Hello 2017

January 5, 2017

New year, New me? Right? Is that not how it goes? I have never been one to set New Year's resolutions, even if it is the fifth of January as I am sitting down writing this. Instead, the New Year always reminds me of all the things I have not completed in life. A reflection on all those moments I have passed up because I was too scared or did not have enough time. 

Now that I have officially entered adulthood, I truly want to take more advantage of the items I have in life. And that first starts with getting my mind healthy. Ever since I started night shift, I have noticed that I no longer have the energy to do stuff that I have found pleasure in doing prior. I also have zero motivation to accomplish chores, let alone take care of myself. 

When I initially was researching how to survive night shift as a nurse, I also came across a long thread of night shift depression. Like many other nurses have expressed, I was having trouble feeling rested, even after sleeping 20+ hours. Ultimately leaving you feeling like the walking dead. As I was reading long threads about night shift, I also saw that many nurses mentioned the issue of seasonal affective disorder. Now, I never went to talk with a doctor, for the mere fact I did not have time, but I did decide on my own that I needed to change this now before it created more of a problem.

Luckily, my managers at work were pretty understanding. I explained to them that on my off days I was having difficulty balancing my emotions: I would randomly start to cry over nothing or be really grumpy. I would spend my days off sleeping until 1600 and then another 8+ of sleep that night. My family also began to mention how pale I would always look. 

In less than a week of talking to my manager, I had an official change of switch date. Starting January 8th, I would be considered a full-time day nurse. I can not express how thankful I am for this. I am sad that I was not able to follow through with my commitment on nights. After all, I did apply to the night time shift opening instead of the day one. I really wanted nights to work for me because it is such a great learning environment.  Unfortunately, it was not great for my health. 

So here's to starting the New Year focusing on a healthier me!

1 comment

  1. Hi Megan,

    I think it's great that once you recognized that the night shift schedule was not working for you you spoke up and were able to allow the day shift opportunity to come your way! It takes a lot of guts to recognize what isn't working and to ask for what we want. Cheers to you in the new year!



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