Hello, nurses- quick question.
I am a brand new baby nurse (6 months experience) working FT night shift in a pediatric hospital. I love pediatrics and can't really fathom the idea of working with adults...no offense to those who do! Anyway, that's irrelevant.
I have always been a morning person. Before starting my career, I'd barely make it to 10pm and then I'd be awake by 6:30 or 7am. Night shift has drastically changed my lifestyle for the worse; I've experienced hormonal imbalances, depression, social withdrawal due to constant sleeping, etc. The shift differential isn't even worth it to me anymore. Basically I feel as if I'm more cut out for days. My question is: is it appropriate for me, a new nurse, to ask my manager about switching to days? Should I be waiting it out until I hit the 1 year mark?
If things don't work out on the unit I'm currently on, I'm thinking about making the switch to another unit on day shift; either that or move facilities. Night shift has really taken its toll on me and I'm not sure if it's something I'm expected to "tough out" as a newbie or not. Help!