What is the typical work schedule in nursing homes?

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    Hey, I'm supposed to start CNA classes soon (the 12th) and I had a couple of questions. I plan to apply to nursing homes after I get certified, and I was curious about working in one. What is the typical work schedule -- I know the shifts are usually 7-3, 3-11, and 11-7, but how often/how many days a week do you work, and how many off days do you get? And do most nursing homes offer both full time and part time shifts, or just full time?
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    I work 12 hour shifts and I'm part time. I only work 3 days a week. Depending on your state you can work before you are certified. My state allows individuals to work 180 days I think and then they are required to take the state board. So toward the end of your classes you could start working. Just check with your state.
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    Most nursing homes have full and part time hours. I would suggest assisted living facilites...if they have them in your area. They tend to pay a little better and the work load is not quite so bad.
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    I've found that ALFs pay is very low, rivaling McDonald's pay rate, but the atmosphere is much more calm. At my facility full time is considered four or five days a week for 8 hour shifts part time is at least 2 days a week and per diem is what you want it to be. You're supposed to have 2 consecutive days off unless you specifically make your schedule to where that is impossible. I don't know anywhere that doesn't offer both full and part time.
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    At the place I work, they offer anywhere from 8-24/hours non-benefitted part-time, 32 hours benefitted part-time, and 40 hours benefitted full time. I'm currently at 32 hours plus every other weekend, where I work three consecutive nights in a row and then my fourth later in the week. Sometimes, though, when the weekend falls into the middle, I will work three consecutive, have a night or two off, and then an additional two consecutive on because of how the weekend falls.