What are the Typical Shifts in Your Part of the Country?

  1. Hello all,

    As I've said before, I'm just starting out and I hope to start nursing school this Spring 2005. My mom has been a nurse for most of her life, and before she retired in '98, all the shifts in this part of the country were the same as they have been for the last hundreds of years (OK, so I am exaggerating ).

    When she left, it was basically 7AM-3PM, 3PM-11PM, 11PM-7AM. At that time, they were just starting 12 hours shifts, but mostly for those who wanted to work the weekend. They were like 7P-7A for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Now, I'm looking at the hospital shifts, and I don't see too many hospitals doing the 7-3pm, 3-11pm, and 11-7am shifts. I'm wondering if these types of shifts have become antiquated, replaced with 12 hour shifts.

    How does that work usually? If you work three 12 hour shifts a week, is that considered full-time and you receive the same pay you would for a 40 hr. week? I just wondering how that works in other areas, or if the 12 hour shift is becoming more of the norm or if there still are any holdouts from the previous shifts that were so common in nursing.

    BTW, I've found this board to be an invaluable asset. Sometimes I read it and think to myself "exactly what I am getting in to?" and other times I truly believe that this is the job for me, the job I've always wanted to do.

    Thanks everyone!
    Katherine
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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   zambezi
    In my area, the majority of shifts are 07-19 and 19-07 there are a (very)limited number of people that do either 07-1500 or 1500-2300.
    We get paid for a 36 hour week. If we pick up an extra 8 hour shift, four hours is standard pay, the next four is time and a half. If we work a 16 hour shift, the last four is double time.
  4. by   P_RN
    Seven to seven 12's are what I see, with 3 twelves one week and four 12's the next. 84 hours in 2 weeks. The 48 hr week gets 8h of overtime.
  5. by   rpbear
    We do 3 7-7 shifts a week and 4 hours of call time. Equals out to 40 hours a week. They are trying out 8 hour shifts to help with the very busy times and it is working out well. I come on at 7 PM and we have at least one 8 hour person that starts at 5 PM and gets off at 1AM. This helps with shift change and other things that might come up.
  6. by   nekhismom
    Quote from P_RN
    Seven to seven 12's are what I see, with 3 twelves one week and four 12's the next. 84 hours in 2 weeks. The 48 hr week gets 8h of overtime.
    Ditto that for my unit that I am going to the end of the month.

    Current unit work 3 12's, no call, no overtime.
  7. by   fewtureRN
    At the hospital where I am employed, we have both 7-3,3-11,11-7 shifts and 12 hour shifts. It just depends on what floor you work on.
  8. by   Ortho_RN
    We have 8hr shifts.. But several nurses do 16hr shifts.. The other hospital in town does 12s
  9. by   memphispanda
    The floor I work on has 8s and 12s. It can get a bit nuts trying to schedule. We do 7-7 or 7-3, 3-11, 11-7.
  10. by   Marty1
    in my neck of the woods
    we do 12 hours shifts
    630 to 7
    we work 3 days a week which is considered full time
    some of the floors work the traditional
    8 hour shifts as you described though[
    As I've said before, I'm just starting out and I hope to start nursing school this Spring 2005. My mom has been a nurse for most of her life, and before she retired in '98, all the shifts in this part of the country were the same as they have been for the last hundreds of years (OK, so I am exaggerating ).

    When she left, it was basically 7AM-3PM, 3PM-11PM, 11PM-7AM. At that time, they were just starting 12 hours shifts, but mostly for those who wanted to work the weekend. They were like 7P-7A for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Now, I'm looking at the hospital shifts, and I don't see too many hospitals doing the 7-3pm, 3-11pm, and 11-7am shifts. I'm wondering if these types of shifts have become antiquated, replaced with 12 hour shifts.

    How does that work usually? If you work three 12 hour shifts a week, is that considered full-time and you receive the same pay you would for a 40 hr. week? I just wondering how that works in other areas, or if the 12 hour shift is becoming more of the norm or if there still are any holdouts from the previous shifts that were so common in nursing.

    BTW, I've found this board to be an invaluable asset. Sometimes I read it and think to myself "exactly what I am getting in to?" and other times I truly believe that this is the job for me, the job I've always wanted to do.

    Thanks everyone!
    Katherine[/QUOTE]
  11. by   orrnlori
    The larger the facility and the more it offers to patients, the more shifts you will see in various departments. We have everything under the sun, 4 hour, 8 hour, 9 hour, 10 hour, 12 hour shifts, and every starting time you can think of. I work 9am to 6:30 pm 4 days a week. That's 36 hours per week, full benefits. We have days 7-3, 7-5, 9-5, 9-6, 9-7, 11-7, evenings/nights 3-11, 9-9, 11-11, days and nights 1-1, 3-3, 5-5, 7-7.

    I would imagine scheduling is a charge nurse's nightmare, but, I think it helps get nurses through the door and keeps them here, it allows flexible staffing and there's never a total change over in staff at 3 particular times per day. I wouldn't trade my hours for anything. I can't do 12 hour shifts and I want a day off during the week. Nine hour shifts are doable. There are those who love the 12's. I get dangerous around hour 11. I know my limitations. And I can't get out of bed in time to be to work at 7am so 9-6 is great.
  12. by   Spidey's mom
    12 hour shifts . . 3 to 3 because no one will work a true night shift. So I get up at 1:45 a.m. The only good thing is I'm home by 3:15 p.m. when my kids get home.

    steph
  13. by   Mrs.Yost
    I have seen quite a few ads for 5A-5P shifts and 5P-5a shifts.
  14. by   zambezi
    Quote from stevielynn
    12 hour shifts . . 3 to 3 because no one will work a true night shift. So I get up at 1:45 a.m. The only good thing is I'm home by 3:15 p.m. when my kids get home.

    steph

    Ok--that would be the end of me. Waking up at 145am to go to work--I don
    t think so...it this case...I think that "night shift" the 1500-300a shift would be sooooo much better.

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