Quote from TonyFl
I am looking at nursing as a 2nd career (imagine that) and had a question concerning quality of work life...
1- On a typical 12hr work shift, how many breaks do you get?
(i'm a 6.3' and need to eat a few times a day. I can do a protein shake and i'm good to go)
2- Do you get a lunch break?
3- Do you ever feel that you are neglecting your own bodies physical needs because of the 12 hr work-day schedule?
4- I also heard that there is a such thing as an "8 hr shift"....is this true?
thanks very much for your constructive input!
1. We usually get a break and a lunch break. Before lunch we usually take a break which is anywhere from 15-30 minutes ..... just kinda depends on how busy you are, if it's a slower night we'll usually take up to 30 minutes. Or some people just take a couple 10 minute breaks, one before lunch and one afterwards. We're all pretty flexible.
2. Yes, we take an hour lunch break. There are some nights where we're absolutely swamped and can only get a 30 minute lunch or so, but that's rare ...... I've been at this place for a year and a half and can count on one hand the number of times I haven't gotten a full 1 hour lunch break.
3. No. The only time I ever feel somewhat tired/exhausted is after working 3 nights in a row. After that 3rd shift I'm usually pretty tired and need some time to recover, but then I get 4 days off afterwards, so it all evens out. But during my 12 hour shifts, no, I never feel like I'm neglecting my body's needs. I've heard of nurses that run all shift long, barely getting a bathroom break and all I can say is I'll NEVER do that. Sure there are some nights where it's busy and exhausting and I have to make time so I can run to the bathroom or get a quick snack ..... but if that was the norm, then I'd be outta there.
4. Yes, some nursing jobs
have 8 hour shifts. Most of those you'd find in a non-hospital setting, but some units have 8 hour shifts (i.e. OR, ER. etc) and some hospitals offer 8 hour shifts in most of their units. For me, I love my 12 hour shifts, as it enables me to have 4 days off.