RN Working night shift


     I am wondering if anyone works the night shift? I am an RN and work from 5:45pm to 6:15am. I am having a lot of trouble regulating my blood sugars due to never having a set schedule. There are many nights that I don't even have a time for a lunch break. I know I should take one, but that means that I am just there later in the morning trying to get all of my charting done. My doctor said that it would probably be a good idea to consider working a day shift, but I like the somewhat slower pace of working at night. I am on the pump. I currently have two basal patterns, one for the days that I work and one for the days that I am off. My doctor also suggested that I try and keep all of my days similar in things such as times that I eat and sleep. On my days off, sometimes all I do it seems is sleep. My last A1C was 9.3, which I want to get a lot lower. I see the complications of diabetes, and I don't want to end up like some of the people I see. I don't get all that much exercise because I have a nerve injury in my leg, and if I do exercise it makes the pain worse. He says that in five years I may not being doing too well if things continue. I am just wondering if there is anyone else out there that is working the night shift and am having the same problems. Can anyone give any suggestions on this issue? Thanks!


I was a paramedic for 4 years before I had my son. We worked 24 on, 48 off. I was hard keeping things regulated. I have always found the easiest thing for me was to try and keep it normal as possible. I did my normal routine in the day at the same times I always did even if I had to set an alarm and wake up just to eat then go back to bed. At night if I was up all night I just snacked if my BG was dropping but didn't eat meals during the night. Does that make sense. I was busy keeping my a1c under seven for a year before I conceived my son and I was able to do so doing this. Although I have always been able to keep it in the 7s before. I hope you are able to find something that works for you!