There are some nursing facilities that adopt two 16 hour shifts on Saturday and Sunday. They usually go from Saturday (6am to 10pm) and Sunday (6am to 10pm). The major issue with this shift is that you have to adjust your body clock to work two shifts back to back that you would normally get a break in between. For those of you who have worked this shift, or have supervised staff who have worked this type of shift, feel free to post your thoughts. The data can later be compiled into some sort of article.
** How do you manage your breaks/rest during that 16 hour period so you do not end up sleeping on the job?
- How do you handle the charting (monthly summaries, medicare charting, e.t.c)
- How to handle the dining room
- Handling family members (who probably show up in great numbers during the weekend)
- Staying in touch with the weekday crew
I think to work a 16 hour shift you would have to take short mini-breaks (probably 5mins) then at the end of the first 8 hours then take the major break "30 minutes". This strategy goes a long way in resting the body.