Why 12 hr. shifts??? - page 3

I would like to return to working in a hospital setting but what I've noticed about most job opportunities is that they are always for 12 hour shifts. After having already worked 12 hrs before on... Read More

  1. by   Julie, RN
    I love twelves, 4 days off a week is very nice....
    My husband is even jealous. With the extra time off, you can go back to school, do work projects to get clinical ladder points, clean your house, veg out, socialize, travel, study for your nursing specialty certification,etc...
    At my work, we are on set time track schedules, meaning you work the same schedule every month-it just keeps repeating itself. We work one weekend a month and every 4th week we get an entire week off. I couldn't imagine working 8's, I'de feel like I lived at work. I am also postponing getting my masters b/c I love twelves so much. I am not ready to give up this freedom yet!
  2. by   Julie, RN
    I love twelves, 4 days off a week is very nice....
    My husband is even jealous. With the extra time off, you can go back to school, do work projects to get clinical ladder points, clean your house, veg out, socialize, travel, study for your nursing specialty certification,etc...
    At my work, we are on set time track schedules, meaning you work the same schedule every month-it just keeps repeating itself. We work one weekend a month and every 4th week we get an entire week off. I couldn't imagine working 8's, I'de feel like I lived at work. I am also postponing getting my masters b/c I love twelves so much. I am not ready to give up this freedom yet!
  3. by   mustangsheba
    I like 12-hour shifts. In fact, I have worked 16's on just the weekends. I was very tired on Monday, but just hung around and did laundry and watched movies. By Tuesday, I was ready to enjoy the the rest of the week. In any case, it is not unusual to work 9 or 10 hours on an 8 hour shift. When I can work 12's, I can get all that work done and usually have a little more time to spend with my patients. Those are my biorhythms. As an agency nurse, I find I'm covering the need for some 8-hour nurses.
  4. by   NicuGal
    Hi....does the place you are looking into offer 8's? We advertise for 12's but if people want 8's they will let them work them. I think some people have been a bit strong is saying that 12 hours shifts are for suckers and such....I don't know any daycare that stays open until after 8p....most close at 6p. And most don't open until 6:30a. I do enjoy working 8's...they are a nice change...you can do just about any thing for 8 hours....12 hours are hard on you...and some people just can't do it.

    I would ask about an 8 hour option!
  5. by   jamistlc
    Originally posted by theboss
    Maria,
    have you worked 12 hour shifts? because i would in noway work 12 have a day off then work 12 have a day off. 3 years ago the hosp. took a vote on 8 hour shifts or 12 hour shifts. all the nurses went for 12. some work 2 - 12s a couple days off then another 12. some work 3 straight. me i just worked 5 straight. when you work 12s at night it is no different to us , we still sleep as usual and work as usual. the only difference is night and day. our hospitol loves the 12,. thanks alicia




    I agree wholeheartly. I love 12's 7p - 7A there is little difference between 11-7 and 7p-7a!
  6. by   imaRN
    SusieQ1243 I know my hosp. would let you work 4 hr. shifts if you wanted to......You tell them what YOU want.....

    Kewlnurse I have to agree totally 12 hr. shifts (go to work less + be at home more='s Happiness, it helps too that we make our own schedules.......

    Bessie I have worked with several "nursing moms" who pumped at work.....We covered for them......just like we cover for the smokers........ hey! maybe I need to take up.....no......imaRN
  7. by   MollyJ
    It always surprises me about how strongly people feel about shifts.

    I was someone that didn't tolerate 12's but worked somewhere where we had mixed 8 and 12's. I think it dampens staff cohesiveness to have people coming off and on at all different times but I think it can be done and I think smart hospitals work flexibly.

    Twelves left me too wasted to do much but recover for the next wave of days and I wasn't good at using 3 days off to just spontaneously go somewhere. I understand that this is not usual or typical or normal, but it was how it was for me.

    I also think those folks who worked marathon 12's for 5 or more days in a row to "go somewhere" were sometimes like practicing with nursing bears. On day 4 or after, you never knew when they might reach out and growl.

    I am always impressed with those nurses who can make shifts work for them and, bottom line, that's the key. If you can find the reliable child care and schedule your child's events on days off, go for it. But I also agreed with the lady who said she was picky about child care. However, if your children are young and you work nights, you may still need a baby sitter because sleeping is a priority. It is not something you fit in between Barney, peanut butter sandwiches and their nap.

    Finally, when I worked nights for about 18 months, I wrecked my car 3 times. This was no coincidence. Nurses should read _The Promise of Sleep_ by William Dement. Dement is a pioneer in sleep research and he talks about sleep deprivation. I think even nurses that tolerate 12's experience sleep dep and he makes a convincing case for the extended health effects of sleep dep.

    You know, as nurses we are taught to look at patients as part of their families and to see how illness impacts an entire family. Our jobs are just like that. It doesn't matter if 1,000 nurses post that 12 hour nights or days are great (although their tips and mindsets are helpful). What matters is how this works for you and your family. If you're single, that might mean you in your life that includes more than nursing.
  8. by   nursenightmare
    We have a system where both 12 and 8 hour shifts are utilized. It works really well. The 12 hour postions fill faster than the eights. I work eights now and find myself burning out faster doing the 8's than 12's. It's all a personal preference and having the option of either one gives more flexiblity for everyone.

    I'm getting ready to travel nurse now. I specifically wanted the 12 hour shifts. It was a difference of having 2 or 4 days off a week to sightsee.


    Kate
  9. by   Dplear
    I love 12 hour shifts... work 7 12"s in a row with a week off. That is my regular shift...work a week off a week...I would not trade it for anything.
  10. by   SusieQ1243
    Dplear, how in the world do you do SEVEN 12's in a row? If I worked that many 12's in a row on Med/Surg they would have to carry ME out on a stretcher! What area are you working in?
  11. by   Dplear
    I do Pediatrics
  12. by   Jenny P
    Hey, Dplear, I HAVE to be the devil's advocate here and say the real reason you can do 7 12's in a row is because you are a male and your wife does all of the parenting and household duties while you're working!
    Seriously, I couldn't drive home after the 4th 12 hour as I would probably fall asleep at the wheel-- sometimes that 3rd 12 is pretty hard to drive home after.
    I work a combination of 8's and 12's-- during the week I work 8 hour nights and on weekends I work 12 hour nights- I only work every 3rd weekend and I work either 2 12's or 3 12's every 6 weeks.
    It works for me. I'd worked 12's for about 4 or 5 years; and suddenly "hit the wall" bacause the fatigue was so bad. I didn't want to give up the every 3rd weekend option, so this is what works for my unit, my family and me. It does take 2 days to "recover" from those 3 12's in a row, though, so I'm never scheduled to work after them. The first day off, I'm kind of a zombie, the 2nd day is better, but don't ask me to do any hard thinking or balancing my checkbook because that is beyond my capabilities on those 2 days.
  13. by   Dplear
    OHG...Jenny found me out.... Actually i generally get home in time in the morning to get my 2 kids off to school and I wake up at 3:40 in the afternoon to get them in the house and help them with their homework. I also generally cook dinner for them on those days. If it is an off day for me the wife gets to cook. Now about cleaning the house...that is something else...LOL ( I REFUSE TO MAKE A BED!!!!)

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