Are 12 hour shifts terribly long? - page 2

Im a nursing student and Im just wondering if the 12 hour shifts go by fast or if they just drag on. I know working previous jobs 8 hours seems way too long, but maybe since you are always doing... Read More

  1. by   MomNRN
    Liking a 12-hour shift also depends on how old you are and good your knees are!
  2. by   twinmommy+2
    12's are long at first but you get used to it. I come to expect a dragging feeling around 3-4 pm, get some coffee and get my second wind to finish out the day. I also like 12's cause since I'm weekend option I report off to the same nurse every night (or most every night). It makes for great continuity of care.
  3. by   doris66
    doing 12 hour shifts is great because you only have to do 3 of them for full time and then you get 4 days off a week
  4. by   mona b RN
    Yep, I agree Tweety. However, not only have I been working 12's, I have also been working doubles. I never thought I woud be able to do them but so far it seems ok.
  5. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from tbahde
    Im a nursing student and Im just wondering if the 12 hour shifts go by fast or if they just drag on. I know working previous jobs 8 hours seems way too long, but maybe since you are always doing something in nursing it helps?
    I work 16-hour double shifts. My work shifts seem to fly right by.

    I prefer to work two 16-hour shifts per week much rather than the traditional 8-hour shifts for 5 days per week.
  6. by   MuddaMia
    Quote from TheCommuter
    I work 16-hour double shifts. My work shifts seem to fly right by.

    I prefer to work two 16-hour shifts per week much rather than the traditional 8-hour shifts for 5 days per week.

    How do double shifts work? Do you get paid overtime for the 2nd shift?
  7. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from MuddaMia
    How do double shifts work? Do you get paid overtime for the 2nd shift?
    I work double shifts Saturday and Sunday, and am paid for a 40-hour work week with benefits. It's not a bad deal to have five days off in a row.
  8. by   mona b RN
    Quote from TheCommuter
    I work 16-hour double shifts. My work shifts seem to fly right by.

    I prefer to work two 16-hour shifts per week much rather than the traditional 8-hour shifts for 5 days per week.

    I feel the same way. I am trying to get scheduled for regular doubles but there has been a little difficulty finding someone to back me up. Hopefully things will work out.
  9. by   Otessa
    yes, they are long.
  10. by   veegeern
    Today was a very looooooong 12 hour shift. It was a very busy day with very needy families (education, support, venting, etc...) of very sick patients, and not enough time to give any of them all that they needed at that moment in time. I can only think of a couple of times that I was bored on a 12 hour shift. I think I was on another floor those times (not med-surg) and either didn't have patients, or had very few patients.

    I believe I'm much better organized in a 12 hour shift. Probably has more to do with the way I work than any thing else. I like my 12s with extra time away to recharge. It did take some getting used to...so that I could keep up the energy level for the entire shift.
  11. by   Kim O'Therapy
    I have had several nurses tell me they prefer the twelves because they get their charting done before they leave. On eights, they always ended up staying over anyway to chart.
  12. by   not now
    I'm gonna say it depends A LOT on how busy your unit is. I worked in LTC when I first graduated (eight, tweleve and sixteen hour shifts depending on who called in!) and even a double shift flew by.

    Then I moved to a large hospitals' subacute unit and the 12 hour shifts drag because the unit is so dang slow. I look at the clock and think "it's only 10PM?!" I am always dying to find something to do. I've gone around and cut the nails of everyone in the facility that needed it!
  13. by   TheCommuter
    I simply have a strong preference for the 12-hour or 16-hour shifts because I tend to have more days off per week. I find the compressed work schedules to be quite enjoyable. It is an absolute myth that people who work 12-hour or 16-hour shifts need their extra days off to recover. All I need for recovery is to sleep a few extra hours on Monday morning since I work 16-hours daily on Saturday and Sunday.

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