Getting ready for NOC

Nurse wakes up for work

Starting in November I’m switching over to the NOC shift, something I’ve never done before but need to get used to, since I’ll be a night owl once I start working on my own.

I just read these tips on trying to survive, but I must admit, I am freaking out a bit…ok, maybe more than that.

Like I said, it’s something I’ve never done before. Believe it or not, I’ve never even pulled an all-nighter to study – I’ve never been able to. The only time I can ever remember staying up all night was when I was about 13 when we had a movie night slumber party with lots of laughing, candy, and Mountain Dew to keep me sugared up. And I remember crashing out after watching the sunrise. Not very effective.

I’m actually not so worried about surviving the shift,  because I think that if I can prep myself for it and sleep ahead of time, I’ll be okay. But I am worried about prepping myself for it.  What do I do? Do I sleep the day before? Do I sleep all day in between shifts? Is it better to get work done before I go to sleep or after I wake up and before I go to work? What about on my days off? Can I go about sleeping at night like a regular person?

It seems so very different from what I’ve always been used to that I don’t really know what to think.  I’ve heard lots of great things about NOC, but then everything I read talks about your body hating you, gaining weight, and getting sick all the time.  NO FUN!  And with a wedding in my future sometime in the next year, I’ve got nerves about starting married life and not being home at night

What’s a new-grad to do? What works for you and how long did it take you to adjust to the night schedule?

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