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Could You Work Nights?

I've quickly become a fan of the show Nurse Jackie, but every time I watch it I am reminded that I wouldn't be a productive night shift employee.

It's clear some careers offer more appeal than others, and nursing is both rewarding, heroic and challenging, but just the idea of finishing the workday in the wee hours of the night and coming home to breakfast makes my stomach turn. I am sure I could train my body to function on a unique schedule, but don't think I could make the life sacrifices that go along with the unorthodox job. Could you work in the midnight hours?

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zabrow zabrow 8 years
i'm starting as a night nurse this week... orienting on the 3-11 shift for a month or so & then going to the 11pm-7am shift. i'm nervous about it, but it was between that or no job at all, so i'll take it.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I work second shift a lot, which isn't so bad. I typically get off at 10 pm, which isn't terrible. I don't think I could do the night shift though. One of my friends in the lab does the overnight shift sometimes and she absolutely hates it because her natural circadian rhythm gets really screwed up. I don't know, but I think even if you did get 8 hours of sleep, sleeping during the night hours would be a lot more restorative than sleeping during the day. My grandma worked 3rd shift as a CNA for like, 30 years and she probably only managed to get 6 hours of sleep most of the time. Even though she's retired now, her body's still not always on a normal schedule.
Frenched Frenched 8 years
I think it would be fine. I think anyone can get used to anything. I've always wondered what it's like to come home with the whole city is sleeping. It must be more relaxing, no?
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
I used to work nights and loved it. It was somewhat tricky with a new baby, but I made it work. My mom and sister were and are night nurses, yes you snack but they also do that during the day. As long as you keep healthy snacks around you won't get fat.
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
If it was between night shift and bankruptcy, yes. But I read an article once about how night nurses gain weight because they're always snacking because they have low energy, so I'd be afraid it would make me fat!
mek123 mek123 8 years
I did it in college for one semester, worked 11 PM until 7:30 AM and then class until noon and slept the afternoon away. It was tough and I remember always being tired but doable.
heatherhas heatherhas 8 years
No. I live to be out in the sun (hence my career choice). Working at night would not be good for my health.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
just personally i wouldn't like it i like knowing i work conventional hours like everyone else in my life but i could train my body to do it probably
supercoolnat supercoolnat 8 years
I used to do rotating day/night 12-hour shifts, and I won't ever do it again. I did my time, and now I'm in a job with regular work hours. While I was doing it though, I did figure out techniques for managing my sleep schedule and getting my body to adjust between days and nights.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Probably, at least to avoid the traffic.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
Absolutely not. I'd rather get up earlier in the morning than work nights. I'm least productive at night and I get sleepy and tired really early into the evening.
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
I would do it only if i had to (I wouldn't seek out those hours specifically). Its not impossible, just not my ideal
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i think that if i had to i could make it work. personally i think that it's possible to adjust routines and all that depending on what was really necessary. and with the way that the economy is right now - you kind of make due however you can if it means having a job that pays the bills.
Antioxidant Antioxidant 8 years
I usually get off at midnight from my job. I never thought I'd get used to it, but I prefer it now.
SDTransplant SDTransplant 8 years
I'm a night owl so I don't think this would be as difficult of a transition for me, but it's definitely not my first choice. I like the structure of 9-5 and being up when the sun is out.
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