never hurts to ask-we offer 4, 8, 12, and 16 hour shifts based on your needs and full time status. If FT you may work 8's or 12's. I find there are pros and cons. I will try to explain. PLEASE bear with me if I get wordy or lost!!
So, it used to be that we just basically worked 8 hour shifts, 12s if someone called in or they needed extra help.
8 hour shift: PRO-continuity of care. You are there five days a week if you work 8s. The patients pretty much get the same caregivers and nurses and that makes such an impact on their care and so forth. Plus, as the nurse, you KNOW the patients. CON-you are there 5 days a week.
I don't see much of a GOOD for 12s except time in days.
I work eves-here is how it used to be. East Hall: SCI wing has one RN, one Tech and a MEd nurse (I would have another hall too) This is how it was five days a week-we work EOW.
NOW, you may have one girl who works 07-7p, another comes in 7p-07a and then isn't there for another 48 hours, and a different person takes over. Or, you have one tech from 07-11, another from 11am to 7pm, another from 7pm to 7am. Then next day, that hall's tech is there from 7am to 7pm, the next person from 7pm to 11pm, the next from 11pm to 7am. NEXT day, different tech from 07-15, 15-23 and 23-07. See what I mean? ( not only for techs, but charge nurses and med passing-though usually the RNS are the same during the day since they are primary nurses)
Plus, it does wear on a person to be there for SO LONG. Rehab is a heavy heavy work load-and not just physically either. These people are in between in getting better. They either require a lot, a little or none at all. They span across so many types-okay, I am tired. GOing on 3 am!!!!
Anyway, I like 8's. If i had to work 12's I would do so, I have worked at a HS that did ONLY 12s. It was fine, but I think really it needs to be one or the other and 12's happen to cover parts of 8s where people call in.
How confused are you now????