Can anyone tell me why most hospitals have trended away from 12 hour OR shifts in favor of 8 hour shifts? All of the hospitals in my area hire for 8's (usually M-F with a wknd rotation about every 4-6 weeks). Most hire either 3-11p or 11a-7p (in my hosp it's called a flex shift which is used to cover the 7a-3p workers meals and breaks). I personally HATE the 8's as it is much harder to get any time off (when you work 12's you automatically have days off built into your schedule), is more days of commuting, more gas $, etc as I live 40 min from work. Yes, I know 12's are longer and more exhausting but I would prefer the extra days off. I requested a change to 12's or 7a-3p in my hospital but I fear it will take YEARS to get either and there is a long list of people looking to siwtch ahead of me and nobody is leaving...we just came out of a hiring freeze that lasted for many years. My hosp does not allow part time either. Any suggestions? Please don't tell me to be grateful for a job...I am. I just would like to flexibility in the OR that others seem to have on the floors...we are all paid the same...we are all nurses!