Okay .... I have been a nurse for a really long time (almost 20 years now). One day everyone was working 8-hour shifts and then I woke up and the next day all that was available was 12-hour shifts. Can someone tell me why nurses like 12-hours better than 8-hours?
Ok - I know that when you work 12-hours ... you have more days off. But for me, it has been a real balancing act. I feel like when I am working, I can't do anything with my kids. The day is just shot! Forget about working nights! Once you finally get your sleep, your days off are gone.
So tell me, when and why did nurses agree to work 12 hours and how do you all balance your life, family obligations and your days off? Oh, and when you work 12 hours, you lose 4 hours a week. When you work 8 hours, you actually get paid for 80 hours in a payperiod. Why would nurse want to lose 8 hours a payperiod? That really confuses me.
I have made a decision and am starting a new job as an RN that offers me 8 hour days .... I have to tell you I can't wait. No more back breaking 12 hours for me.
Thanks for helping me understand this crazy trend in nursing.
Originally posted by Paige Turner RN
12 hour shifts and kids don't mix...................your children will grow and be gone before you know it......................your time with them is most important, never let work cause you to miss time with your children, if it is at all possible. I realize that for some this is not an option, and for them I am truly sorry............there is lots of time to work and make money after your children leave home. Mine are grown and gone and now so I work 12 hour nights, and spend the extra money on my grandkids
Good advice ... I feel the same way and that is why I have searched for a schedule that will meet my needs.
I think the biggest challenge I have had with the 12-hours is trying to balance my kids after school activities. All three of them are involved in one thing or another. My son asked me to coach his basketball team this year, and I could not do it because of my crazy "nursing" schedule. He went so far as to tell me that I needed to get another job that would allow me to spend time with him. Out of the mouth of babes .... so that is exactly what I did! Hopefully, I will be able to coach his football team this year!
Last edit by RNPATL on Feb 2, '04