What's up with the 8 hour shifts and 32 hours/wk?

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    I have been watching the job market in northern California for the last couple of years. I am finally free to apply for jobs and to plan for my relocation. I have acute care experience in med/surg, so no new grad woes.

    I am happy to see that there are more than just per diem positions available, but what is the thinking with all the part time jobs? It looks like there are more 8 hour x 4 shifts a week than I recall seeing before the economy tanked. Are more hospitals moving back to 8 hour shifts? Is it to avoid overtime? Are nurses actually picking up a 5th shift every other week or so anyway?

    What I fear with 8 hour shifts is being asked to stay over and ending up working 16 hours. In an emergency it's one thing, to have it asked of staff regularly defeats the whole idea of 8 hours is safer than 12.
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    I work at a hospital in San Francisco, most of us work either 32 hours a week or 24 hours a week. The pay is quite good and I get fulltime benefits so 32 hrs a week works great for me. The people who work 24 hrs a week either have a family they want to stay home with or pick up shifts at other hospitals, per diem pays even more, but they still get benefits.

    I have only once worked a 16 hr shift in 4 years. Lots of people do pick up an extra 4 hours tho. It is a union hospital so if you can't stay, you go home. It's actually a really good deal, I would hate to go back to 12 hour shifts.
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    I have only worked 12 hour shifts, but I see how 8 hours would allow for a more balanced life day to day. I also really like the idea of being able to make rent on 4 shifts a week. I always dreaded the idea of working 5 days a week at 8 hours a day. Can I ask which shift you work? I am pretty sure I would prefer nights or evenings...
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    Many hospitals in CA are going to a 32-hours-per-week model to avoid paying overtime.
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    I work the evening shift, my daughter is grown so I love this shift. The traffic is better and I have a lot of time in the morning to myself.
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    It is easier to avoid overtime if you employ a 32 hour work week, than if you employ a 40 hour work week. Employers will always do what is in their best interest, especially when it comes to money.
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    Actually, we get overtime for anything over 8 hours daily, not 40 hours weekly so we still get good OT. San Francisco is probably the best paying, benefits and ratios in the US. Our union is pretty strong.
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    Quote from teensmom
    Actually, we get overtime for anything over 8 hours daily, not 40 hours weekly so we still get good OT. San Francisco is probably the best paying, benefits and ratios in the US. Our union is pretty strong.
    However, imagine all the overtime money they'd have to pay out if all of you were working 12-hour shifts. This would amount to at least 4 hours of daily overtime every shift.

    8-hour shifts help to minimize the daily overtime issue. 32 to 36 hours per week minimizes the weekly overtime issue.
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    Just got a job in Northern California from Los Angeles, and from a 36hr work week to 32. Though less hours the pay is 25K more a year.
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    Quote from jojonavy
    Just got a job in Northern California from Los Angeles, and from a 36hr work week to 32. Though less hours the pay is 25K more a year.
    Higher wages in NorCal is to be expected.


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