(Closed) Night Duty?

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
1278 posts
Bumble bee

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
7293 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

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 # 6
1944 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

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
1361 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

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
2584 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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
44 posts
  • Wedding: March 2013

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!! Smile

Post # 10
1278 posts
Bumble bee

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 # 12
5106 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

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
927 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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
565 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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.

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