Which would you prefer, 8 or 12 hr shifts? - page 4

Sorry if this topic has been brought up before. I just want to get some fresh opinions on how nurses feel about the length of their shift, and how it affects pt care, and family life. Twelve hrs... Read More

  1. by   zambezi
    I have got to vote for 12s...
    Currently I work two nights on, two nights off, four nights on, six nights off. It works well for my husband and I. I like my stretch off, the four nights on allow me to get into a rhythm of sleeping days. I can't even imagine going back to working five eight hour days...ick!

    I also think that it is better for patients in that they have less switching of nurses, I feel that it allows more continous care. Of course you have to balance that with the nurses fatigue, which is different for everyone.
  2. by   Havin' A Party!
    Is 10-hours (my preference) not an option?
  3. by   angel337
    if you work in a hospital setting you learn quickly that nursing is not the kind of job you want to 5 days out the week. i do 3 12's and love it. i can even have a long stretch of days off to do what i want. take a mini vacation etc...,judt do what works for you.
  4. by   flowerchild
    Eight hours works best for my family. I like 12's for the days off though, used to do this. I don't think I have the stanima for 12's anymore though.
  5. by   critcarenurse16
    I prefer 12's but work 8's because my hosptial has it in their heads they will loose money if nurses work 12's. We have been round and round with them- this month I'll start fresh and present them with 'the data' once again. Most of the nurses want it this time so they'll have to cave! Wish me luck.

    I miss my sweethearts ( aged 2 and 4)too much working 5 days a week
  6. by   TREBORICUNURSE
    I prefer 12s. In our ICU we work 12 hours day shift ( 7am - 7 pm ) then 24 hours off, 12 hours night shift ( 7 pm - 7 am ), then 48 hours off ( formula 12-24-12-48 ). So we have 2 day off after night shift.
  7. by   inna
    12 hr shift for me. I save gas, uniform and get more days off especially when I go on leave, I could attach more days off to it stretching it for like a week more. I can't imagine myself working 5x a wk anymore, it's like having no days off at all.
  8. by   wjf00
    I work 2 12hr shifts a week, weekends only. 5 days off works for me. When I work extra I love the 4 hour "fill in" shifts.
  9. by   spiritus
    [QUOTE=critcarenurse16]I prefer 12's but work 8's because my hosptial has it in their heads they will loose money if nurses work 12's. We have been round and round with them- this month I'll start fresh and present them with 'the data' once again. Most of the nurses want it this time so they'll have to cave! Wish me luck.

    I miss my sweethearts ( aged 2 and 4)too much working 5 days a week

    How I KNOW, missing my familly when I work too many hours...great for the money, bad for the relationships, especially with a husband who doesn't understand the need for night nurses...he keeps pestering me to go for jobs that will be nine to five affairs, but I am still a student, and will have to still do 37.5 hours a week workin the wards in order to get my placement requirements met.

    But I know that everyone is different and everyone knows THEIR limits...just cause *I* don't do twelves doesn't mean I am going to preach that twelves are impossible...*I* just can't do them anymore. More power to those who have it in their hearts and their guts to change the systems they work within.

    Reflectively, Spiritus
  10. by   imenid37
    Personally, I prefer 12's BUT w/ the "nursing shortage" employers need to offer 12's and 8's and maybe even 4's too to to attract a variety of people. One size does not fit all. Some people w/ young kids might want 4's to work part-time or 12's so if they are doing daycare, they can do less days and have more time off. I also know that 12's are just TO LOOOOONG for some, so there should be some flexibility. The rigidity and blatant stupidity of many employers in terms of scheduling is just maddenning to me at times.

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