Hi! Congrats on being a new nurse. Adjusting to working nights in easier for some than others. I've been working three tens for two years now and I still struggle some weeks with fatigue and losing time with family on days off when i just need to catch up on sleep. That being said there are some things you can do to make is easier on your body, here are my tips:
Have blackout curtains in your bedroom.
Have a fan or other source of white noise. You want to drown out all the noises and activity outside.
Go to the bathroom right before bedtime.
Turn off cell phone if possible.
Eat a light breakfast before bedtime. (No caffeine after 9pm for me.)
Wear sunglasses on your drive home in the am. This helps the body prepare for sleep.
Let friends and family know your schedule, and don't be surprised if they don't understand why you can't just go out whenever they want. Stick up for yourself...you need sleep to function.
On days off I take a quick nap when I get home then go do stuff with my husband. Hopefully that night I can get to sleep on a normal schedule but if I can't I just get up and go do my own thing in the living room.
Hope that helps...it's really not ideal but it's doable for a period of time. If all else fails and you just can't fall asleep..I take 1/2 tab of Unisom and that helps sometimes.