We are worth making more positive choices for ourselves, so why do we keep on "settling" for the "leftovers"?
New grads.........don't start out taking a shift "just to get your foot in the door" when you know that you know that you know it is NOT a shift that would reflect the best of you while working!
Hit the panic button....think clearly about what shift would tie into your lives and would you be comfortable working that shift...and hold out for that. You'll be glad you did.
If you hate working 12 hour shifts..........don't work them.
If you hate working days, nights, or evenings......why hire on to that shift?
If you're married and work opposite one another, and by doing so your marriage is suffering.........what's more important? You married for life....jobs come and go.
is the key to managing schedules and shifts offered to you before you hire on. If you already have a job, and the shift you are on isn't working for you or your home life, get out of it and pick one that best suits you.
We claim to desire CHOICES in nursing, well it's up to us to bring those CHOICES to a reality for ourselves....who else will do it for you if you don't?