Back-to-back 12 hour shifts - page 3

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   hikernurse
    I usually do three in a row so that either DH or I can be home with the kids (we each work full-time). If I split up my shifts more, then I feel like I'm always at work or sleeping (esp if it's my night run). I live close to the hospital, if I lived further away, I'd have to have someone pick me up that last morning of nights, because I'd never make it home alive.

    But three is my limit .
  2. by   ZippyGBR
    2 occiasionally 3 days

    7 nights ( but nights are somewhat less intense and are damagement free) - also 7nioghts on = 7 nights off for 'free'
  3. by   wizap
    I usually do three 12's in a row. I have done 5 in a row. I will refuse to do that anymore...it is unsafe!
  4. by   Sabby_NC
    Good heavens none ewwwwwww ewwwwwwwwww and ewwwwwwwwwww.
    I admire all of you that work 12 hour shifts. Never have and don't plan to start now.
    Get plenty of rest when you can.
  5. by   GrnHonu99
    I do three in a row and sometimes 4! I commute 30 mins each way! 6pm leave my house 815-830 get back home! Get up and do it over again!
  6. by   fergus51
    4 is my routine, but I often do 5 or 6. Right now I am in the middle of a wierd stretch (8 shifts in 9 nights). I think it's actually easier on nights to do a longer stretch of shifts.
  7. by   Medic2RN
    I usually do two in a row. At times, they schedule me for 2 days on, one off and then 2 days on. I need foot surgery, so that combination usually leaves me limping around the next day. Not fun.
  8. by   not now
    Three but I'm new, young and child free so I can handle it. For now.

    There are two nurses on my floor who do five in a row every week. We are paid pretty well for extra shifts and that's why they do it.
  9. by   medicrnohio
    Usually two, sometimes three. I really don't like working three in a row though. By the third night I am exhausted.

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