Quote from BabyRN_06
I have a question...From what I've heard and read...is it true that most nurses don't work everyday (M-F) on a typical 7 or 8 hour shift ? Is it more like you work a chunk of time a few days a week? How are most work schedules set?
Everyplace does something different, so there is no universal type of scheduling for nursing. But if anyone's looking for a M-F day job, nursing isn't it! True, there are doctor's offices, clinics, and scheduled surgery jobs, and those usually have pretty "normal" hours, but if you work in a hospital, forget about it. Even the most senior nurses don't get that schedule! I mean, day shift M-F only makes up 40 hours of the week, and a week is 168 hours!
Most hospitals have a mix of 8 and 12 hour shifts, and most places you have to work at least 1-2 weekends per month. Many day shift positions require floating to nights a few times a month. Usually if you work evenings or nights you don't have to float to days. Some places let you choose whether or not you prefer your days on/off clumped together, others kind of do it for you. When you go on interviews after graduation, these are great questions to ask nurse managers, so you have an idea of what that unit does. GOOD LUCK!