Last year, I was miserable, missing time from work, ready to go crazy, and exhausted, with an extended orientation on night shift. My manager wasn't sure I was going to be able to hack it.
Now I'm mentally stable, in my second full semester of graduate school for my MSN in Nursing Education, on day shift, have a social life, and am helping out with new grads and nursing students. I'm on a policy committee and my NM says she'd be willing to have me orient to charge nurse this year. I'm so much happier and comfortable in my position. I started in July 2009 and waited until April 2010 to start asking about switching to a days position. I filled in a few day shifts and even a few weeks, but didn't start FT on days until August. I've grown a lot and although I still have questions, I know most of my medications and my communications skills with doctors, colleagues, and patients have improved vastly!