Eight or Twelve Hour Shifts - page 5

If you are a nurse (RN/LPN/NA) currently employed in an acute care environment, please participate by selecting one answer that describes you best: I prefer 8 hour shifts and I have no nursing... Read More

  1. by   outcomesfirst
    Quote from scrubsnhugsRN
    I prefer 12 hour days, continuity for one reason (pt care), but the main reason is more recoupe time and time for family!
    Interesting. With the turbulence of todays patient turnover, I wonder how perception of 'continuity of care' is (ever was) relevant to shift work? Does it matter? I appreciate the insight and thinking the statement stimulates.
  2. by   Lovely RN
    Did 12 hour shifts for 3 years 7a-7p on tele unit burned me out. After working 12 I needed a day to recover. My son hated when I worked that shift. U miss family gatherings and if you working the holiday forget about it. Would not work 12's again.
  3. by   DRoss
    FYI--pending 2008 JCAHO National Patient Safety Goals are going to address fatiqued workers. Go to JCAHO website for information. This could affect 12 hour shifts
    Quote from outcomesfirst
    If you are a nurse (RN/LPN/NA) currently employed in an acute care environment, please participate by selecting one answer that describes you best:

    I prefer 8 hour shifts and I have no nursing experience
    I prefer 12 hour shifts and I have no nursing experience
    I prefer 8 hour shifts and I have 5 or less years experience
    I prefer 12 hour shifts and I have 5 or less years experience
    I prefer 8 hour shifts and I have at least 5 - 10 years experience
    I prefer 12 hour shifts and I have at least 5 - 10 years experience
    I prefer 8 hour shifts and I have 10 - 20 years experience
    I prefer 12 hour shifts and I have 10 - 20 years experience
    I prefer 8 hour shifts and I have more than 20 years experience
    I prefer 12 hour shifts and I have more than 20 years experience
  4. by   suzanne7575
    i prefer 12 hour shifts, I always find that once you at work staying an extra 4 hours is nothing and I'd much rather do that than have to come out to work another day. I also find that although i am doing the same amount of hours i feel like i am working a lot less.
  5. by   outcomesfirst
    Quote from DRoss
    FYI--pending 2008 JCAHO National Patient Safety Goals are going to address fatiqued workers. Go to JCAHO website for information. This could affect 12 hour shifts
    Thanks for the update - will check it out!
  6. by   westies
    I work straight nights-8s during the week and 12s every 3rd weekend. I prefer this because
    1. I'm home for my girls when they get off the bus.
    2. Evening are too hectic for supper, homework, reading, play, baths and I hate having to hurry everyone so I can get out.
    3. I hate 12s when we aren't busy in the NICU because then we get floated out. I don't mind going to Peds/OB or helping out in the hospital, but I HATE taking an assignment (7-11pm can be so busy) and then going back to take another one. I'd rather just stay where I am. I like to get all my work thoroughly done and 4 hours doesn't allow enough time when you have to add in charting.
    4. I also like that we can still attend an event if it falls during the week.
    5. Also 12s take me longer to recover from and I get more accomplished with 8s.
  7. by   oncomom
    I prefer eights because I have 2 kids under age 3 and 12 hours is tooo long for me to be away from my babes. When I was pumping, 12 hours meant another pumping session too. I also like that there are three pairs of eyes on a pt during the day instead of two. Lets face it, some nurses are just not going to pick up on some things and some are just plain lazy. I cringe when I have to follow a lazy 12 hour person..thats an awful lot of stuff dumped onto you!
  8. by   Rimu
    Having worked both 8 and 12hr shifts and now I work a mixture of both. I definately prefer a mixture of 8 and 12 hour shifts, but this wasn't an option in the survey. Perhaps hospitals in USA aren't as flexi as in NZ.
  9. by   hecete
    I WORK 12 HR. SHIFTS IN LTC, WOULDN'T HAVE IT ANY OTHER WAY.
  10. by   lyn87
    I am still a student but I prefer the 8 hour shift....
  11. by   momccoy
    I'm 52 years old and have been a nurse for a bit over a year. I no longer work the floor now because I couldn't hack the 12 hour shifts--too long. Maybe it was just the hospital where I work, they have both 8 and 12 hour shifts. I worked the 12's because I too liked the days off, but it never failed at 3 pm, those nurses working 12 hours would have to pick up the patients of those who worked 8 hours, and then ED would always unload their patients between 5 and 7 pm so we would have to deal with most of the admissions. Perhaps it's just my age or just the organization of the hospital I work at, but twelve hours is too long. Plus, being a single mom, it's hard to get much family time those evenings you work and come home pooped.
  12. by   Lovely RN
    Quote from momccoy
    I'm 52 years old and have been a nurse for a bit over a year. I no longer work the floor now because I couldn't hack the 12 hour shifts--too long. Maybe it was just the hospital where I work, they have both 8 and 12 hour shifts. I worked the 12's because I too liked the days off, but it never failed at 3 pm, those nurses working 12 hours would have to pick up the patients of those who worked 8 hours, and then ED would always unload their patients between 5 and 7 pm so we would have to deal with most of the admissions. Perhaps it's just my age or just the organization of the hospital I work at, but twelve hours is too long. Plus, being a single mom, it's hard to get much family time those evenings you work and come home pooped.
    Your story sounded like my last job that is one of the reasons I left. The ER would send the admissions up back to back between 5p-7p when u r trying to get 5p meds out and wrap things up. What a nightmare. That's why we couldn't get off on time and the night shift assignment kept changing causing further delay. 12 hours burned me out after 3.5 years.
  13. by   pedsnrs1
    Being a single mom, I enjoyed the 8 hrs shifts so that I could be there for my kids. Now that they are older and on their own, 12 hr shifts are great

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