12 Hour Shifts

  1. Hey All I Have A Question,our Hosp Just Change Our Shifts To 12 Hours,they Say Almost All Are Doing This These Day Is This True?i Have A 7 Year Old And Feel Like I Will Miss Alot.ie Football Games Ect?
    Last edit by sirI on Aug 20, '06
  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   meownsmile
    My hospital has been doing 12 hour shifts for both LPN and RN's for almost 15 years. Sure you miss a game now and then, but its worth having the 2-3 days off in a row to be there for the school parties and functions that you missed before. 12 hour nights arent so fun, but you learn to live with it. It takes a little planning and sometimes some special arrangements if you have to deal with child care but i think its worth it.
  4. by   TexasPediRN
    I just switched back to hospital work from private duty, and its taken me a few weeks to get used to the 12 hour shifts, but I think I have.

    The good point though about 12 hours, is that (at least at my hospital), 36 hours, or 3 shifts a week is considered full time, with benefits. I also have the added benefit of self scheduling, so if I dont want to work say, on tuesdays, I dont have to.

    Not to mention, you'd have 4 days off a week with your child. Right now I continue to do Private Duty on the side, as I'm not one that can sit around and be off 4 days a week. But, I'm really looking forward to being able to work only 3 days a week when husband and I do decide to have a child.

    Its really not that bad!! Good luck with it

  5. by   banditrn
    Our hospital ICU did 12 hour shifts for a long time - some loved them, others didn't, me included.

    At this point in my life, I just don't have the energy anymore - much over 8 hours and I feel like my brain starts to 'shut down', but then, I work LTC now.
  6. by   TheCommuter
    For 3 years I worked 12 hour shifts and loved the fact that I had three days off in a row every week. I now work 16 hour shifts and love the fact that I have 5 days off in a row every week.
  7. by   MarySunshine
    So you work 2 16 hours shifts in a row? I'm impressed!How do you get enough sleep inbetween?
  8. by   tofutti
    Adding a question to the original posters, hope that's okay: For those who work three 12-hour shifts a week, 36 hours...do you get paid for 40? Or do you just get the full time status so you can receive full time benefits?

    Curious. :spin:

  9. by   huskersfan
    I work 6 12hr days shifts in a row and then have 8 days off in a row. I have been doing it for 6 years. It is a long stretch but the 8 days off are worth it. I accumulate vacation, and then can use it and really have alot of time off. I work in a very busy rehab unit so the time flies by.
  10. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from MarySunshine
    So you work 2 16 hours shifts in a row? I'm impressed!How do you get enough sleep inbetween?
    I usually get, at the most, five hours of sleep between the two shifts.
  11. by   Fairlythere
    I work a 60 hour pay period, so I have to do five 12 hour shifts in 2 weeks. I usually work three days, once a month I do a four day weekend Fri-Mon. I have between three and eight days off in between depending on the pay period. I get shift differential. I get extra pay if I go over the 12 hours or miss lunch for any reason. I qualify for full time benefits, but no I dont get paid "80" hours. I can come in another 20 hours if I wish to when staffing calls for help. It was hard to get used to the graveyard, but Im starting to like it.
  12. by   SitcomNurse
    I wouldnt trade my 12's for anything. Its great for the kids (6yo and 20 mos)& my socialization.. I went boating today, saw my sister a few towns away, napped for 3 hours and came to work. Cant do that on a day tour with 5 days a week!! But believe me, on my nights off.. I am sleeeep-in.
    i work in a respiratory unit short & long term care facility(AKA nursing home) but believe me...theresw plenty to keep me awake!! Come meet my reisdent friends, up at night..... lol...
    And I am off for the next 3 days.