8 hour shift vs. 12 hour shift - your opinion... - page 5

by TovaFlynn 39,942 Views | 41 Comments

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! Please let us know which... Read More


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    I 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
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    Hi 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


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