The other day I got a text to work night shift, 7p-7a. Well by the time I read the text it was already 3 pm & needless to say I wasn't going to get very much sleep beforehand if I was to work that shift so I compromised & told the floor supervisor that I would work until 2 am. Now mind you this is my first hospital job & working nights was of course something I'd never done, so I was interested to see what it was all about.
Can I just say how much I love night shift? I mean talk about a MUCH more relaxed environment, I mean whoa the difference between night & day is, well, like night & day ;) If you've worked night shift you know EXACTLY what I'm talking about. No baths, no feedings, no visitors, no office personnel, I mean strictly meds & paperwork. Uh hello night shift glad to have met you.
So here's what I'm thinking. I never thought I could do night shift. I always thought I'd be WAY too tired & that I'd never get my sleep cycle to function that way, but of course I've never tried. The night shift nurses look pretty perky if you ask me, actually better than the day shift nurses. So now I'm thinking I might like to try that. Add to this the fact that they get paid more, hello! It actually looks pretty good to me, but of course I was only there until 2 am :D I don't know that I could have done another 5 hours, especially since I didn't have any more vitals to get for 4 more hours & I was getting sort of sleepy by that point. BUT had I napped before hand, who knows? I'm thinking the best hours ever would be to work Tuesday day & then Wed & Thur nights. Three days in a row but only 2 nights. Sounds good, but that's just a theory until I've actually done it huh?
It's something to think about anyway.
Any night shift nurses out there with advice?