What shift do you work? Why? - page 3

My hat is off to all of you great nurses that can get up at the crack of dawn and be ready for anything!!! I have always worked 2nd shift, either 2-10p or 3-11p, mostly because I'm a night person. ... Read More

  1. by   Jane Maltais
    I work 7 am to 11 pm Sat. Sun and 3-11 Pm on Monday. I am a nursing supervisor at an upstate New York state community hospital. I love the schedule as it gives me Tues-Fri off. I am a graduate student working on my MSN so this is perfect for me.
  2. by   rsjmuk
    the shifts rnt 2bad, just that im a student, so i have assignments,college and shift work. its constant work!!neva mind, im sure itll b worth it in the end!!
  3. by   DanRn
    i work 11a-11p, 3 days a week.

    get to sleep in a little, and get the kids off to school in the am.

    it is the busiest time to work (ed), but i like missing ruch hour too!!
  4. by   gpip
    I work 8p-8a for now. Why?, because it was the easiet way for me to get a position in the icu. I just have to wait it out for a few months until someone leaves. turnover is about 20% and I know of 3 people lookking to leave after april.
  5. by   RN-PA
    gpip, I know this is getting off the subject, but I've always wondered why there's such a high turnover rate in ICU nursing. Is it more stressful than the ER or Med-Surg? Or is there some other reason? We get a fair amount of turnover in Med-Surg because of the often relentless pace and also, the nurses train on Med-Surg and then leave for specialties elsewhere (like ICU, Telemetry, etc.). Just curious...
  6. by   BeachNurse
    I work 7:30a-4p, M-F. My BODY would like the 3p-11p...would be perfect, however, I would never see my school-aged children if I did that!
  7. by   NurseDennie
    Ewww, Rotating shifts! You guys who can do that, My hat's (nursey cap) off to you!

    I worked nights 7p-7a. I was disoriented and sickie the whole time. ICK.

    Then I went to 7a-7p. It was "okay" I did the deal working 3 in a row m-t-w and then w-t-f so I had that 6 days off deal, that was cool. We had the Baylor plan and we didn't have to work weekends. The weekend nurses were NOT about to give that up ! But it was neuro and it broke me down, to where I just can't do it any more (back, arm, shoulder injuries).

    So then I went to a whole different scene - probably closest to LTC facility in the way it worked. I worked 3-11 and I really thought I'd like that. BUT... I got home about 11:30 or later, and I couldn't just go straight to sleep. Couldn't read in bed, which is the most relaxing thing for me b/c hubby was asleep (it's a teeny room/house - only room for one b/s table, and it's on his side!) and we only had one car, so I'd be falling into bed at about 0200 and up at 0600 to drive hubby to work and daughter to school. I'd take a nap when I got back home, but then it seemed like I was doing nothing but work/sleep/work/sleep. Never accomplished anything.

    Now I work office hours, except I have to do a lot of work from home, and I'm salaried now. All in all I really like the office hours the best, although I'd like it better if I got overtime!!! I LOVE not having to work holidays or be on call!!

    Love

    Dennie
    Last edit by NurseDennie on Feb 20, '02
  8. by   Reabock
    I am another of those 2nd shift lovers, we work 1445-2315 supposedly. I never really plan on getting out of there till after 2330, in fact as one of my "goals for evaluation" this next year
    I plan to put down "leave on time at least once per week" Think the powers that be will accept that as a goal!:chuckle :chuckle

    My body and mind do not wake up well till after 10 so eves are the best for me and I have worked them most of my nursing career, plus I love that ride home late at night (only 5 miles) where I get to see the wildlife that is out and I am usually the only one on the road so that if it is snowy or icy,I can drive the middle of the road and avoid the ditches (Rural area!)
    Joanne
  9. by   nursedawn67
    i work the night shift, 12 hour night shifts to be exact. 6p-6a


    can be very tiring, but i like it, and despite what alot of people and the other shifts think...everyone does not just sleep. the residents in the ltc facility i work in can be up all night or everyone of them sound asleep.


    i got into this shift just because that was all there was and now i love it. :roll
  10. by   unmovableshortie
    I work the 11-7:30 shift in a rehab/long term care facility. I'm the Charge nurse and have to determine, "What is a true emergency for which I wake up the doctor, ambulance crew and family for; and what can I sit on until morning when everyone is working "normal hours". Is a temp of 103 with no respiratory distress an emergency? I'd like to hear some input. Thanks.
  11. by   SICU Queen
    NIGHTS, NIGHTS, NIGHTS!

    I am a 7p-7a QUEEN. I HATE dayshift with a passion. Too many nosy clipboard types around who don't know what they're talking about or what they're doing.

    I get to spend more time with my patients and read their charts. I work ICU and the only visiting hour is 2000-2030. SO NICE!!

    I will probably never go to days. My hub works nights too, so that makes it even nicer...
  12. by   mamabear
    I work nights: 2345 to 0815. Reasons: it pays more, there are no bosses skulking around every corner [although we do have a few snitches], my husband works nights and, as a rule, the patients are asleep.
  13. by   kids
    Originally posted by unmovableshortie
    I work the 11-7:30 shift in a rehab/long term care facility....... Is a temp of 103 with no respiratory distress an emergency? I'd like to hear some input. Thanks.
    I did *your* job for several years and I guess I would say it depends...(I'm a big help I know). If the lungs are clear and sats are fine and the patient is in no distress and not showing sighns of sepsis and does not have a purulent wound I would say no... I would do Tylenol and comfort measures and encourage fluids. I always kept in mind the line that ER docs and Nurses use...what changed to make this an emergancy at 3am? I also ask myself if I would take myself/kids/Mom to the ER for this in the middle of the night. Assess the patient often and document your tushy off-including the absence or presence of any symptoms.

    -nancy
    Last edit by kids on Mar 3, '02

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