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I get to work last night and the first thing I do is check my email.

you see, it’s time to sign up for the June schedule.( Yes, we do things months in advance around here).

On Friday,I sent my manager an email asking if I could go ahead and sign up for the June schedule on days.

Fingers crossed, I clicked on her reply:

“Due to nightshift instability( which she created by letting 2 people go part time or prn,)I am unable to let you go to days at this time. Maybe in August when a few people have come back from medical leave. I have also been unable to find quality staffing to replace you. Thank you for your patience.”

I swear I felt like my head was going to explode. I felt lightheaded and I just knew my blood pressure was sky high at that very moment.

Everyone says I need to invent a good lie to get me to dayshift. Something about Pookah and having no childcare of something. I’m like what, The fact that I need to save my sanity and my marriage isn’t good enough?

I’m so frustrated. I’ve spent the whole shift trying desperately not to scream. or cry. Or both.

The question is:what do I do about it?

There are lots of jobs for nurses out there. But 90% of them are for nightshift. The rest are for evening positions 3-11 or 12 to 8. I saw ONE job for days at an old job. I used to say never but now….

I’m almost desperate. But I don’t want to make rash decisions even in my desperation.

But I’m soooo tired. Just so tired.

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    April 10, 2012 at 5:40 am

    I so totally hear you about the lack of day shift positions! I am also trying to look for work, and almost everything out there is night shift. I just cannot do nights any more.

    One annoying thing is that I cannot really talk about it to other people, because they assume just because I am a nurse, I should be able to find a job. I could find a job, if I wanted to work nights. Or be full time with call. Neither of which are acceptable to me right now.

    Anyway, I just wanted to say that I totally hear you!
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    bonnie ferrell
    April 10, 2012 at 8:00 am

    I’m a nurse as well, but I’m not an RN, so working in a clinical setting is always great because it means 9-5 with occasional weekends…
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    April 10, 2012 at 8:41 am

    I’m so sorry hon! I know about not working nights for sanity/marriage/child. Being in the lab AND a new student/employee, the 1st thing that came up was nights and that’s all I could get. God had different plans though. Along with waiting for HR to get their ish together and my surgery, by the time I actually got hired…a day position opened and that’s what they put me in! I’m not sure how that hospital works but you can’t tell the night supervisor when you’re applying for a day position here. Mainly b/c they do everything in their power to NOT let you go. It’s a tough position to be in but my heart goes out to you. Trust God and all will work out.
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    April 10, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Wow I thought nurses could find jobs easily in the day but the need is for nights. Maybe go to the 3-11 shift I use to work that shift it stills sucked but I was home by 12 and was in bed and still was able to spend time with people in the day. I need to pray harder in hopes you will find something suitable soon.
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    April 10, 2012 at 11:52 am

    I say pray on it. God will steer you in the right direction
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    April 10, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    I am so sorry. 🙁 I can only imagine how exhausted you must be.

    I agree with the other folks who say to pray about it. I’m positive you’ll get an answer. Even if it’s not the one you’re looking for it will be a peaceful one.

    Do you have any interest in working private practice or are they included when you say no day shifts available? Just a thought.

    Good luck and prayers coming your way. (((HUGS)))

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    April 10, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Oh, this is tough. I’ll be praying for you. In the meantime, don’t give up hope. I’m sure the right position will come along when you least expect it.

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    April 10, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    The same thing happened when my mom needed to be home with her 12-13 yo daughter who started smelling herself (me). After months of waiting on the day shift, she finally told her supervisor “I’ll be home with my family. Call me when a spot on the day shift opens.” She KNEW she couldn’t afford to not work, her supervisor SUSPECTED that she couldn’t afford to not work but the supervisor found a way to get her on days. Maybe a very candid, off the record conversation will help.

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    Brainy Pint Sizer
    April 10, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Nurses, especially those on night duty, and pretty much caregivers in general get a lot of sympathy and empathy from me (and teachers also). I still have aunts who are nurses. So, I get it. Nights are a killer especially when you have kids — and really little ones. August seems like a long way off, and it isn’t a guarantee that your hours will be changed. Pookah and Cdub need you…and you need them. If you can hang on a few months to August — great, but I think a follow up with the supervisor is in order with you expressing that you understand (this helps her see you’re trying to work with her), but that if she could give strong consideration to you if a day shift slot becomes available before or in August. Make up whatever reason you need to for your family’s sake.
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    Cam | Bibs & Baubles
    April 10, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Ugh! I was holding my breath reading this post. I’m so sorry honey. I’m with Krissy, pray on it. Something has gotta change to work out in your favor.
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    April 10, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    I can feel your sadness and frustration. Do you have any vacation time on the books? Maybe a week or two away…or even a few days of rest (alone) to recharge might give you the boost you need to hang in there until August.

    I agree with prayer as the answer. I read once that God is like a teacher: He’s always present, but silent during the test. And I also think a talk with your supervisor might help. Sometimes emotion can’t fully be conveyed through email.

    Hang in there!
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    April 10, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Girl! I feel you! I have a friend who is also a nurse, and she is trying to get off of nights as well…no luck! I agree that you should not make any rash decisions when you are upset, but you definitely have to come up with a plan. Did you leave your old job on bad terms? If not, maybe that’s an option? Hang in there girl! And pray!
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    Preshus Me
    April 11, 2012 at 7:43 am

    I’m so sorry you’re going through this. The only advice I have is to threaten to quit if you can let them know that some other hospital wants you, but I know that’s not something you can reasonably do. They’re treating you this way because they know you’re stuck and taking advantage of that and you! It truly sucks. I wish I could help. Come to my town! Plenty of nurse jobs here 🙂
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      April 11, 2012 at 9:32 am

      I don’t even think she was question it. She was just be like OK. And move on. She doesn’t beg. She’d let the unit suffer.

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