12 hour shift - page 7

I was wondering how everyone feels about12 hour shifts. Is it safe to work that long of a shift?... Read More

  1. Visit  Woodenpug profile page
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    "Feb 18 by Biffbradford Cafeteria? Working 12 hour night shifts it's closed when I get there, closed when I leave. After working here for a year, I've yet to eat in the the cafeteria. "

    Our cafeteria is open for 23 hours. Trust me, you are not missing anything.
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  2. Visit  MunoRN profile page
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    Quote from Biffbradford
    If you're having an M.I. and getting admitted to the ICU, or your beloved Grandma is having a stroke and is being admitted to the ICU: do you want me at hour 11 of my 6th twelve hour shift in 8 days? or hour 7 of my 5th eight hour shift? Put this another way, on my last hour of work in that long stretch of 12 hour shifts ... do you think I have the energy to really care?
    I'm not sure of you accidently switched 8's and 12's in that example, but given an equal FTE, 8 hour workers have to work more nights in a row than 12 hour workers. There is an established increase risk of errors towards the end of a 12 hour shift, but there's also an established increase in the risk of errors on the additional shifts required of an 8-hour schedule. All in all, in the last hour of a 12 hour workers week they are less likely to commit an error than an 8 hour worker is in their last hour due to their longer workweek with less days fully devoted to fatigue recovery.
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  3. Visit  cjcalimer profile page
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    I worked two 8's and two 12's for four years before I finally got 12's. I can say hands down I'd rather work 12's. And I think my patients get better care and I'm less stressed. When you work 8 hours you are responsible for the same amount of assessments and charting, you just have four hours less to do all that work. I don't mind giving a few more meds and doing an extra couple of potty trips, etc. And working night shift, no one is happy when you wake them up at 11pm. So I'd much rather get in at 7pm and get them settled and tucked in for the night.
  4. Visit  RNperdiem profile page
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    I wonder what the residents I work with (80 hour workweeks) would contribute to this topic?
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  5. Visit  beeker profile page
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    Quote from RNperdiem
    I wonder what the residents I work with (80 hour workweeks) would contribute to this topic?
    There role is different, their compensation is different, and pretty much everything about them is different. They also get treated a lot better. I know they work hard and put in a ton of hours. But they are also not treated as waitresses and "handmaidens". Our role is physically and emotionally draining. I rarely see the residents "running" where I work. In fact I have yet to see it happen even once.
  6. Visit  anotherone profile page
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    Quote from beeker
    There role is different, their compensation is different, and pretty much everything about them is different. They also get treated a lot better. I know they work hard and put in a ton of hours. But they are also not treated as waitresses and "handmaidens". Our role is physically and emotionally draining. I rarely see the residents "running" where I work. In fact I have yet to see it happen even once.
    they get compensated less . most of them are miserable where i work and run around like nuts. pager going off every minute. pts and families chew them out too for not ordering a senna and colace fast enough when s/he is in the icu with a critical pt. 80-90 hrs in the hospital. they have very little to no free time . to me one of the only pros of nursing is three 12s . eith 5 eights. your days or nights off might not be in a row either. i like only having to go in a few times a week.
  7. Visit  xoemmylouox profile page
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    Residency is part if their education. That is COMPLETELY different.
  8. Visit  anotherone profile page
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    Quote from xoemmylouox
    Residency is part if their education. That is COMPLETELY different.
    yes it is different but unreasonable residency hours , including long call hrs , lead to negative pt outcomes.. let's not pretend that isn't the case. (yes i know about continuity of care)
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  9. Visit  ktliz profile page
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    Love, love, love my 12s. I am generally more mentally alert at the end of a 12 hour shift than I am at the beginning of the shift! However, I do get "bodily" tired, and prefer not to work 3 in a row if possible.
  10. Visit  twopurpleskittles profile page
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    I think 12s. 8s are too short, 12s are perfect, and 16s are too long.

    Once upon a time, when I thought I was wonder woman, I worked 80 hours in 6 days. 16 8 16 16 8 16. Then I had 8 days off. I lived an hour from work too. I was very persnickety by the last 16. I did this for 5 months. I don't know how I did it for that long!

    For a while there, over a year, I did 5 12s. Sun night-thurs night.

    I work 8s now. I've requested 12s back. I want to do 4 12s a week. I hope that comes through.

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