Thanks, I feel like regardless of whether I'm a night owl or not, I think this is good practice because I know that often new nurses are offered night shifts, so I will likely end up working nights at some point, I think it's good to get a feel for it now.
Yeah, I know that it can be hard to adjust the sleep schedule, I'm hoping the fact that I'm pretty easily able to fall asleep regardless of conditions around me (lights on, middle of the day, with noise, etc) that I should hopefully be able to adjust.
I've been working at least two jobs for at least 5 years now, so I think I would be lost without having so much to do. It is just me, I have a dog, but I also have a roommate who is willing and able to help out if really needed, but my dog is pretty low maintenance. Luckily my third job of doing door dash isn't something anyone is making me do, it's solely for me to have peace of mind that I will have the means to cover all my bills and get food/gas and necessary items. Unfortunately, there isn't any room for me to slow down on paying off debt, at my current job, the one I'm leaving my monthly take-home pay doesn't cover all of my minimum balances and the necessities, I'm about $200 under the bare minimum and that's not counting food and gas budget. With my second job added in, I can make enough to cover all the minimums and my food/gas/other expenses, but that only gives me $100-200 extra to put to going over the minimum payments on any of my credit cards. I'm following a snowball method and have gotten my credit card usage to only the very rare usage, but I am working as hard as I can to have my credit card debt paid off before I begin or just as I begin nursing school, which should be in 2 years. I know that I will need to cut back working when I'm in nursing school so there is a big push from me to get this handled before then. Unfortunately, my new job pays a little over $1/hr less than my current job, so there is absolutely no room for me to cut back on hours from my second job without making it up somewhere else.
Thanks, I appreciate your concern about the client I work with. He is in a safety bed that is zipped up so he can't get out if he should wake before I heard him. If I do nap, I am sleeping in the adjacent room. He is 7, but non-verbal and can be self-injurious (head-banging, hitting his head), the standing directions from his mom is to only enter his room if he is screaming/crying, otherwise, his mom is confident in his safety. When I do fall asleep I set alarms to wake myself about every 15 minutes so I don't fall into a deep sleep. I've been working with the family for 5 years now and there is a great deal of trust, so it would take something very major for his mom to come after me legally. I do see where your concern is coming from though, so again, I appreciate your concern.
I will be sure to keep you all updated, I appreciate all the input!