8hr vs. 12hr work days - page 5
by sjm30, ADN, RN | 20,453 Views | 50 Comments
I cant help but wonder if the nursing profession would benefit from lowering the number of hours worked in a day. I know that most nurses enjoy the extra days off by working 3 twelve hour shifts a week but those last few hours... Read More
- 1Nov 19, '13 by poohrn33I have been a nurse for about 10 years now. I have worked 12 hour shifts and 8 hour shifts. They both have their pros and cons. I just accepted an 8 hour/day RN position at a doctor's office. I will miss having days off during the week, but I will love being home at night with my family. Those 12 hours are brutal, especially during crazy hectic shifts.
- 1Nov 20, '13 by calivianya, BSN, RNI would hate eight hour shifts. I am trying to get a second job because I cannot support myself on one job, and I'm wondering how you'd have any time off at all if you had to work five days a week at one job and then try to squeeze another job in on your days off. At least if you're only working three days a week at your main job, you can pick up one or two days somewhere else and still have two days per week off...
- 0Nov 20, '13 by OrganizedChaosI like 8s but I like having the days off during the week like working 12s. Right now since I'm pregnant I wish I could work 8s, I know working 12s will kill me. But when I work 12s it's so much easier to schedule doctor's appointments since I get days off during the week & don't have to take time off.
- 0Nov 29, '13 by meeks123My goal is to get a 12 hour shift job.. I would love it if it happened to be three days in a row...
Since I have no children, I would see it as a reason to hybernate from the outside world for three days and then enjoy my four days off... I see it as not a big deal or tiring, because during clinicals when I had my 12 hour shifts, I literally slept all day long, ate quickly, showered and went to the hospital... then came home, slept and repeated it again.
It wasn't bad for me and that would be my dream shift!!!
- 0Dec 1, '13 by newbieRN724I work at an SNF and I work the dreaded 3-11 FT. I really don't mind the shift, but with a family it feels like I'm never home and work runs my life. I am starting to feel burned out. My days off are spread out an i work every other mon/thurs. It's def not the best schedule. My last facility was 12hrs and I can do 12s no issues and I prefer it. The only con is that you do eat, sleep and go back to work. But I can handle that just because it would mean I get 4 days off
- 0Jan 21 by Been there,done thatThe flexibility of shifts should be offered . I like 4 10 hour shifts.
Of course, it depends on the preference and abilities of the individual nurse.
Think about this... the esteemed Mayo Clinic only staffed 12 hour shifts for nurses.... but
Pharmacy could only work up to 10 hours in a day. Their studies revealed a higher error rate after 10 hours of work.
Odd that nurses are the final check for the pharmacy , yet we could work 12's.