8-vs-12 hour shifts?

  1. I am looking to quickly and informally get an idea if Hospitals are working primarily 8 hr or 12 hr nursing shifts.
    Simply comment 8, 12 or Combo and your state.
    I appreciate all replies.
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  2. Poll: Nursing shift length at our facility is....

    • 8 hours (mostly)

      18.18% 2
    • 12 hours (mostly)

      27.27% 3
    • combo of 8s and 12s

      54.55% 6
    11 Votes
  3. 11 Comments

  4. by   cayenne06
    combo
  5. by   Larry77
    Almost all 12
  6. by   Kay28
    8s in Massachusetts
  7. by   TheCommuter
    12-hour shifts (6:00am-6:30pm and 6:00pm-6:30am) at a freestanding rehabilitation hospital in Texas. A sister facility in California utilizes 8-hour shifts.
  8. by   Paytynsmom
    Combo
  9. by   diamond_girl
    It can differ from unit to unit. My hospital does all different kinds of shifts.
  10. by   jrt4
    All 12s for RNs. 8s for PCTS and Clerks. I would suggest its all or nothing. Combo is difficult to manage.
  11. by   theVaway
    VA we do 12s w 8s to get 80 hours of work in two weeks.
  12. by   David12
    How would like a nurse on her 11th hour at work taking care of you with a heart attack?
    12 hour shifts are dangerous for the patients and bad on the health of the nurses. For those nurses that like it for the extra time off, they are thinking of themselves and not their patients. Nurses are not very bright as a group. I have heard it stated that we need 12 hour shifts because of a nursing shortage. Not very bright huh? Why not demand safe 8 hour shifts and get overtime for everything over 8 hours? 12 hour shifts are for loosers in every way.
  13. by   loriangel14
    Combo.
  14. by   Paytynsmom
    Quote from David12
    How would like a nurse on her 11th hour at work taking care of you with a heart attack?
    12 hour shifts are dangerous for the patients and bad on the health of the nurses. For those nurses that like it for the extra time off, they are thinking of themselves and not their patients. Nurses are not very bright as a group. I have heard it stated that we need 12 hour shifts because of a nursing shortage. Not very bright huh? Why not demand safe 8 hour shifts and get overtime for everything over 8 hours? 12 hour shifts are for loosers in every way.
    To David12... What is your actual job? I'm shaking my head in shock and am quite amused by your response. Unless your goal was to start a little drama on here, it is clear that you are not in the nursing field, otherwise you would not apply stereotypes across the board. Nursing as a whole is not a field to go into for the pay, otherwise the person won't last long. It requires heart, compassion and commitment. To have these qualities, a person typically has these traits for others, not just patients... And especially for ones peers and coworkers. --> "Nurses are not very bright as a group." Regardless of your thoughts on the length of a shift, stating => "12 hour shifts are for loosers in every way." Could potentially give others the impression that you too 'could be a "looser" (loser). If you don't care about or cannot at least be civil or non-judgmental, I'd say your understanding of being a nurse is lacking...

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