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- Feb 16 by edimoI think it depends on your situation and what you value most...some prefer the 8 hour shift so they can spend more time with their kids after work, have weekends off etc etc...my hospital only allows 12 hour shifts on the inpatient units and its all I know but I doubt I would switch to 8's if given a chance. I save money on parking, I save vacation time since I'm only working three shifts (sometimes four) a week and can play around with it more, I do my errands during non-peak times and I don't feel like I'm at work all the time....everyone will have their own personal preference.
- Feb 16 by mustlovepoodlesI hated 12 hour shifts. I worked nights and I never got enough sleep. 12 hour shifts just exacerbated the fatigue. And then I had a 45 min drive home, in Atlanta rush hour traffic. I fell asleep at the wheel a few times, luckily didn't hit anything, just shook myself up a bit. I found that i just couldn't tolerate the extreme fatigue. And it's not like you're really working 12 hours. By the time I got up, got dressed, ate and got to work, I had already killed 2 hours. Work 12(at least!), then drive home 45 min, eat a bit, then try to go to sleep. Total: 15hrs, minimum for my 12hr shift.
Nope. Give me shorter shifts. In fact, now that I DONT work in a hospital I have fashioned myself a desk job where I can telecommute 3 days a week and set my own hours. Boo-ya!
- Feb 16 by ThePrincessBrideI would much rather work three twelves (DAYS) than five eights. You work only thirty-six hours, but in many places, you are paid for forty. Also, you get FOUR days off a week instead of just two. That is great if you have a family or just don't feel like waking up every morning. :P
- Feb 16 by JujubeesDo you guys get overtime for the last 4 hours? Or when you work 4 12 hours shifts? When you miss your meal break do you get missed break pay? A few things I've been wondering, this seemed an appropriate place to ask.
- Feb 17 by TheCommuterQuote from JujubeesMy workplace does not pay daily overtime, so a 12-hour shift would be paid at straight time where I work. In this state, overtime pay only accrues after one works in excess of 40 hours in one week or 80 hours in a two week period.Do you guys get overtime for the last 4 hours? Or when you work 4 12 hours shifts? When you miss your meal break do you get missed break pay? A few things I've been wondering, this seemed an appropriate place to ask.
My workplace pays for missed lunch periods, but nurses will be written up if they submit too many missed break forms. Even if they do not have the time, they are expected to magically carve out the time for lunch (or make it appear as if they're taking time out for lunch).
- Feb 17 by emtb2rnLove 12's. My prior career was 8 hours/5 days a week in theory. However, the norm was at least a 10 hour day daily, quite often 18. Plus things could roll into or erupt during the weekend. And there was the electronic tether so you never really left the office. So there are plusses and minuses to everything.