It has been a while. I work at a different facility now. I'll leave out the specifics so I can share the juicy details.
After three and a half years, I left long term care/nursing home setting and the night shift. I work days at a facility that has a much better staff to patient ratio. I have been at this new place about a year. I have learned so much and encountered some colorful characters.
Although I find it very difficult to awake at 5 am to arrive by 7 am, I am more rested because I can sleep at night. Trying to sleep when the sun is brightly shining is not easy.
The pay is slightly less, but I have better health insurance, a pension plan, and a lot of paid time off- which the staff takes. I try to focus on the positive each day, but I will divulge the negative here as well because so much of it is unbelievable.