Hi Mrs NICUNurse, when I read your post, it hit home right away! My first job out of school was in adult ICU on nights (which I did not enjoy), so the entire time I was looking for any OB (L&D, PP, NICU) jobs, which is what I always wanted to do, but all openings were for nights and I was not thrilled about starting at the bottom in a new place. After not having much luck with finding an OB job, I decided to just look for any outpatient day jobs because I was so done with nights, for the same reasons that you listed. Then, this past May, I found a NICU nights position at a great hospital where I used to work as a CNA for a short time, so I applied. It was between that and a day shift neuro clinic (which I gained interest in while being at the ICU) and I picked NICU because I always wanted to try it and knew if I passed it up, the opportunity might have never come around again. The place is great, the staff is super nice, manager is amazing...but switching to a day shift I was told during the interview takes "years"....like, almost ten years because the turnover is so slow...I'm not sure if I really want to do bedside nursing forever, and wait to work days in a hospital either since it is crazier so the "boring" outpatient clinic/surgery/GI type of environment sounds great.So I am torn now. I am exhausted of working nights (going on my 5th year now) but I know that I have it good where I am at and I do enjoy it. I don't want to work holidays, some weekends could be manageable, but I am also worried about the difference in income since I wouldn't be getting shift differential anymore, and my loans still have a waaay to go. At my current place, one has to work 9 months before being able to transfer between positions within the system. I was thinking about talking to my manager that I want to cut back on hours because I can't do nights anymore (which she knows I do not prefer), and looking for a part time days position. I know the flip-flopping would not be great but that way I have a place to fall back on in case I don't like the day position and I don't loose my seniority, experience, benefits, etc. I could do 16 hrs somewhere during the day and 16/20 in the NICU at night... this is all a roughdraft in my head right not but I am seriously considering not being able to last on nights for much longer than another year. I also wanted to work in clinics ideally since I like patient education, especially in women's health, but as brownbook mentioned, clinics deal with their own stress/time constraints, issues. If anyone can shed some light on my situation I would greatly appreciate it!