So I just wrote an entire post and accidentally deleted it!!! It was the first time I did that but unfortunately I am pretty sure it won’t be the last! :(
Ok so let me try to rewrite this.
I am writing this as I sit in the patient and family (and occasionally staff) waiting room. It is crazy to know that my undergraduate years are almost over and I have landed this job which has placed me so close to where I want to be in 1 year when I graduate (an RN).
When I interviewed for this position, mid-interview I was told that I would be working overnights. My initial thoughts were “what? overnights? I will be at home in my bed sleeping at night!” but I quickly found myself replying “oh ok, I can definitely do that!”. Up until now, night time was for sleeping in my book! But, hospitals never sleep and neither do their staff so it was time to come to terms with reality that I may have to work overnights for a pretty long time.
For the past 5 weeks I have been working day shifts because I have been training but tonight is my first official graveyard shift. I’ve stayed up all night before but that was back in the day when I could stay out all night having a good time with friends but that is far behind me (it’s crazy to even say that because I am only 21!).
Whoever knows me, knows that I like my 7-8hours (preferably 10+) of sleep a night. Since this is my first night doing this, I had no idea how to prepare today. So I woke up at 9am and did laundry, went to the gym, cleaned the kitchen, did a homework assignment, and then attempted to take a nap. My nap lasted 3 hours and I literally woke up every 45 minutes and I don’t know why.
I took a vitamin B12 for the first time tonight because I’ve heard it really does help in promoting energy and I bought a venti iced green tea as well to help keep me going. I’m one of those people who fears being late so although my shift starts at 11pm, I left my house at 9:15pm (I only work 20 minutes away) because I was afraid I wouldn’t find parking! But of course I found parking 1 block away from the hospital within 10 minutes of looking. So I’ve been here since 945pm trying to keep myself busy before I start my shift.
I am hoping that the excitement and busyness will keep me going and I can get through my first overnight shift! I guess it’s just a matter of figuring out what works best for you so with trial and error, I will have preparing for this shift perfected.
So I guess it’s time now to go get ready to start.