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Working evening (3-11) shift - what do you do with your day?

Specializes in General adult inpatient psychiatry.

I'll be starting a 13-week contract on 2nd shift in about a week's time and it's been a while since I've worked 3-11. I know I could sleep in all day, but what do YOU do with your day-time while working evenings?

MN-Nurse, ASN, RN

Specializes in Med Surg - Renal.

I know I could sleep in all day, but what do YOU do with your day-time while working evenings?

Study

Housework

Yardwork

Grocery shop

Bank

Nap

Golf

Bicycle

Yoga

Read

Nap

Allnurses

Nap

Listen to music

Play music

Meet friends for lunch

loriangel14, RN

Specializes in Acute Care, Rehab, Palliative.

I get up about 1, go online for a while, eat, shower,pack food, go to work.

pinkiepie_RN

Specializes in General adult inpatient psychiatry.

Study

Housework

Yardwork

Grocery shop

Bank

Nap

Golf

Bicycle

Yoga

Read

Nap

Allnurses

Nap

Listen to music

Play music

Meet friends for lunch

You like to nap, don't you?

noyesno, MSN, APRN, NP

Specializes in Family Medicine. Has 10 years experience.

Wake up.

Eat breakfast.

Workout.

Go to work.

DreamyEyes

Specializes in Geriatrics.

Unfortunately, I could NEVER get into a routine when I worked 3-11.

Unless you would call waking up at noon, being lazy on the couch, then finally jumping in the shower a routine.

A nurse at my work who works 3-11 makes herself go to bed right after work and then wakes up at 8 am so she has the whole day to enjoy before going in.

OnlybyHisgraceRN, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC and School Health.

I used to get up around 9am, eat, work out, nap, then get ready for work. I always tried to take a nap prior to work. BTW - hated that shift.

I get up about 1, go online for a while, eat, shower,pack food, go to work.

This is about what I do.

NicuGal, MSN, RN

Specializes in NICU, PICU, PACU. Has 30 years experience.

I loved evenings!!! Got up around 9a if I didn't have to get the kids off to school, did my housework, grocery shopped or just laid on the couch and watched Lifetime movies lol I'm on days now and I feel like my house is falling apart! I really miss that time in the AM to get stuff done!

One1, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency, Pre-Op, PACU, OR. Has 3 years experience.

Get kids to school, work out, do housework, run errands, pack lunch and go to work.

i used to go right to bed at midnight, get up around 8:30 or 9:00, and have the whole day to run errands, do household repairs, shop, hit the bank and the grocery store, and then head in around 2:45 for a 3:15 shift. loved loved loved it. only one meal to serve, not much transit on/off unit for diagnostics, families cleared out by 8:00pm, new admissions still not awake from surgery-- sweet.

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, education. Has 15 years experience.

When I worked second shift, I basically rotated my entire schedule by 8 hours. Got up at 1pm, had breakfast, showered, went to work. After work, I did all the things that were normal for day shifters to do after work- go grocery shopping (24 hour store, no line at all at midnight!), cleaning (except vacuuming, didn't want the neighbors to complain), walk the dog, cook, whatever. Bed at 5am, lather, rinse, repeat. Single, live alone, and my only children all have four legs. Worked for me, might not work for everyone.

applewhitern, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU. Has 30 years experience.

I love working 3-11, but I don't have anyone at home but myself to worry about. I can sleep late and not have to get up to an alarm clock, which I like. I have all morning for appointments, shopping, etc., whatever. When I get home, I usually get online to check out the day's news, email, etc. Then whenever I feel like it, I go to bed, which is sometimes as "late" as 5 a.m. I am not a morning person, and I absolutely hate over-night shifts, so 3-11 is perfect for me. I have all morning for dentists/doctors, so don't have to take off work, or work around a schedule. If there is something going on around town, I can still attend, and get to work by 3. If I still had kids at home, this would not work. After I have finished online, I watch a little TV until I fall asleep. Yes, I guess you could call me lazy! I usually reserve my housekeeping stuff for days I am off.

RNperdiem, RN

Has 14 years experience.

I would look at my watch anticipating going to work all day.

Before running errands, I would wonder "do I have enough time to get this done before getting ready to go to work?" I never liked the feeling of having to ration my energy so I would have enough left in the afternoon to get through a 3-11 shift.

Now I work 7-7 days and it is simpler, I get up and go to work.

Having to anticipate going to work was like a dark cloud hovering over what was my free time.

I would look at my watch anticipating going to work all day.

Before running errands, I would wonder "do I have enough time to get this done before getting ready to go to work?" I never liked the feeling of having to ration my energy so I would have enough left in the afternoon to get through a 3-11 shift.

Now I work 7-7 days and it is simpler, I get up and go to work.

Having to anticipate going to work was like a dark cloud hovering over what was my free time.

I have found that "anticipatory dread" with both PM and night shifts. That is the one thing about day shift that I like. I wake up and get ready for work. There is no time to get sick over the thought of going to work like with PM or night shift.

ixchel

Specializes in critical care.

My husband has been on second shift for about 6 months now. It's been hard on him. At first, he slept a lot. He hated not seeing the kids at all so he would wake up to take them to school and the sleep the majority of the day. Now that summer is here, he gets to sleep in without interruption so he'll be up around 10, have a few hours with us, then leave for work at 2:00. He's much more pleasant to be around than he was sleeping all day. He actually gets things done now and wants to do them. Wasn't an easy transition, though!

Kayla.J.RN

Specializes in Labor & Delivery.

I have found that "anticipatory dread" with both PM and night shifts. That is the one thing about day shift that I like. I wake up and get ready for work. There is no time to get sick over the thought of going to work like with PM or night shift.

I have only worked a 3-11 shift a few times, to get a few extra hours in and cover someone else's shift... but when I did I hated it. I would constantly look at the clock all day and I felt like I couldn't get anything done. I would wake up, shower, check e-mails, watch tv, work out, eat lunch, and before you know it it's time to go to work.

I like working 7am - 3pm because I feel like I still have the whole day/night to look forward to.

Get up 7:30 or 8. Eat breakfast, read whatever I want, make bed and clean, do laundry, watch some tv if I have time, grocery shop, have lunch and get ready for work. Can do appointments if needed. Time flies. Soon its time to go to work.

K+MgSO4, BSN

Specializes in Surgical, quality,management. Has 12 years experience.

Try a 1300 - 2130 I would either go crazy cleaning and work out laundry etc. Or drag myself out of bed at 11 am.

And I work a rotating roster. A mix of lates, earlys (0700 - 1530) and then flip to nights for 2 weeks out of 6

I worked 3-11 as a CNA for awhile. I'd be in bed by 11:45 p.m., up at 5:30 a.m., run, study, walk the dog, pick up the house, run errands, head to class...I could get a lot done before 3:00!

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