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Old 12-31-2007, 03:49 PM
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Nightshift.....I worked it for 5 years. The first year was great. I got plenty of sleep and loved working nights because the staff is generally more cohesive because you only have each other to depend on. The second year was good. I got a little less sleep but still managed to like what I was doing; besides, right after work I got to go right to bed, you can't do that with a day shift job. The third year was a bit more rough. I was having a hard time getting to sleep and a harder time staying asleep despite the fact that I wouldn't allow myself to get out of bed before the kids got home from school at 3pm. I didn't watch television to help put me to sleep and I had to quit reading because it just kept me awake. The forth year started to be a nightmare. I was barely sleeping, I was never getting out of my night clothes unless I "had" to go somewhere. The fifth year nearly did me in until I switched to a shift that I didn't have to work any nights. My goal working nights was so I could be with my children when they were home from school. I'd do it again just because of that reason.

Some people won't work any other shift, as for me.....I'm way too old!
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Old 01-10-2008, 01:41 PM
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I posted the following on Geena's blog ( http://www.codeblog.com/archives/gen....html#comments ):

For the past seven years I have worked as a Patient Care Services Supervisor from 2000 to approximately 0830 every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at a medium-sized hospital on the Pacific Northwest coast. I also participate in daytime, weekday management meetings. I have yet to adjust to the noc shift. I never feel rested, and my judgement is wobbly at times (staff certainly - and kindly - let me know when my brilliant problem-solving falls short of the mark). I miss sleeping at night. I miss puttering in the yard during the heat of the day. I miss sitting with friends in the shade of the picnic tree. I miss my brain, my joie de vivre, and I MISS THE LIGHT.

Last month, at age 55, it occurred to me that I have only have about 25 more summers to live. Consequently I have begun an employment search which will, if successful, result in a daytime job!

Looking forward,

Joy
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Old 01-10-2008, 03:29 PM
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I MISS THE LIGHT.
Sing it, sister!!! A-men!
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There is certainly something about realising what is important to you and going for it.

Good luck LesleyJoy in finding 'that job'
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Old 01-11-2008, 09:13 AM
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Working nights definately has its advantages. First, as everyone has said, you don't have to deal with management. Second, you get the night differential (extra money is always a plus), and third, you will share a close bond with your co-workers because everyone has to work together.

I am a night owl so staying up all night isn't a big deal. However, on those days where I am just drained, I will have half a can of an energy drink and that gets me through.

Be sure to eat well (no junk) so you can keep your energy levels up and maintain glucose supplies to the brain.

At home, cover up windows with a blanket or use foil (it really works!).

Good luck to you and I hope you enjoy the night shift!
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