What hours do you work?

  1. How difficult is it to find a position with daytime weekday hours?
    Thank you,
    Lisa
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  2. 22 Comments

  3. by   Brown Suga
    I work at a locate hospital that requires 12hr shifts. The 7A-7P days or 7P-7A nights.
  4. by   janine3&5
    It depends on your hospital; each unit has different staffing needs. I'm a new grad, and found many openings for weekdays on med-surg floors, less to none in the more specialized units.

    My hospital has job postings on bulletin boards throughout the facility and also on its website; I don't know if most hospitals do this? But its an easy way to see what's available.

    Then again, sometimes with the shortage, just ask and you shall receive. I knew I wanted to work ER, so I put in my application even though there were no weekday openings. I was offered a weekend position, which I turned down. A week later, the manager called me back and told me they were able to create a weekday position for me.

    I do three 12 hour shifts a week, no weekends ever! I love my schedule.
  5. by   P_RN
    Hours....none.....

    Hurt my back moving a patient....document! document !document!.....

    Go to the doc if and when you get hurt....and don't wait a week...or an hour or a minute......Not IF but WHEN you get hurt.

    I didn't and it took me 2 YEARS to get any help.....

    Did work 12s 7a-7p with an occasional 7p-7a.

    P
  6. by   RNforLongTime
    I currently work 5 eight hour shifts a week--work 3pm to 1130pm.
  7. by   rasunico
    hi, it's my second time to post a reply.... my work requires me to come to the office 7:45 am to 6 pm with 45 minutes break from mon-friday (compressed work) no weekends... by the way, i'm a company nurse at one company here in the phils.... i planned to go abroad, and if granted i will surely missed my working schedule...

    Richelle
  8. by   PhantomRN
    nursing requires 24/7 care. if all the new nurses are allowed to go to days and no weekends does that mean that nurses who have been around awhile get to work all the weekends and holidays. there was a post on this board recently about new nurses coming out and only wanting to work days etc. you may want to read it to see how nurses feel.
  9. by   nicola
    I see phantom's point totally! I never minded working some weekends (been in home care for a while), and have been blessed with agencies that either have agency nurses do the weekend work or that allow staff to self schedule. Weekends, nights, holidays are part of the beast in nursing and if you aren't able to deal with it, perhaps you need to rethink your profession... Just my opinion.

    I currently work as a supervisor of HHA's and PCA's in a corporate setting. My hours are 9-5 M-F, no weekends ever and no holidays. I'm lovin' it, esp after 8 years of working weekends and holidays. Ironically, I didn't change jobs because of weekend work or holidays, but because of overwhelming client load and no support. When I was a walking headache I decided to make a change!
  10. by   Enright
    I'm totally with Phantom. I worked 3p-11p, 11p-7A and 3p to 3A for 15 years. When I felt I was played out, I took my current job as an RN consultant, those hours (of my choosing) are M-R, 0600-1630.

    Whenever new nurses tell me"yea, I want a job like yours" I am always explaining that the reason I was qualified for this job was all those years of floor nursing, Christmases worked and birthdays missed. That is nursing. People get sick 24/7. Personally I think that if you really need a M-F gig, no w/e, no holidays from the start, then nursing is not for you.

    I think long term it is fine to set your cap for a M-F, day shift schedule. You may have to earn it ,though.
  11. by   KC CHICK
    Depends on the dept. My OR schedule is Mon-Fri, 0645-1515. When I complete my orientation I will need to take call and a weekend every so often. Also, the holidays are rotated between employees. Basically, if the surgeons don't work-we don't work. (Unless there is an emergency.)
  12. by   LisaL
    Of course I know that nursing is a 27/7 job, which is why I asked the question!

    I don't mind working some weekends - I just don't want to work every weekend. And I would LOVE to work holidays (anything to get me out of going to my in-law's house)!

    For people that work nights: What do you do on your nights off? Try to keep the same schedule? I worked at night for a few years, but I tried to keep normal hours on my days off so I could see my friends more. Switching back and forth like that was really hard and I never got enough sleep.

    PhantomRN: I couldn't find the thread you mentioned, and I looked back 9 pages. Any idea what it was titled?

    Thank again,
    Lisa
  13. by   kewlnurse
    I work 7p to 8 am and wouldn't trade if for anything except may 3p to 4 am but thats hard to come buy,
    In our place 7-3 positions are hard to get, for some reason people like that shift the most, i would never work those hours.
  14. by   kajama
    If you want a monday thru friday day shift job don't go into nursing..... especially hospital nursing... I work 12 hour shifts 6 in a 2 week period..... out of them I do have to work weekends.... Nursing is not a 9 to 5 career...

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