The first day off after 12's - page 5

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My first day off after working 12's I am exhausted! I have no energy to do anything and I'm all sore and achy. I just lay around all day. Does anyone else do this? Is that normal? I've always worked 8's so this is new to me. Is... Read More


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    I much prefer 12s, even if exhausting. I've done both, and working 3 12 hour nights is way easier than 5 8s.
    And if like me, you've got a killer commute, being there for 12 instead of 8 makes the drive worth it, not to mention saves a couple days of commute time.
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    I don't think the answer is all 12 hour shifts or all 8 hour shifts. I don't like Suzanne Gordon's call in the article just linked for no more 12s. Twelves will work in some areas and for some nurses. Eights will work in some other areas and for some nurses. At this point I cannot imagine having to go to work 5 days a week every week. I like working 7 twelve hour shifts in a two week pay period. I like having half of my days without work. What the nurse wants should matter. There shouldn't be a blanket one-size fits all solution.
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    We were asked if we wanted 8's and half of us said no. I worked 8's in the OR, which was fine. But the reality is, you're still tired after an 8 hour shift, and you're working more often. I don't see the benefit. For me personally, I will decrease my FTE within the next 2 years and find an easier rotation.
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    I agree with the article in the sense I don't get enough sleep the days I work. I only get about 6 hrs and I don't function well unless I have 8-9. It can't be helped due to not usually getting off on time and my long commute. That being said, when I work five 8's I feel like I live at work and the two days off never feels like enough time to feel relaxed and get caught up either. Working is just plain hard, esp when you have a family to take care of on top of it!
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    Hmm I do. I have no energy sometimes. Othertimes I do. When I worked days I was fine right away. Even after 5 twelves. With nights it is very different.
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    Quote from VICEDRN
    I can do 12s and be fine the next day if they are days. I can do up to five 12s in a row.. I also regularly go to the gym though and stay active by hiking and hanging out with friends.That said, I find I mentally need a break after a few days in a row. I usually stick with a basic workout, laundry, bill paying and a pedicure (every other week...all that walking is brutal on the feet sister!)

    Yes. I think the key here though is DAYS--if they are days.

    Nights just sucks the blood or something out of you. I know some people may like them, but the more you have scheduled the worse you feel. Some people feel like crap with only a few nights thrown in, and then other people are OK with nights, so long as they get 3 off in a row. The problem is that scheduler revises will override this kind of night schedule for night nurses in order to fill holes or please favorites or whatever.

    I think if you do nights--mandatory should be three shifts off in a row after your 3 12s. It's the only humane way to work plus live in the real world--you know, the day world. The other parts of our lives require that we function in the day world as well.

    So what I mean by this is say you are scheduled to work the weekend, and Sun is the new week, plus you have to do some many Friday nights per month. So put the person on Monday of the week his/her weekend starts, then put them on Fri, Sat on that week, and then Sunday of the next (his/her weekend Sunday). Then, for that Sunday week, since you did that Sunday, now you are on Thursday and Friday. OK, so that two Friday nights in a row, but, many places want you to schedule at least two Friday nights per month--or so (six week schedule).

    It's a pain to try to ensure that each full-timer (nights) has 3 consecutive nights off in a row, but I believe it is usually better on the person's health.

    If they want to not hire people for smoking, b/c it increases the potential health insurance burden from the employer's end--those self-funded insurer-employees, then they should also consider the effects of night shift work on the health of their employees.

    Just think it's worth considering. I think having three off a week when you do 12 hour nights is quite a reasonable thing.
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    Quote from wooh
    I much prefer 12s, even if exhausting. I've done both, and working 3 12 hour nights is way easier than 5 8s.
    And if like me, you've got a killer commute, being there for 12 instead of 8 makes the drive worth it, not to mention saves a couple days of commute time.
    Yes commuting is a major consideration.


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