12 hour shift question - page 2
How closely are your 12 hour shifts usually? Do people usually do 3 straight 12s and call it a week? I'm planning to be a new RN in the future and trying to figure out how my life working nights may be, as far as sleep, family,... Read More
- 0Apr 23, '13 by TheCommuter, ASN, RN Senior ModeratorI was once able to work three 12-hour shifts in a row, but I cannot anymore because I'm exhausted at the end of the third shift. In addition, I'll be stuck for three days if any of the patients in my group are manipulative, overly difficult, or harassing.
I'd rather work two 12-hour shifts in a row, have some days off, then work the third shift.
- 4Apr 23, '13 by TheCommuter, ASN, RN Senior Moderator
I do not want to feel as if I am always at work, so I need my four days off. 12-hour shifts enable me to have the four days off per week, which is best for my mental health.
- 0Apr 23, '13 by ChadlyRNI'm a night ICU nurse. I used to hate 3 in a row but recently switched my schedule around so most of my schedule is in a row. When you work nights I think having a few shifts in a row better. That first night is always the most difficult. I try to stay awake as late as I can the night before.
- 0Apr 23, '13 by turnforthenurseRNI work nights and I prefer to do my three in a row and get them over with. It's a lot better on the sleep schedule that way because I like to switch to normal sleeping hours on my days off. Right now my schedule is a little sporadic but I'm working on getting my three on/four off back.
- 1Apr 23, '13 by BSNbeDONE, BSN, RN
Gone with the nurses!!! LOL!!!!
I preferred the 3 in a row until I kept getting saddled with the worst patients in the world. So I broke those shifts up. Remarkably, those patients we're still waiting on me when I returned. So, I dropped down to two days in a row. Don't you know those darn patients were still waiting on me?!?!????!!! So now, I do a shift at the beginning of the week and to meet my weekend requirement, I do every Friday night. That way, I can still have Sunday free to go in and give thanks that i survived the previous week and pray for what is to come at the beginning of the upcoming week. Nursing sucks....oops, I mean rocks!
- 0Apr 23, '13 by KelRN215, BSN, RNWhen I worked in the hospital, I only wanted to do three in a row for nights. On days, I'd prefer to work either Mon, Wed, Thurs or Tues, Wed, Fri. If it was my weekend on days, I'd prefer Wed, Thurs, Sat, Sun, Wed, Thurs. On nights, we were required to work Fri, Sat, Sun night so I'd try to work just one night during the week (usually Wednesday) and then work Wednesday and Thursday nights the following week.
I liked twelve hour shifts when I worked in the hospital. Now that I don't do them anymore, I realize just how horrible they were. Eights in the hospital would be even worse though.