Been on nights for a month and... - page 2

I like it! I am so surprised! I was very anxious about it for a long time, but am happy to report things are going well. I thought I would post to support those who have nights in their futures... Read More

  1. by   whichone'spink
    I used to work evenings as a unit secretary, which gave me insight into both the shifts. For a new nurse, nights is better. Less people to deal with, and there's more of a team environment on nights, at least where I work. If my body can't take nights, then I will switch to days, but for now, I'd rather work nights.
  2. by   Orca
    My mother worked almost her entire career as a night nurse. Some people love it. I did quite a bit of it but eventually had to get off nights because it isn't compatible with family life.
  3. by   krimicrat
    I have a husband and three kids, 10, 7, and 4. What has made things much easier is that my husband works from home. The kids start back to school soon too, which will be good for them too.I figure I better make the most of nights. I'm on the days list, but I'd much rather be happy while I'm waiting for my day spot. So I'm focusing on the positives of the shift: I see my family more, it's a better learning environment, more money, and it's fun! We laugh a lot at night
  4. by   That Guy
    I love working nights, but our population is so weird at night....
  5. by   PacoUSA
    Been on nights for 2 weeks now ... love it! I was put right into nights because I had done days during my rotations as a student on the same unit. Love the quiet, and love the reduced foot traffic. Days were always hectic and too noisy.

    To think I am getting paid a night differential for this
  6. by   DeLana_RN
    I was doing fairly well a month or two into night shift, but now - after 5 months - I can't wait to go on days (put in my request, but manager has to hire a replacement first...) I have absolutely no energy, manage to exercise only once a month (used to be 3+ times a week), gained weight/can't lose, on my days off all I want to do is sleep, sleep poorly during the day... etc etc. And it's hard on my young kids as well.

    More power to those of you who can do it, but I'm counting the days - make that nights - I still have to endure.
  7. by   Stephalump
    I mentioned to my doctor that I was thinking about working nights and apparently he is strongly against it, due to my adrenal insufficiency. I knew I wouldn't be able to flip A extreme sleep schedule changes make me really sick, but it didn't even occur to me that simply being on the night shift would be a lot of stress on my system.

    Could be a reason why some of y'all normally healthy people turn into vegetables after a few months on night shift?

    So I'm not a morning person and I'm not allowed to be a night person. I need an eventing shift.
  8. by   KaeliF
    What kid of sleep schedule do you follow? I just started nights and I HATE HATE HATE it, which is really bad because in my particular area there is an overabundance of nurses (rather than a shortage) and I'm very lucky to have my job (especially considering I'm a new grad) and my hospital definitely does not need day shift nurses right now, so I pretty much just have to suck it up and figure out a way to deal.
  9. by   krimicrat
    I work three 12 hour shifts per week. I try to work three on, four off. The day of my first night shift I try to take a nap in the afternoon. This usually doesn't work so well. Then I work that night, come home and take my 4 year old to daycare. I get home and go to sleep by 8am. I sleep till three or four, then get up, get my son, a make dinner. I leave around six for work. Repeat this until the morning after my last night. Then I sleep till one or two, wake up and will go to sleep with the family that night. Then I'm on days till my first night and the whole thing repeats.if I have trouble I'll take a Benadryl, but that is rare. I have darkening shades for my window, ear plugs and a fan, and eye covers
  10. by   anotherone
    i prefer to work nights but can not always get all my shifts schrduled together. if i have more than 4 off i may switch to days. sometimes that is getting more and more difficult to do. once i do it, i realize how much i miss out on sleeping the day away and up all night watching tv .....
  11. by   OnlybyHisgraceRN
    I go to nights in Sept. looking for a less chaotic shift but not looking forward to turning into a vegatable on my days off. Sigh... I prefer day shift but right now I'm grateful to just have a job...
  12. by   DedHedRN
    I lasted 6 weeks on nights. I found a day job.
  13. by   DedHedRN
    Where I work, night shift is just as busy as day. I have a new respect for night shift people now.