12 hour shifts?

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    Hello LPN's!

    I was just wondering...I've been hearing a lot about LPN's and RN's who work 3 12 hour shifts...and then have 4 days off. Do most LPN's do this? Or are there some that work 5 8 hour shifts? I may sound like a work-a-holic when I say this, but when I become an LPN, I really don't want 4 days a week off...sure, it would be nice to just have all those days to relax, but I really would rather work 5 days a week. 4 days off kind of seems like a lot to me, even though you're probably making the same amount of money. Just wondering if most of you work 12 hour shifts....By the way, I really wouldn't mind working 12 hours shifts....I just don't want 4 days off!!
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    At first, my hospital only offered 12 hour shifts to the RNs, but, now, I am hearing that they are considering changing it so that we, also can have them. I work in a clinic, so this would not ever effect me, but, I am thinking about switching over to this, because I would love to work less days. It will not be three days in a row on and 4 days in a row off, though.
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    Most nurses work 12 hours shifts in hospitals and LTC. But there are exceptions, depending on where you work. If you work in a doctor's office, you usually work a 5 day work week/8 hours per shift. Again, it all depends on where you work...... but generally, in a hospital or nursing home, you'll work a 12 hour shift --- and it's usually 3-4 days per week depending on how much you want to work.
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    My hospital has 4, 6, 8 and 12 hour shifts. I loathe 12s. Tired and you don't see your family. You spend the first day off recovering. You are gone for around 14 hours a day if you factor in travelling time.

    12's appeal to most of the younger nurses but once they have children their attitude changes.
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    just because you have 4 days off doesn't mean you HAVE to stay at home. I worked somewhere else and brought home twice the money. It just allows you the freedom to be off if you want, go to schoo if you want, or work somewhere else-maybe another specialty.
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    The hospital I work at now we work 12's and at their LTC they work 8 & 12's. It works out ok, like someone else said you spend your first day off recovering.

    The hospital I'm starting at in April, I'll be working 8's 5 days a week and 12's on the wknd, but then I'm off for 7 days after that. I'm sure I'll still spend that first day recovering from the week before. And I'll probably pick up some days working for an agency on my week off, but I'll just spend a lot of the time with my daughter. Being able to work this way does let me have a lot of time with my daughter and that is it's biggest benefit. :-)

    take care
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    Most of the hospitals in my area have 8 hour shifts. It takes more staff to fo 12s versus 8's.
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    Everywhere I have done my clinical has been 12 hour shifts and I personally think its good for a few reasons:
    1) 12 hours allows for complete patient care. Morning, noon and evening. When you pass off the patient to the night or morning shift, you have a good sense of where they are, how they are doing and where they may be heading. I just don't think you can get that with 8 hour shifts.
    2) I work 2 days then 2 nights then 5 off. I love having five off. It allows you to rest, start AND finish a project and relax. I know its not for everybody but I like it.
    Just my two cents.
    Damien
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    i work two 16 hours and one 8....try it it will put some hair on your chest!!
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    Quote from Fiona59
    My hospital has 4, 6, 8 and 12 hour shifts. I loathe 12s. Tired and you don't see your family. You spend the first day off recovering. You are gone for around 14 hours a day if you factor in travelling time.

    12's appeal to most of the younger nurses but once they have children their attitude changes.

    I prefer the 4 days off that comes with my 16 , 16 , 8 scedule. Not for everyone, but works for my family.


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