Hi everyone, let me start out by saying that I understand that we need staff 24/7 in our business, and I admire those who are able to work nights and make it work out in regard to sleep, family aspects, etc..
I have worked both the day and night shift, and both have their pros and cons, there's no question about that. However, from many of the people responding in this thread, I get the feeling that you don't like the night shift as much as you dislike working days, which I think is unfortunate. I'm thinking, is this job of ours really that miserable and stressful that we avoid working during the day? Is that what you should want coming fresh out of nursing school, be a night owl, "holding the fort" ? I think it shows the failings on part of the employer. Also, have you considered the health aspects, like the adverse metabolic and cardiovascular consequences of circadian misalignment and the increased risk of breast cancer among women working nights?
I work nights myself every now and then, but I don't think it's healthy in the long run, and I think you miss out on social interaction, rounds with the doctors where you learn alot, etc. I'll rather switch to another nursing field and/or employer where the daytime working conditions are acceptable, instead of avoiding the problem by going all nights.