CNA's: What's your favorite shift? - page 3

Hello CNA's! :spin: I will be getting certified as a nursing assistant this summer, and was just wondering: What shift do you work? 7-3, 3-11, or 11-7? Does your schedule differ or do you always... Read More

  1. by   ohiofem44511
    third shift is the best. No Administrator, family or noise to distract you from care. Perfect if you want to go in and get the job done unhindered. Also higher pay because of the shift diff.
  2. by   SHELL75
    I've Worked All 3, Days Sucked To High Heaven, You've Got Showers, Two Meals And All Admin Up Your Butt, 2nd Is Better But Ruins Your Whole Day. 3rd I Would Say Is The Best. You Only Run Hard For 1 Hr Thats 6am-7, Getting Up, Getting Ready For Breakfast, The Rest Of The Night Is Just Incontinent Care, Usually Only 2-3 Rounds.
  3. by   Kay28
    I love my 3-11pm shift. Its the most understaffed shift in my facility, but the administrators leave at 4, only one meal to feed, and you don't need to get up with the birds.
  4. by   Price 2002
    I am a new STNA in my facility there is no way I would work 1st shift. I like to avoid that higher ups and all the drama that goes along with that. Right now I am working 2nds and I really like that shift. Only one meal then most everyone is really to go to the bathroom and then to bed. When I finish my LPN I am going to try to stay on as an LPN there and work 7p to 7am. For what I have been told there is little to no drama on that shift.
  5. by   chasingmydream
    Quote from SHELL75
    I've Worked All 3, Days Sucked To High Heaven, You've Got Showers, Two Meals And All Admin Up Your Butt, 2nd Is Better But Ruins Your Whole Day. 3rd I Would Say Is The Best. You Only Run Hard For 1 Hr Thats 6am-7, Getting Up, Getting Ready For Breakfast, The Rest Of The Night Is Just Incontinent Care, Usually Only 2-3 Rounds.
    i work 11-7am, just started june 11 as a new cna. we have rounds at 12-2-4 and then at 430 we have to get up our dialysis patients and have them out the door /with breakfast done to leave by 5am. we then have about 5 patients each, to bed bathe, dress, do their rooms etc before 7am. it is a very stressful time, and almost kills me every morning. sometimes we have to stay over 15-30 min is norm. we have to rush so much, that we dont really get to spend quality time with patient, we are speed dressing/bathing them. LTC sucks as far as ratio for patient care. the patients suffer and i see many cna's burnt out/terrible attitudes, bitchee and shouldnt even be there.
  6. by   SarahLovesNovember
    Wow...this is a late post...but to the last poster...you get 5 patients up a piece, washed and dressed? Does 7-3 do anything? I hate when floors do that. They like to cram so much crap in between 5a-7a because the 7-3 shift thinks that 11-7 does nothing. Bah.
  7. by   yousoldtheworld
    Yeah, that's crazy. I've worked nights AND days.

    When I worked nights, we each got 2 people up before we left, however we had to get those 2 people up in 30 minutes and even that isn't really enough time.

    When I worked days, the night shift passed out breakfast and helped feed while we were getting report and checking on everyone, but didn't actually get anyone up.

    Now I work nights again, but at our facility, at least in the unit I work on, we let people get up naturally, so sometimes I help people get up if they wake up and are ready on my shift, and sometimes I don't. It's more patient centered and is awesome, both for us AND the patients.
  8. by   MichaelCNA
    I'm very pleased to see that most prefer the NOC shift. When I was offered a position in LTC, my first choice was NOC since it would obviously be slower paced, and the shift differential didn't hurt either!

    Mike
  9. by   Miwila
    I work 7pm-7am friday-sunday and I love it, mainly because even at my age I know many people who go out and do stupid things on the weekend that I can't do because I'm working. The only other shift I would be willing to work is a 3-11. Working mornings does not interest me at all.
  10. by   fuzzywuzzy
    This is my first nursing home job, and I work 3-11. We have less staff and have to deal with sundowning residents,but there's less to do since most people are in bed by the end of the shift and there's only one meal. At every other job I've had I liked working 1st shift better, since I'm a morning person and I like to get work out of the way, but so far I'm liking 3-11 just fine here.

    I could never work nights. It must be horribly boring, and all our night shifters seem to dislike the residents... probably why they work nights in the 1st place.
  11. by   Miwila
    Quote from fuzzywuzzy
    This is my first nursing home job, and I work 3-11. We have less staff and have to deal with sundowning residents,but there's less to do since most people are in bed by the end of the shift and there's only one meal. At every other job I've had I liked working 1st shift better, since I'm a morning person and I like to get work out of the way, but so far I'm liking 3-11 just fine here.

    I could never work nights. It must be horribly boring, and all our night shifters seem to dislike the residents... probably why they work nights in the 1st place.
    That's a rather rude assumption to make. I work nights and I happen to love the residents I take care off.
  12. by   yousoldtheworld
    Quote from fuzzywuzzy
    I could never work nights. It must be horribly boring, and all our night shifters seem to dislike the residents... probably why they work nights in the 1st place.
    I don't find that to be true at all. I work nights, and I love the residents. The others I've worked with at night have all been good CNAs and good people, too. IT's not boring - if you think those patients sleep all night, you're very wrong. In fact, one of the nice things about working nights is that you get more 1 on 1 time with the patients. I often have time to actually talk to them for a while if they wake up, and I have a lot more time to get the night owls ready for bed. Aside from that, there are other tasks that we have to do such as cleaning and getting things ready for dayshift.

    I have worked all 3 shifts, and none of them are implicitly "easy" by their own right. I will say that I have seen PLENTY of day and evening shift people who seemed to hate their jobs - I don't think it has anything to do with the shift you work. Most people I know who have chosen to work nights do it either because they are night owls or because it fits best with their schedules or families. If you don't like nights, that's fine - everyone is different, but PLEASE refrain from making rude blanket statements about people who have different preferences from you.
  13. by   fuzzywuzzy
    I'm sorry if it came off like I thought all night-shifters sucked. Where I work, a lot of the night people seem totally annoyed when someone is awake, and most of them roll their eyes constantly throughout report. They have nothing nice to say about any of the residents.

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