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7 on / 7 off


Putting the call out for experiences, thoughts, pitfalls, and joys of working a 7on/7off inpatient schedule.

My job is changing and I'm concerned about this schedule. I'd like to hear from those who have actually worked this way...are you so exhausted that you're ineffective in the last days? How do you have "real life" during the 7 on - things like grocery shopping, cleaning house, running errands, exercising, spending time with spouse/family members, etc.

Thanks for your input.

I have worked this specific schedule going on 8+ years now and I absolutely love it. As with other schedules you learn to overcome and adapt. One downside when working this schedule and mine is 7/12's then 7/off is when taking vacation days you have to burn 12 hours but if done right you can have a 21 days off burning 7 days vacation only.

Anyways I like it but it certainly isn't for everyone.

As a matter of fact, this position with this 7on/7off schedule does NOT accrue vacation days. The reckoning is that since you're working 180-something days per year versus the traditional 240 (or so) days per year, you don't need vacation. So no paid time off EXCEPT 5 days for CME.

I would work opposite one other person so if either of us wanted, say, 14 days off in a row the other would be forced to work 14 in a row.


Let me start off by saying that I am not a RN but I work in a field that has some similarities.We are a 24/7/365 operation including holidays. There is always people at work. With that said I would be looking for another place of employment if my employer tried to pull that no vacation accrued bs with me. If you break it down, based on a 40 hour work week you work real close to the same amount of hours but come up a tad bit short. The difference in hours/wages is made up by working OT hours when your on schedule.Just my opinion but I would be looking for another place to work asap.


Specializes in PICU. Has 23 years experience.

Whaa, no vacation time? That's crazy. Where I've been and where I will be working 3 12-hour shifts/week is considered full time, and you accrue paid time off as a full time employee. You are doing even more, since my schedule is 6 shifts in two weeks, you are doing 7. Also, I couldn't imagine working 7 12-hr shifts in a row. I'd be dead on my feet.

I would never work anything but 7 on 7 off again. Certainly never a straight 5 day a week job. That crap sucks! With 7 on 7 off.....yes the 7 on is hard, but then you get 7 off, which is like having 2 vacation weeks per month!!! Again, I would NEVER EVER...go back to 5 day a week crap....EVER!