Where I work, and the general local area, all LTCs have gone to 12 hr shifts for nurses only, not CNAs. Most of us would like our 8s back, only a few like 12s. It wouldn't be so bad, but nights are working 4-5 nights/wk, day shift has 3 days only, occasionally 4. If call in on days, nights has to stay and cover. If call in on nights, well day shifters out the door and nights works short. In September '13, the overwhelming vote to go back to days was cast, and our DON and scheduler were good with it, ready to go. But admin and our corp guy said no, we will stay 12s, everyone LOVES it. Huh?!?!?! Anyway, corp guy wife is nurse manager at local hospital, she works days 8s (of course) but says everyone loves it there. Of course, they have float pool to handle call ins, and their average staff is younger, avg age 28. Our avg age is 41 here. We are trying to gather info and write a letter to asdmin, corp guy and possibly news outlets. I need thoughts, and if you have any evidence based studies, one way or the other, please bring them to my attention. Any comments appreciated. I know this is an old argument, but like other areas of nursing, LTC is a whole other animal. I want ideas.