I have recently switched back to night shift (as I previously stated in my other post, into higher acuity the PCU), and I totally loving it oddly enough. It is definitely hard on your body, but I think being on a great unit with great people helps! I have completed my “preceptor days” and am now working on my own in this unit. Classes start tomorrow for extra education and training and there is a lot to learn, but I am definitely excited for the challenge. I feel like just in the last 4 short weeks I have learned and grown so much in my role, but have only touched the tip of the ice berg!
I think that my hardest challenge so far has been switching from computer to paper charting, there is no charting by exception when you have to write your assessment down by hand.
Anyway back to the night shift thing, I gave up my coveted day position and returned to the land of the night, and I can honestly say I am not looking back. It’s been about a month and I truly am ok with working nights, occasionally its more difficult to make plans with the day walkers, and get errands done, but in the overall scheme of things it isn’t so different from the day time its just perpetually dark. Definitely need to make sure to take a Vitamin D supplement as last time I was on night shift I fell into the deficient levels and was told by my doctor that I needed to supplement.
I thought it would be difficult to stay awake and that my system would hate switching back, but I think that my body tends to do slightly better with a night shift schedule as I am SUPER not a morning person (Those 5am wake up calls for me were brutal). Now that I work night shift, I have to plan seeing my family and friends more, but the pay is a bit better so it sort of evens out in the end.
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Until next time