I'm a young woman (24) that just recently graduated nursing school. Yay! I landed my first job at the top hospital in the city, very difficult to do. It also happens to be my dream facility, and state hospital of the school I graduated from. However, in order to do so, I had to turn down my day shift offers at other hospitals, and except a night shift position.
Basically, I work 3 12-hr shifts a week. So I'd work 7p-7a three nights in a row, then be off work altogether for 4 days. I also work every 3rd weekend.
This is a temporary situation for me. Obviously I had the option of day shift somewhere else, but in order to get into the biggest hospital (with the best salary, benefits, and resume booster) as a new graduate, you have to pay your dues on night shift.
I will be switching as soon as a position comes up. It could be as soon as a couple months if I'm very lucky, or up to a year if I'm not. If it gets close to a year, I'll have enough experience to grab a day shift position somewhere else in the hospital if my floor is unable to offer it to me.
I also will do a night/day switch during the week. So on my 4 days off, I'll be a "day walker" as they call it. I'll still need some understanding over my sleeping needs though, as this will likely take a bit out of me.
So my question is, would you be willing to put up with this situation for 8 months to a year if you met a woman you really liked? I ask because I was talking to a new guy recently, and he pressured me into taking the day shift at different hospital. When I chose the night shift because it was my dream location and I knew it wouldn't be forever, he pulled back a lot and is barely talking to me now :/
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I worked midnights for years, including weekends too. In my opinion, it is just as easy as working days. You just have to have the right frame of mind. Too many people are stuck with the idea that Friday and Saturday nights are your go out night. Bars and restaurants are open 7 days a week. The problem is dating someone who works 9-5 Mon to Fri and thinks nobody works beyond those hours. Lots of guys out there work shift work. I think most will understand and make it work.1