Going from day shift to night shift can be a daunting transition. Will you turn into a pumpkin at midnight? Will your friends start thinking you’re a vampire that permanently avoids the sun? Will you permanently alter your circadian rhythms?
Not likely. And you won’t have to do it alone. In fact, 15.5 million Americans worked the night shift in 2004, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And as baby-boomers continue to age, and the number of medical staff and facilities increases, so does the number the night shift nurses needed. That’s a big group of people who have figured out how to fill an important societal need.
If you are in college now, you have probably adapted to handling stressful situations and you’re probably already doing more than you realize to prepare for work as a night shift nurse. We spoke to Rasmussen College nursing faculty who gave us seven specific ways being a student sets you up for success as a night shift nurse.