Quote from skislalom
After working 8's and switching to 12's, I would have to say YES! I am not rushed, I have more time to review labs, H&P, diagnostics etc. Working 8's I felt rushed through my shift and never had the time to look at the history of most of my patients. I love to tag team (I work 12, the relief RN works 12...we can discuss how the patient has progressed or declined...etc). I have more time with my patients. I would never go back to 8's. Yes I sometimes have a lull in my shift (if I'm lucky) but by 0500...we start rolling and are running until we run out the door by 0800. I work med/surg/tele and have 4-6 pts w/ or often w/out an aide.
Thank you Brainy and ski. I havent really met someone that disliked 12 hours shifts, so I am not really surprised to find people that like them. But its good to get input regarding them. From my reasoning, the longer the work day, the more the fatigue, the more chance of bad outcomes for the nurse and the patient. But you point out some advantages I had not considered.
When my mom was in a 12 hour shift hospital, I talked to one nurse that was working beyond the 12hr...16.I believe. We were staying with my mom, round the clock. It was one week before someone managed to smile and say,,,hello, ..how are you? And it wasnt a nurse, it was an xray tech. Most of the nurses looked so depressed, looking down at the floor, as they walked by. I just didnt know if the long shifts and understaffing is what is contributing to the high burn out rate in nursing. I also think, once you agree to a 12 hr shift its easier to get you to work, 2 hrs more, and where does it stop? But I guess if you were offered an 8hr shift for 12 hrs pay you would still prefer 12r shift...<smile>