8s vs 12s; night shift or day shift? - page 2

What do you think is better for new nurses? Is it better to do 5 8 hr shifts or 3 12 hr shifts? Is it easier to learn on nights or days? I kind of want to do 5 8 hour shifts that way I am going... Read More

  1. by   Wild Irish LPN
    go for the 12h shifts for sure, I work nights (6:00pm-6:30am) and just finished my work week this morning (Monday-Wednesday)....this schedule gives you a real life outside of your paid gig....4 days off to play, sleep, go to school etc, etc....best to orient at night in my opinion, can be a little less hectic and can be a nice break-in for a new grad....
  2. by   proud nurse
    I had to orientate on days for a month before I switched to nights. I was hired for nights as a new grad, I prefer nights as I'm not a morning person. I was also a night shift LPN for 7 years. Up until now, my 7th week of orientation, I've worked 3 12hr shifts and hated it. In the end it's nice to have them done and out of the way, but in the midst of it I found that I couldn't do anything but sleep and go to work. I never saw my kids, hubby and I were two ships passing in the night. It works better for me to have 8hr shifts, and they're not all in a row. I'm happier, my brain can function, I sleep better, eat healthier. IMO, it's best to orientate on the opposite shift 1st if you can before you go to your hired shift.
  3. by   ♪♫ in my ♥
    For the sake of learning, I think 5x8 is preferable only because you have less off-time per week. I also think days provide better learning opportunities and a larger safety net for new nurses because there are more people around.

    From a personal preference viewpoint, I'll take 3x12 over 5x8 any time.
  4. by   wish_me_luck
    I was thinking 5x8s were better for learning too because you are continuously doing it.

    I know when I teched, I did 3x12 and I tried to do like 2 days in a row then have break then 1 day. Some days it was nice, other times, I wished that I just did the other 1 day. That way I had a longer break.

    I am trying to figure out which would be better. Normally, I am a day person but lately, I haven't been sleeping well and end up staying up (sometimes until 3:30 am; then try and get back on schedule and wake back up at like 7:30 or 8:00 am) So, some days I think I might do okay on nights (8 hr shifts) and other days I like the idea of days due to more people being around.
  5. by   TheCommuter
    I love my 12-hour shifts and the four days off per week that result from this type of schedule. I would never voluntarily work five 8-hour shifts per week in nursing unless I was on the verge of homelessness.

    Sorry, but having to do bedside nursing five days per week would drive me insane.
  6. by   ♪♫ in my ♥
    Quote from wish_me_luck
    I was thinking 5x8s were better for learning too because you are continuously doing it.
    OTOH, 3x12 gives you a day or two to invest in doing case studies of the patients you had without giving up all your time off.

    Mostly, I'd just get any job you're able without too much concern for schedule at this point.

    You just need to start building some experience.
  7. by   Radnurse54
    I think it depends on your own rythms, the problem with working nights is that most people do not get good sleep during in the day and this takes a toll on your general health however, there are benefits to working nights ie: not having to deal with all the beauracracy....however, as a new nurse I would not think that night shift is a good place, its usually under staffed and there are less resources around to help you problem solve.
    Most of us have worked nights at some time or another in our careers for a vast array of reasons, however, personally I find that 3 12's works better for me, I like having time during the week to get errands done without having to fight the crowds of 9-5 people at the grocery stores and other places on the weekends.
    Find what works best for you and your family.
  8. by   mangopeach
    I am not a morning person. I despised getting up at the crack of dawn when I was in nursing school to make it to clinicals. I'm a new grad nurse and I do 8s. 3-11. Love it! - I picked up an extra shift today working 7-3 and I hated it. UGH! The traffic in the ATL area is another reason I prefer 3-11. Very little traffic going and coming from work. I still have enough time to do the things that I want to do. I also love working weekends. Not just the shift differentials but I just get more things done in my personal life on my off days during the week than on weekends.
  9. by   JMBnurse
    I think it's best for new graduates to work days for their orientation and then move to whatever they prefer after that.

    I work M-F/ 8 hour days now because I have no choice. I miss my 12 hour shifts in the hospital. I worked every Fri, Sat and Sun and every other week, I worked Thurs. Most people would not like that as a permanent schedule, but I loved it. The weekends were always so much calmer and I hate Mondays. Never worked them in the hospital.

    I was hired at my first nursing job on nights/12 hrs. After orientation on days for awhile, they switched me to nights and I only did that for a few mos. I hated nights! I could never swap back to a normal schedule on my days off, so I would be at home bright eyed and bushy tailed 'til all hours and everyone else, including my child, was asleep. Then, I would sleep all day. It was depressing, to me.

    I finally went to the NM and begged to go back to days and she let me, thank goodness.
  10. by   SarcasticLVN
    I work 8's I'm Ltc but would love to work 12s day shift. All our pm nurses like pms because it is more kick back, administration isn't there. Pt. Etc. I worked some pms when I first started amd hated them. The cnas were lazy and I ended up picking up the call lights. I love having administer nurses during the day.. I always have someone I can count on for a stupid qestion or an emergency. I like seeing my patients progress with pt and meeting their families. I wonder does ltc have 13s? Guess it just depends on the facility.
  11. by   nursefeix
    i love 12s - i only have to worry about 3 days for childcare! its good to just get it over with. & i love days because you can learn about how to deal with families (which most of the time is harder than dealing with the patient!) & appts, therapy, etc.
  12. by   PacoUSA
    New nurse here. Hands down, 12-hour night shifts are awesome for learning. Love all the time off as well.
  13. by   Lisa Jane RN
    As a new nurse you may find it a better learning experience to work days. Also, there is a lot more support and it's generally better staffed so you can focus on learning your skills and fine tuning your assessments without being totally rushed. I prefer eight hour days and twelve hour nights. But when I started nursing I did day and night 12 hours and it was great. I've tried an eight hour line and I hated it. It felt like I was there all the time. I would probably try the 12s and see how it goes Good luck!!