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Forget the 9-5

March 7th, 2011 | General Nursing | 0 Comments

When I graduated from my first degree, all I wanted was a “nine-to-five, Monday-to-Friday” office job… and I got it. Fast-forward a few years to when I chose to change careers and pursue nursing: I was so sick of the 9-5 that I could nearly scream!

For many of you, the Monday to Friday may seem ideal: weekends off, same schedule as many of your friends, a “normal, routine” life… But take it from someone who has been there – it’s NOT all it’s cracked up to be.

Why? You get two days off a week. That’s it. Only two. And they are your only two days to get all that “stuff” done that inevitably piles up. Also, it’s the same… every single week. Some people enjoy that – others, like me, think of it as monotony.

So here are some benefits to that crazy life we call shift work:

  • Easy to schedule doctors/dentist/bank appointments
  • Grocery shopping is not nearly as hectic at 10am on a Wednesday morning compared to evenings and weekends
  • It’s easy to make lunch dates with your friends
  • You don’t have to feel bad for sleeping in until noon on a Thursday
  • You are free to do volunteer work that is only available during the weekday hours
  • You can go to the gym at non-peak times
  • Travelling is much easier because you are not confined to the weekends or standard times like everyone else.

If you are on a four days on, five off schedule like me, here are some added benefits:

  • FIVE DAYS OFF in a row. Need I say more?
  • Swap four shifts and you’ve got two weeks off!
  • Did I mention FIVE DAYS OFF in a row?

I know that the grass is always greener on the other side, and it can be hard to look at your friends with the 9-5 life and not feel jealous. But when you have those moments of envy, remember the advantages mentioned above and you may feel better.

So tell me – what do you like about doing shift work? Would love to hear your comments!