Anyone work five 8's in a row 11p-7a?

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Specializes in Diabetes ED, (CDE), CCU, Pulmonary/HIV.

I worked five consecutive 8-hr shifts for several years. I found it easier to do than other arrangements on nights. The key to working nights is to be able to sleep during the day. I usually slept several hrs when I first got home, then napped from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m..

In my opinion, 12 hr shifts are much harder physically. Rarely was I able to work three 12's in a row.

TiffyRN, BSN, PhD

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Specializes in Nurse Scientist-Research.

Back when I worked 8's I went several months working five 8hr shifts in a row. It was fine. I like working my days in row because I get to know my assignment. And if I don't like my assignment, I'm not afraid to ask for re-assignment.

I have been known to work as many as six 12's in a row and that's WAY harder than that many 8's in a row. Working that many 12's in a row is really exhausting, not like working 8's. Having said that; I prefer overall to work 12hr shifts.

Specializes in Rehab.

I am currently working 8's, but did 12s in the past. I hate hate hate working 5 days a week, but it's my option at the moment. Before, if I had to work 5 days a week doing 12s, at least I had the incentive of A- massive overtime, and B- probably having a stretch of 4-5 days off in a row. Now, my work week seems endless. Obviously, I'm a strong 12 lover.

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