Back-to-back 12 hour shifts - page 2

How many back-to-back 12 hour shifts do you often do? How do you feel about working several in a row?... Read More

  1. by   athensgrrl
    I just finished 5 in a row.. 7p-7a! I am so tired! I worked Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun, and Monday night. Was off Tues. night, on Call tonight (Wed) and scheduled Thursday night! Thank goodness I didn't get called in tonight!!!!!
  2. by   NeuroICURN
    Quote from Vsummer1
    Add commute time into that... and it is a 15 hour day. No way could I do more than 2. I would be a danger to myself and others!
    I do commute Vsummer1! LOL I work 45 miles from where I live....so when you figure that we're actually scheduled 12.5 hours, plus an hour to and from, then I can truly sympathize with 15 hour days! Ugh!
  3. by   MickyB-RN
    Quote from Tiki_Torch
    How many back-to-back 12 hour shifts do you often do? How do you feel about working several in a row?
    I usually do two 12's, then an 8 the third day. I tried 3 12's in a row, way too tired.


    Kelly
  4. by   CHATSDALE
    Quote from athensgrrl
    I just finished 5 in a row.. 7p-7a! I am so tired! I worked Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun, and Monday night. Was off Tues. night, on Call tonight (Wed) and scheduled Thursday night! Thank goodness I didn't get called in tonight!!!!!
    how do you spell BURNOUT = athensgirl lol get some rest don't answer phone
  5. by   movealong
    I used to do 12 hour night shifts 7pm-7:30am. I did 3 back to back frequently, and 4 on occassion. 4 was very tough and usually not my choice.

    But I quit that job, nights just about killed me.
  6. by   KaroSnowQueen
    The most I try to do is 2 in a row. Three are exhausting, I will spend half the 4th day in bed trying to recover. I used to do 6 in 7 days when I was younger but cannot imagine even attempting it now!!!
  7. by   MishlB
    Quote from nekhismom
    I do 3, but when orientation ends, I will be doing 4-5 in a row. 3 exhausts me, so I don't know HOW in the world I am going to do 4-5. *sigh* We shall see.
    4-5 12's in a row? I don't think so. This cannot be a requirement for you, is it?
  8. by   Loribabble
    I just changed my schedule to work 4 in a row... We are a small, mostly really quiet unit - the only reason I considered it. We just hired 2 new people and there are only a total of 5 RN's who work nights - everyone was fighting over their schedules and this was my compromise. I am also going to be going to school full-time for my BSN, and raising support to go full-time on the mission field.... someone just commit me now!
  9. by   sandramlpn
    I work fr, sa, su 8p-8a every weekend on a psych unit. I sleep about 4-5 hr during the day, so by mo i am wiped out, takes 2 days to get back to normal then i start it all again. I'm working on the lpn-rn bridge program, so these hrs are great & I can study on those nights too.
  10. by   Ari RN
    I usually work 2 (12 hr shifts). I've done 3 but wouldn't dare do 4.
  11. by   Ruby Vee
    in my younger days, i did up to five 12s in a row in order to get time off. i traveled a lot more in those days. now i'm finding that two is the most i can physically do. i'm getting older -- body just won't do it anymore.
  12. by   PMFB-RN
    How many back-to-back 12 hour shifts do you often do?

    *** Always at least 3 and once a month 6.

    How do you feel about working several in a row?

    *** Great! I love working many in a row in order to get many days off in a row. I sleep in an apartment 500 yards from the hospital between shifts rather than going home. I always get at least 7 hours and often 8 hours sleep between shifts.
    Different nurses have different tolerances for working hours. I am very much opposed to "one size fits all" work hour rules or laws. I even turned down a job at a hospital due to their policy of never schedualing more than two 12 hours shifts in a row.
  13. by   scattycarrot
    When working in the UK, I have worked in 2 seperate units where we worked 7 nights 8pm-8am and then had 6 nights off and we rotated to nights every 5-6 weeks, depending on staffing.This is quite normal in England. When I was but a poor wipper-snapper, I once worked 11 nights in a row as I needed the cash.
    Dayshifts are another matter and I try not to do more than 4 on a row.

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