8hr vs. 12hr work days - page 5

by sjm30

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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


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    I *like* working 8s, the downfall to that is if you get mandated, which happens fairly frequently where I work, you are working 16 hours which I assure you, is not so much fun.
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    I 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.
    DizzyLizzyNurse likes this.
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    I wouldn't do this job if it were 5 days a week. I enjoy nursing more than my office gigs but the compressed work week was a huge draw for me.
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    I 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...
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    I love my 12s on days/evenings, especially if scheduled 3 days in a row. It sucks to miss the world for 3 days/week, but I like the pt continuity on the unit, and days off to enjoy the rest of my life and projects.
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    I 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.
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    I've worked 8hr and 12 hr shifts, and I think I definitely like 12 hr ones better. You get more days off and I feel like I have more time to get everything done in my shift.
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    My 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!!!
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    I 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
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    The 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.


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