Post # 1
Any other Bees work nights??
I’m a nurse and have just started ONLY working nights (for the money and because I like how much more quiet hospitals are when the lights are off, the visitors are gone and the phones aren’t ringing!!)
It’s only temporary though, I definitely couldn’t do it long term. I also can’t do more than 3 in a row or I feel like I want to die a little 🙁 haha.
How do those of you who work nights like it? And how many hours of sleep do you try and get through the day between shifts?
Post # 3
Back when I was in college I worked as a part time CNA (nursing assistant) at a small nursing home. it worked out great, because some nights in between rounds, there wasn’t a lot going on and I was allowed to bring homework with! Plus, the extra cash was great! Although, I am so glad I’m no longer doing night shifts, it really messed with my sleep schedule and caused a lot of issues since I only worked part time.
Post # 4
Great thread! Curios to see the replies!
I’m in the process of getting my CNA and I’d love to work nights, 3 – 12 hour shifts a week in the OB/Labor and Delivery. I hear many great things about it being much more quiet and chill 😉
Post # 5
It’s definitely more quiet and the last 2 nights I did I ended up sitting reading and playing on my phone between 1am-6am haha.
But sometimes you just don’t get a break and you’re run off your feet. And sometimes things go WRONG ie. people falling out of bed etc. etc.
Finger’s crossed my night tonight is quiet! (I should probably go for my afternoon nap soon!)
Nice to hear from other nurses! Are either of you planning to become registered nurses? I started out as a nursing assistant while I was studying and it was great experience!
Post # 6
I’m a nurse and been working nights almost 4 years now. I do enjoy it but I think I’m getting burned out a little. I keep my life on a day shift schedule. I work 7p-7a; one week is Monday, Friday-Sunday. The next week is only Wednesday and Thursday. I get up and go to bed as my hubs does on my days off. When I work consecutive days I sleep as soon as I get home and get up around 1-2 so I still have time with him and family. My one day shift is nothing to me and I only take a nap for about an hour prior to getting ready and when I get off only sleep for 3-4 hrs. My body is use to it by now. Somedays I’m more tired but I try to keep myself up for Darling Husband. Plus I feel like I’m wasting my day away if I’m sleeping through it. It won’t be like this forever but what I am doing works for me.
Post # 7
I used to work nights as a health care aide in a dementia cottage. Gooooood times. It drove me crazy, but I loved it all the same.
Post # 8
I give all you night bees so much credit, I could not do this. I considered working night shift (I work at Walmart, I’m in college) because of the extra money, but since I’m up all day for school I’d never be able to get more than 5 straight hours of sleep, which I can’t do anymore. Besides, I love when retail is super busy, I would get bored if there was nothing to do. Maybe I wouldn’t mind it as much in a position like nursing, but then I’d never be a good nurse anyway, haha.
Post # 9
I quite enjoy nights, but as far as surviving goes, I don’t sleep much the next day (maybe 2-3 hours when I get off, IF I don’t have a night shift the next night) but then I need my full sleep that night!!
Sometimes nights are a lovely change from the hustle and bustle of a morning though!!
Post # 10
Even though I worked through college as a CNA, I didn’t go to school for nursing. As much as I loved it, I wanted to work with kids, and be able to spend Holidays and weekends with family. I have many people in my family who are in the nursing field and have so much respect for all nurses! Hope tonight’s shift is slow, it doesn’t appear to be a full moon, so that will help!
Post # 11
I was SUPPOSED to be working tonight, but my agency cancelled me!
Now because I’ve slept all afternoon I won’t be able to sleep tonight. Argh!
Post # 12
I’m an x-ray/CT tech who works four nights a week in a hospital and there most certainly are aspects I love and aspects I hate.
I love that I get to work with a smaller group of laid back people…
I like that we see some craaaaazy stuff come in a fter hours…
I like that administration isn’t here looking over your shoulder…
I love that I get off on Friday morning and don’t have to be back until Monday night (I work only Mon-Thurs nights)
I hate, hate, HATE that I don’t get to sleep with my Darling Husband. :*(
I HATE that I always feel tired…
I hate that I can’t make plans when I know I have to work.
I hate that I always want to eat at weird times.
I hate trying to switch back and forth from normal to night sleep.
I’m always actively looking for day shift positions, but in my area, to say they are few and far between would be an understatement.
Post # 13
I’m working nights right now. I’m a nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. I like nights better because it’s a bit quieter, less visitors etc. but I’ve been working so many nights that I can’t sleep at night on my days off!
Generally I get home by 8am and try to sleep till about 1pm. I feel like I’m always sleep deprived and always tired but that’s shift work I guess…
Post # 14
I am a nurse, work in LTC, and love my 7p-7a shift. The people and laid back atmosphere is a nice change from the hustle and bustle of first shift, and don’t have administration breathing down your back the whole shift.
Hardest part is not sleeping next to the husband 🙁
I usually get home around 8 and sleep until 1:30 . There are times here or there that I only sleep until 11 or noon. I know it’s not the healthiest, but sometimes I just have too much going on to sleep in. I try to keep a day time schedule for the family’s sake.