Once upon a time I was a factory worker who worked 12-hour rotating shifts prior to becoming a nurse, so I was already acclimated to long shifts by the time I got into nursing. I actually prefer 12s because I'd rather not show up to work five days per week.
Anyhow, the foot soreness disappears in 3 to 4 weeks. You'll also notice your stamina improving as time passes. I suggest wearing TED hose or support stockings while working because they really help minimize the swelling. I also suggest getting your shoes fitted with orthotics for added support.
I achieve the most foot comfort from wearing athletic running shoes, such as Nike Reax, to work. Others prefer clogs such as Dansko
. Still, other nurses swear by nursing shoes
such as the lines made by NurseMates or Cherokee Rockers.
Some people never become accustomed to the 12-hour shifts and prefer 8-hour shifts. However, you'd have to pry the 12-hour shifts from my cold fingers because I love them to death (really).