HI there fellow nurses, I'm a new grad (graduated December 2013) and have been working as a registered nurse for the last 9 months. 6 months in Acute Medicine and the last 3 months in Leukemia / Bone Marrow Transplant. I am tired ALL THE TIME.My schedule generally is as follows 2 day shifts (0700-1900) followed by 2 night shifts (1900-0700) after which I get either 4 or 5 days off. This depends on the week. Keep in mind there are no other shift schedule options available where I work. All nurses work 2 days 2 nights unless you shift trade to get all days / all nights which can be complicated....My question to you all: If you have a schedule similar to mine, how do you cope? With the physical, mental, and emotional demands of my job I find that I am too exhausted on my days off to do much of anything at all aside from sleep and laze around. My house is a mess. I haven't been able to stick to a regular exercise plan. I feel like everything is falling apart! When I'm at work I find that I can do nothing apart from work. I get up go to work, go home, sleep, repeat. Then switch to nights where I sleep in, get up go to work, sleep all day, go to work, sleep, and then try to transition back to a daytime schedule. Does anyone have any tips for dealing with the mental / physical / emotional exhaustion during my work days so that I have more energy to put towards fulfilling activities (and towards household chores) outside of work? Thank you so much I really appreciate any advice you may have!!