12 hour shift question - page 3

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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


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    I won't do more than two nights in a row. On night three of three, I'm just too out of it and dangerous. I need a lot of sleep to feel OK, and between 12 hour shifts, I'm lucky if I get 6.5-7 hours.
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    Quote from ShillaBSNMBA
    What happen to 8 hour shifts?
    I work 8 hour shifts, and it's my preference. Kudos to those who can work 3 12's in a row. It's just too long of a shift for me. When I have to work long hours or too many days in a row, I become extremely crabby to everyone around. I wish I weren't like that, but I can't help it.
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    I work 35 nights in a 3 month rotation. I will pick up nights only, no days, since I keep to an afternoon/ night schedule on off days. I find this works for me.
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    Have a friend who smashes 2 weeks together at a time. 6 night shifts in a row across his "on" weekends then 8 nights off. I don't know how he does it because it'd kill me. After the third 12 hour shift, I'm less than useless. Of course, he is almost 20 years younger than me.
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    Quote from ShillaBSNMBA
    What happen to 8 hour shifts?
    They still exist, but most people request 12s.
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    Well Bossman, I really think it's up to you as an individual, y'know? I realize that sounds vague but, for me, it depends on my energy levels and focus. When I was an LPN, I once worked an entire month with only 2 days off and the majority of my shifts were 16hours! That was EXTREME and I DON'T recommend but I was very much on and ready for the challenge. (The paychecks didn't hurt either!) other months I could only handle four 8hr shifts a week. You really have to be tuned into yourself and recognize your limits. It will be trial and error to know what works for you! Good luck
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    I prefer 6 on, 8 off.

    I work nights and it's easier to flip biweekly than semiweekly.

    I'm just finishing up 9 out of 11 and looking forward to my 9-day weekend.
    Last edit by ♪♫ in my ♥ on Apr 23, '13
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    I just started my very first nursing job and I work Friday 7-3, Sat & Sun 7 am-7 pm, and Monday 3-11. It's every weekend, but so far my 4 days per week fly by and I'm really enjoying my 3 days off every week, and always knowing my schedule. I was a unit secretary at a hospital before this and other than every other weekend, my schedule was never the same and I kind of hated that.
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    Quote from proud nurse
    I work 8 hour shifts, and it's my preference. Kudos to those who can work 3 12's in a row. It's just too long of a shift for me. When I have to work long hours or too many days in a row, I become extremely crabby to everyone around. I wish I weren't like that, but I can't help it.
    I love my 8's as well! I work 32 hour evenings every other weekend. I typically will work 3 in a row, have a day or two off and then work my other one.
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    I work 8 hour shifts as well in a low key, fairly low stress assisted living Alzheimer's home. I'm currently working Mon-Fri. 6:30am-3:00pm and it's getting to me. Starting next month I will work every other weekend with days off during the week, and can't wait to have those five days in a row broken up. I will probably work something like four on, one off, three on two off, three on, one off to equal 10 days per pay period. They tell me the weekends there are very quiet. However, if given the choice of working 12 hour shifts, I would do it to have more days off during the week.
    Last edit by LTCNS on Apr 23, '13 : Reason: Spelling


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