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  1. Hi everyone,
    I just had a question about the shifts that nurses work. I know a lot of nurses work 12 hour shifts. If you are doing this then you either work three or four 12 hour shifts each week correct? So if you are only working 3, (36) hours then you are not a full time employee, is that correct? But if you work four then that is kind of a lot of hours for some people. My other question is do you get over time for working 12 hour shifts, or do you only get over time for working over 40 hours in a week? Can someone please let me know. Any imput would be greatly appreciated.
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   sjrn85
    Most facilities consider 32h full time, so if you work 3 12s you'd be full time. Some places will require you to do an 8h shift to get 40h, but that has to do with staffing, not full time status.

    Where I worked, if I worked over 12h, that was considered OT. I guess again it depends on the facility. Where I work now, you don't get OT until you go over 40h.
  4. by   AshleyRN
    Hi Cshelly12 ~
    Where I work 3 12's is considered full time. My 12 hour shifts normally end up being about 12.5 - 13 hour shifts. So usually I get almost 40 hours in per week. At my facility anything over 12 hours a day is overtime, and anything over 40 hours a week is overtime. Overtime pay is time-and-a-half. Hope this helps.
  5. by   P_RN
    We did 3 12s one week = 36h
    and then 4 12s the next = 48h

    The first week was 4 under but still full time. The second week we got 8 hours overtime. In two weeks it was 84 hours, but in this state OT was based on a week instead of 2 weeks.
  6. by   JBudd
    Three 12's here is full time. If you are an 8 hour person, anything over your 8 is overtime, if you are signed up to be a 12 hour person, anything over your 12 is overtime.
  7. by   nurse4theplanet
    Quote from cshelly12
    Hi everyone,
    I just had a question about the shifts that nurses work. I know a lot of nurses work 12 hour shifts. If you are doing this then you either work three or four 12 hour shifts each week correct? So if you are only working 3, (36) hours then you are not a full time employee, is that correct? But if you work four then that is kind of a lot of hours for some people. My other question is do you get over time for working 12 hour shifts, or do you only get over time for working over 40 hours in a week? Can someone please let me know. Any imput would be greatly appreciated.
    32 hours is full time here

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