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Juggling family/kids with multiple sports on a night shift sched.  Tips to feel less like a zombie?

Lexi Nutty Answered question November 21, 2022
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Take a nap as soon as you get home from work. I sleep until it’s time to get my little one from school on weekdays. See what works for you, either working all days in a row or space them out.

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Hang in there. It’s temporary. If your unit director is worth a damn, let them know you enjoy your job but would really like to be moved to day shift to better manage family responsibilities. Again, if they aren’t garbage, they should get the message and move you up the priority list for availability.

Fwiw, my first ER job was supposed to be night shifts and I had a similar conversation with my unit director. They were a total shithead, but still found a way to get me on days (some units have mid shifts or will do 4x10s…those have their pros and cons).

Basically, show you have a good work ethic and are easy to work with and it can warm even the cold and deadest of a unit director’s hearts. Hopefully a new generation of unit directors will replace the old and people can be more direct about these things.

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I work night shift too but taking the naps isn’t gonna help. You really need to find the time for 7-8 hrs & I promise you will feel better

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It’s important to have a work-life balance. If you feel the quality of your life is being compromised by your inconsistent shift pattern, you may need to look at either alternative employment are trying to negotiate fixed hours. Sleep deprivation can be very dangerous and puts you, your family and the public at risk; did you know that being sleep deprived is similar in blood concentration levels to being intoxicated with alcohol: your reactions are slower and you’re less alert! – if it is not an option to find alternative employment then you need to 1) Sleep on your break, 2) batch cook meals so that you don’t need to spend hours cooking, 3) possibly see if another mum/dad/friend are able to support and try and negotiate runs (you do it one day, they do it the next etc), 4) eat nutritious food and exercise (improve your baseline level of fitness and helps with fatigue), 5) Have a serious conversation with your spouse/children and explain that you’re feeling fatigued – try and work out what is important to your children to support them whilst also explaining your needs and responsibilities towards the household etc.

Ultimately, it is so difficult to work nights; I left my job as I couldn’t cope with the frequent turnover of days to nights. I neglected my health at the expense of a job for far too long.

Good luck!

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It’s hard… but I take a lot of naps. And caffeine is my friend.

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Anonymous 0 Comments

Go straight to bed when you get home, don’t do anything dishes, laundry, etc.-that can wait til later. Sleep while they are in school. Don’t worry about how clean you house is, they won’t remember that later in life. Pick one day and get it all done. Participate in their sports-that they will remember. Don’t kick yourself if you need to miss it sometimes. Sleep is important, make sure you get enough, consecutive hours is best but some days that’s just not possible.  I’ve napped in the car many times, I’ve slept in the bleachers during all day tournaments between games/wrestling matches.

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Anonymous 0 Comments

More realistic answer: ask the other parent to STEP. IT. UP.

Nursilium Changed status to publish September 15, 2022
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Anonymous 0 Comments

Throw kids/family away

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Between 3 kids and juggling that mess for years, I couldn’t do it anymore. I told my kids that each kid gets to play a sport per season. And as a family, we focus on that. Brother gets to play basketball in the fall, sister gets to play softball in the spring. Between practices and games, and then dinners and homework, it’s overwhelming. On top of trying to get home in time to shower and get ready for a 1900 shift.

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Anonymous 0 Comments
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Anonymous 0 Comments

Ummm? Don’t have kids..?

Nursilium Changed status to publish September 14, 2022
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Anonymous 0 Comments

Hang in there mama. I’m in the same boat. I nap in the car a lot which makes me feel like a crappy mom but it’s the only option.

Nursilium Changed status to publish September 14, 2022