What hours do you work?

  1. Can some of you, whether full time or part time, tell me what hours you work? I know it's going do differ greatly with everyone... but I'm just curious to hear from some of you on this. Are you full or part time? Do you have a "set" schedule each week, or does it rotate? What are your hours? Do you have to put in OT on a regular basis? Do you work in a hospital, Dr's office or other? Do you work weekends & holidays?

    I am not an RN or even a student yet, but am determined that I will be! And no, I don't have any particular expectations as far as hours I'd like to work. But a friend who's dating an RN told me that no matter where I get a job, I'm going to have to work every other weekend plus most holidays. I'm not worried about it, I'll do what I have to do. I'm sure at some (maybe even most) jobs that's true, but I'd like to hear from some of you on this - I just don't think that would be true in all jobs.

    Not that something like that is going to change my mind about becoming a nurse! Even if my friend is correct, I'd rather hear about it from nurses, rather than from someone who's dating a nurse. OK people, tell me what your schedule is like!

    Thanks!

    Kathy
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  3. by   blondiemay77
    FT 3 days a week X 12 hour shifts. The days I work rotate every week. Call about 4 days each month on a week night. Call every 4th-5th weekend. Call one holiday per yr.
  4. by   RNonsense
    Permanent part time doing 12 hour shifts. Days and Nights. I work one weekend out of 4. Lots of stats...and Christmas we rotate everybody so that most work it one year..then are off for the next. I'm on VTS ward in a hospital.
  5. by   Chttynurs
    Hi, I also work 12 hour day shifts 3 days a week, every other weekend is required, and at least two out of the three major holidays. I'm also supposed to work one minor holiday. Technically, my days can rotate, but I've got a GREAT boss who keeps everyones schedules pretty regular, so I know what days to expect off. This may change slightly sometimes, especially when people request their vacation time, days off, things like that. My boss also tries to fix the schedule so that we only have to work one of the major holidays instead of two! I'm not required to work overtime, but it's certainly there if I want it! LOL And I work in a hospital, I think that was also one of your questions. Although most nursing jobs do require weekends and holidays, you're right in thinking that not ALL do. I'm pretty sure school nurses don't have to work them, nurses who work in doctor's offices, nurses who work for insurance companies, nurses who work for themselves may not have to work weekends, I suppose that's up to them, although I don't know much about it. Also employee health nurses. My boyfriend works for a company that hires a nurse to just go into their stores once a week just to answer questions of the employees, basically! She'll check their blood pressure if they'd like, give nursing advice if needed, she's a wellness nurse. She just travels from store to store doing this! Once you become a nurse, you'll do what's best for you schedule-wise. There's also per diem and agency, where you pretty much work what you want. Good luck, and congratulations on deciding to become a nurse!
  6. by   sunnygirl272
    i work 8:30-4....35 hours/week is ft for my agency...i work q4thw/e, and i am off the wed&thurs preceding my w/e...
  7. by   Purple_RN
    Hi Mastiff,

    When I was working in a family planning clinic it was a M-F job. All major holidays off with hours mostly 9-5:30. One day a week it was 2 pm - 10 pm. I will be starting a new job in diabetes education which is basically a M-F job from 8:30 - 5. During summer I may have to work some weekends while helping with the diabetes camps. As you can see I do not have your typically nursing jobs though. Hope that this helps you. Good luck

    Sincerely,

    Purple_shine
  8. by   baseline
    M-F supposedly 8-5, but I am salary, and I work odd hours sometimes. I have a very flexible boss who does NOT micromanage, so if I don't get in until 9, its no big shake. But bear in mind, i average 45 to 50 hours a week. Gotta love salary. But it has its benefits.
  9. by   whipping girl in 07
    Full-time 12 hr nights (7p-7a), four days a week one week, three the next. I work every other weekend until after Easter, then I'll go to every third weekend (I'll be one year out of orientation at that point).

    I make my own schedule a month in advance and I usually try to schedule basically the same days, except for when I need to take a weekend or particular day off, or when holidays land on days that I don't usually work.

    As far as holidays go, I work half the holidays one year, the other half of them the next year. Of the holidays I have to work, I get to take call (instead of being on the schedule) for half of them. Our holiday schedule is set when we start working in our unit, and it does not change unless we trade with someone.

    I work in ICU.
    Last edit by whipping girl in 07 on Mar 2, '03
  10. by   cpgrn
    M-F 8:00 - 3:30 - no weekends, no holidays. You can make this job whatever you want it to be!
  11. by   Spidey's mom
    I work part-time (thank goodness) two days a week, 12 hour shifts. 3 a.m. to 3 p.m. The days vary . . .I fill in where needed so my schedule is never the same.

    My goal is to win the lottery and be a stay-at-home mom!

    :-)
  12. by   tattooednursie
    I work full time 1:30 PM until 10:00 PM
  13. by   AlaskanRN
    I work FT in the ER...six 12's...(7a-7p) then have eight days off.

    It's the same schedule all the time 6 on/ 8 off. I can be pretty toasted by the end of the eighth day sometimes, but love that long stretch of time off...makes it all worth it...

    I work every other weekend, and whichever holidays fall in my rotation. Last year I worked almost all of them...this year I worked very few of them...it's all good!
  14. by   veetach
    FT permanent, 7p-7a

    we work 3 days/week x 3 weeks and then 4 days/week x1 week. Regular schedule, I always know what my schedule is months in advance. Every other weekend, and we must work either xmas or new years, rotating every year.

    that 4 day week is a killer, 60 hours from monday am one week till monday am the next week.

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