Back-to-back 12 hour shifts

  1. How many back-to-back 12 hour shifts do you often do? How do you feel about working several in a row?
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  2. Poll: How many back-to-back 12 hour shifts do you work?

    • Two

      24.79% 29
    • Three

      53.85% 63
    • Four

      11.11% 13
    • Five

      5.13% 6
    • Six

      0.85% 1
    • Seven

      1.71% 2
    • Eight or More

      2.56% 3
    117 Votes
  3. 34 Comments

  4. by   P_RN
    3 at the most
    Feel- EXHAUSTED!
  5. by   IamRN
    I have worked three, but mostly two.
  6. by   leslie :-D
    i used to do (2) 16 hr. shifts back to back every week. that was a killer.
  7. by   Tweety
    Every other weekend I work 3 and it nearly kills me. I've done four before and that was not doable. Three is managable...........barely. But it's worth it to get more days off in a row.
  8. by   Gator,SN
    I work a weekend option and do three 12's in a row, nightshift. After that I need 4 days off to feel human again, then its back to nights. What a cycle.
  9. by   palesarah
    usually two, occasionally three. One girl I work with sometimes schedules herself for 4 in a row so she can have more days off in between- i don't know how she can function on that 4th night!
  10. by   NeuroICURN
    I usually work no more than three in a row, but I've done more.

    In order to do a vacation (without taking any vacation time....1/2 of one week off and then 1/2 of the other) I've worked 8 12hr shifts in 9 days! Now that darn near killed me!
  11. by   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.
  12. by   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!
  13. by   Shed13911
    When I was doing floor work, I sometimes did 4-5 at a time but I was mentally not there sometimes. I don't think I was practising safely most of the time. I have had a back injury since then so I know I could never do more than 2 now. I really like more days off too. It somehow balances out!!
  14. by   TiffyRN
    I regularly do 3 in a row. Last weekend I did 4 in a row and this weekend I will start a 5 day stretch so I can have extra time off for vacation. I've never done 5 before.

    I couldn't have done 4 or 5 in a row when I worked med/surg/tele. I hurt too bad after 3 in a row then.
  15. by   CHATSDALE
    i do weekend options and love having five days off.....once you are there 16 isn't bad...what is bad is trying to go to sleep when you know that you are going to have to be alert for two shifts....i have a 20 minute commute so i do ok with that

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