8 hour shift vs. 12 hour shift - your opinion... - page 4
Hello. I am a Columbia University student nurse. Some of my classmates and I are preseting a debate as to whether the 8 or 12 hour shift is better. We are hoping to hear it from you - the experts!... Read More
Apr 28, '00I work 2 12's and 2 8's each week this leaves me time to have a life besides being a nurse. I can take a 3 12's week and 4 hours of PTO(paid time off) and that is what a lot of my co-workers do as they and myself have agency positions or per-diem positions at other facitities. 8 hours go really fast, 12 hours gives you more time to get your work done. I like the variety and having 3 days to do what I want.
Apr 28, '00I PREFER THE 12 HOUR SHIFT. I WORK ON A BUSY TELE WARD AND DOU UNIT. WORKING 5 8 HOUR SHIFTS A WEEK, IT SEEMED LIKE I WAS ALWAYS AT WORK. BEING FULL TIME AND WORKING EVERY OTHER WEEKEND, IT WOULD TAKE TWO WEEKS TO GET 2 DAYS OFF. MY COWORKERS AND I WOULD CONSTANTLY GET PHONE CALLS TO COME IN TO WORK ON OUR DAYS OFF. I WAS BURNED OUT AND READY TO CHANGE JOBS WHEN OUR SUPERVISOR OFFERED US 12 HOUR SHIFTS. WE HAPPILY TOOK THE OFFER. NOW PEOPLE ARE GETTING ALONG BETTER, HAVE SOME DAYS OFF (IN A ROW) TO REST AND GET THINGS DONE AT HOME. MOST IMPORTANTLY, WHEN WE DO COME BACK TO WORK, WE HAVE HAD SOME TIME TO GET AWAY FROM THE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF THE HOSPITAL AND HAVE A REFRESHED OUTLOOK FOR THE WEEK
Feb 25, '09Hi Tova. I work in south Florida where 12 hour shifts are all the hospitals offer. I work in ICU/CCU and after 8 or 9 hours I am exhausted. I prefer, wholeheartedly, to work 8 hour shifts. I am 46 years old and am raising my 10 year old. To be away from him for so many hours is not fair to him. I think it is deplorable that we nurses are forced to work 12 hour shifts and I am re-thinking my career choice.
I lived in Boston my entire career and have been in Miami for only 7 months. I am finding that nursing is very different here :smackingf. I love being an ICU nurse, but this is too difficult for my family.
Lots of good luck with your research. Di