Eight or Twelve Hour Shifts - page 6

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
    Initially it seems that younger nurses (meaning less experienced - this poll is not age focused) prefer 12s and more experienced (older, yes due to the years of experience) prefer 8s or 12s equally. I will investigate the demographics of nurses who utilize the internet next. Thanks for all your imputs!!
  2. by   Comanche_1
    I have only worked EMS in the last few years and have never gone into nursing, but that is about to change. I think I would much prefer shorter shifts but I'm also used to the long hours so I dont know that in the end it would matter.
    I guess as long as you are busy shorer or longer shifts doesnt matter.
  3. by   vamedic4
    I prefer 12 hour shifts and I have 10 - 20 years experience
  4. by   Cat Nurse
    I work 8 hr shifts M-F. I am old and have been a nurse for 25 yrs. I will leave the 12hrs to the young nurses. I just don't know what I will do if they mandate 12 hr shifts?
  5. by   russ11
    I will be very interested to see the results...I have been a nurse for 27 years...was part-time 3 eights...last month our ER went to mandatory 12 hour shifts because they say it we are way over budget. There were only eight people in a >100 person department doing eights or a combination of 2 12's and 2 8's. so I don't think we were the budget problem. Of the eight one left immediately and 5 others are currently looking. These were some of our most experienced nurses. I think it will back fire. I had 18 years in the ER and another nurse had 21 years in theER. The other six had between 5-15 years. Our turnover is very high...even interns we have supported through nursing school rarely stay after their 2 year committment is up. We need experienced nurses because we are the 2nd busiest trauma center in our state. I think expences for recruitment and orientation will eat up any money they might save by eliminating 8 hour shifts as an option. In addition many older nurses don't want 12's and even younger nurses starting families find 12 hours is too long away from their children...not having the option of eight's may make our ER less attractive as almost everyone will face a situation at some time where thay cannot do 12 hour shifts(caring for parents, children, after surgery,etc. ) If forced to do 12's, I am planning to find another job but before I leave willo talk with our VP of Nursing, VP of Human resources and our CEO to see if some compromise can be found.


    outcomesfirst
    Initially it seems that younger nurses (meaning less experienced - this poll is not age focused) prefer 12s and more experienced (older, yes due to the years of experience) prefer 8s or 12s equally. I will investigate the demographics of nurses who utilize the internet next. Thanks for all your imputs!!
    Last edit by sirI on Feb 25, '07
  6. by   WahooRN08
    I love working 12hrs, 4 days off it is great for continuing education. However, it is nice to work an 11-7 occasionally, time really goes by quickly.
  7. by   Chaoticdreams33
    I have had experience doing 12's and 8's as a NA, but just 12's as a SN.

    When I start my RN job I am hired for a 40 hr position and I am going to try to get 2 8's and 2 12's

    I like 8's because it goes by fast and I still have time for my life on days that I work. and 12 hours is a LOOONG time when you're having a bad day
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I prefer 8s. But 12s are nice in that you work fewer days/week if you are full or part time. Being perdiem, I prefer 8s however. But around where I am, 12s are the standard, so that is what I work.
  9. by   jill48
    I love 12 hour shifts. I'm an LPN with 11 years experience.
  10. by   withasmilelpn
    I work weekends 12 hours which is hard sometimes physically, but worth it for the benifits it brings to my life. (More time with my kids) I think the fewer days helps me cope better with the stress of the job, too. (I know it'll be over before I know it.) I really think the profession could retain more people if it got much more flexible about peoples schedules period. How about 4 hours, 10 etc. MUCH harder on the poor schedulers, I know. But just view some of the posts about denied vacation, etc...
  11. by   tshores
    I'm 54 and work 7 12-hr shifts in a row and get 7 days off in a row; 29 years in so far. I wouldn't have tried it with young children, but now as long as I can get a couple of hours in the evenings to eat, shower and relax--it's all good. When I do have to stay later, I just pig out, shower, drop in bed--but I'd do that if I just worked 2 or 3 in a row, too, and had to stay. The 7 off is, of course, wonderful.
  12. by   outcomesfirst
    Thaks for all the posts, keep them coming!
  13. by   ranchwife
    I have worked acute care 12 out of my 14 years nursing and I have worked both 8 and 12 hour shifts and BY FAR choose the 12 hour shifts! Yes, the 8 hours go by wayyyy faster, but I feel as though I get more done in 12....not to mention getting my entire work week outta the way in 3 days compared to 5!! At our little rural hospital, we "full-timers" work block-schedules......3 on, 1 off, 3 on, 7 off!!!! SWEEEEEEEEEEEET!

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