DDNN schedule- need opinions please

  1. Hi

    Our unit may be switching to a DDNN with 5 off schedule. We currently work 2on 2 off, 3 on 2 off with only 2 weeks of nights.( 1 being 2 8hr shifts). Most of us take that week off using 2 stats (therefore we get a week of only using 15hrs)

    What do you like or dislike about the DDNN schedule? I would really like to know... There seems to be alot
    of partial weekends... and alot more nights..
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  3. by   Kooky Korky
    The alternating schedule is very painful, very unhealthy, I think, for most people.

    Can't your facility make straight shifts possible? Working all Days or all Nights makes it easier to adjust your life and sleep schedules.
  4. by   ruralgirl08
    I personally like the DDNN over the traditional b/c I feel like I get more of a break away from work. You get a partial day off in between the switch from days to nights, so it is not that bad working 4 shifts in a row.
    It is also much easier to take vacation with DDNN, just take your set off and you have 2 weeks off Which is great for the people who like to travel. You usually have a whole new set of patients when you come back after your set. One of the down sides are: more nights, some months you are working more weekends, you are usually a bit more cranky on your last night, and really it feels like you get only 4 days off because you are sleeping most of the day on your first day off.

    I guess there are pros and cons to both, but I personally still like DDNN over a traditional rotation. I don't mind my job, but I really do need that break from work to keep coming back with a smile.
    (I wish we could work 3 12s a week and this would be considered full-time hours. They seem to get this in the states, to me that would be the best schedule)
  5. by   dragonfly55
    I wish our employer would offer straight days in our unit - they don't.
    It doesn't matter if you have been there 3mtns or 20years... We work 5weeks in a row days, then the 2 weeks of nights... I like that I only have to work 5 12hr nights in 7weeks ( the 2 8hrs -I take off with stats- then I also get a week off every 6weeks. That's not including vacation time...
  6. by   Hospice Nurse LPN
    I can work days OR nights. I can't handle the switching up.....too hard on this old body.