Is this type of schedule common?

  1. The type of schedule I'm referring to is where one would work 2 weeks on and then be off for 2 weeks and then the cycle starts again; or work 3, 4, 5, 6 weeks etc. and be off that same amount of weeks that was worked? Catch my drift? Is there variations to this type of scheduling? Any nurses with this type of scheduling? Thank You!
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  2. 20 Comments

  3. by   KelRN215
    Not that I'm aware of in nursing but I know someone who works as a miner who has that exact schedule- 14 days on, 14 days off.
  4. by   meanmaryjean
    If you mean work two weeks without a day off- I doubt you'll find any hourly nurses doing this, as it would generate a LOT of OT. However, salaried people (our hospital's pharmacists and hospitalists, for example) work one week (12 hours shifts) on and one week off.
  5. by   loriangel14
    I have never seen that and you wouldn't find it in a unionized work place.Working 2 weeks straight would be too much.
  6. by   prnqday
    Never heard of a schedule like this. It sounds like it would really suck.
  7. by   TiffyRN
    Maybe on a cruise ship, otherwise the closest thing I have heard of is seven 12s in a row followed by 7 days off. I'm not sure that is even legal in my State now. I'm not going to check right now (cause I just finished my degree and I'm sick of looking things up tonight!), but I believe there is evidence showing nurses to be unsafe with that many hours in a week (84 in a week).
  8. by   LocaW8ta
    The only thing close to that schedule that I have heard of is a buddy of mine that is a fireman. But not even close to 14 days on though...
  9. by   KelRN215
    Quote from TiffyRN
    Maybe on a cruise ship, otherwise the closest thing I have heard of is seven 12s in a row followed by 7 days off. I'm not sure that is even legal in my State now. I'm not going to check right now (cause I just finished my degree and I'm sick of looking things up tonight!), but I believe there is evidence showing nurses to be unsafe with that many hours in a week (84 in a week).
    Illegal in my state- employees must have 24 hrs of rest in a 7 day period. I've worked 6/7 nights (3 on, one off, 3 on) and definitely struggled the last 3...
  10. by   Multicollinearity
    I sometimes do 7 on 7 off, 12 hour shifts. I cannot imagine 2 weeks on/off unless it's at some remote outpost with a lot of downtime.
  11. by   melizerd
    My area has a hospital that does 7/70, seven 10 hour shifts in a row and then 7 days off. You either love it or hate it.
  12. by   PacoUSA
    I do three in a row and I am whipped, I don't even consider 4 days consecutive, ever. Not worth it to me.

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  13. by   loriangel14
    Two weeks straight would run into overtime as well.
  14. by   Esme12
    I'm sitting here trying to think how they get around the 40 hour work week OT as per fair wage and labor....you are either 8/80/2wk or 40/hr/wk. Even if they are 8 hour shifts...that's 112 hours. Unless they pay OT.

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