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Are there 10 hr shifts in Nursing??

Has 33 years experience.

Hi everyone, I returned to acute care and am on orientation this week. I survived my first 12 hour shift and was curious as to if anyone has heard of 10 hour shifts for nursing?? I know the business world does these and usually working four 10 hour shifts meets full-time requirements. I realize with our 24 hour coverage there would be 4 hours that would need either part-time or PRN staff. Just curious. My body wants to quit at 1600!!!

I know some ERs have all types of 10hr shifts but don't know about other units

loriangel14, RN

Specializes in Acute Care, Rehab, Palliative.

I have never seen any 10 hour shifts.

HappyWife77, BSN, RN

Specializes in Gerontology RN-BC and FNP MSN student. Has 20 years experience.

Have you tried taking late lunch breaks? I try to do lunch around 2 or 2:30pm then once I get back...its almost time to go home. I've never heard of 10 hour shifts unless management does them, not staff nurses as we need our floor coverage 24 hours.

proud nurse, BSN, RN

Specializes in Medical Oncology, Alzheimer/dementia. Has 15 years experience.

We don't have them at our hospital. But if we did, I'd want to change from my 12 hour shifts.


Specializes in Renal and Telemetry. Has 5 years experience.

I do 10 hr shifts in PDN.


Specializes in LTC, med/surg, hospice. Has 7 years experience.

I think surgery areas like PACU, OR, Pre holding do 10 hours. The cath lab here does them also.

Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Psych ICU, addictions.

I have seen 10 hour shifts in our intake department (psych).

RNperdiem, RN

Has 14 years experience.

At my hospital dialysis works 10 hour shifts. They do have to take call though.


Specializes in Perinatal. Has 3 years experience.

I'm in L&D and there are several nurses who work 10's. They are "old" positions that are no longer available; once they leave or retire the position will no longer exist. I am actually a little confused by it since they first hour and last hour they are not really doing much since they either have yet to get report or have already reported off.

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, education. Has 15 years experience.

We have 10 hr shifts in the OR.

Same here, but it's a very limited number to balance out later running surgeries. Vast majority are 8 hours.

Lev, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency - CEN. Has 7 years experience.

Our ED has 10 hour shifts. I've heard that 10 hour shifts are more common in PACU and ED settings.

Been there,done that, ASN, RN

Has 33 years experience.

My first position ( in a hospital) ... a gazillion years ago was 10 hours. In my current position in UM for an insurance company . most case managers work 4 ten hour shifts.

Flexible scheduling is a perk you must seek out. It's out there.... go for it.

TiffyRN, ADN, BSN, PhD

Specializes in NICU. Has 27 years experience.

I heard of 10hr shifts a long time ago in a cardiac ICU that was more a post-cath & PTCA unit. They were supposed to help staff heavier for the times when the patients still had their sheaths & when they needed one-on-one time to pull them. Problem was;

and this is probably why 10hr shifts are rare,

Is they couldn't always staff themselves.

They wanted to pull from the rest of the hospital, but the other floors weren't on board. The supervisors would ask the 10hr person to stay 2 more hours, or the unit would run short until the next shift came in. They eventually gave up and staffed like the rest of the hospital.

Message here; has to be the whole hospital or a unit that is completely self-staffed.

ThePrincessBride, BSN

Specializes in Med-Surg, NICU. Has 5 years experience.

I know there are 10 hour shifts in ambulatory care, PACU, and cath lab. Four ten-hour shifts sounds really nice.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 14 years experience.

Some clinics and doctors' offices staff with four 10-hour shifts per week. In the area where I reside, finding a doctors' office that is open more than four days a week is becoming increasingly rare. The newer generation of physicians in my metro area seems to place a high value on work/life balance.

RNperdiem, RN

Has 14 years experience.

See the commonality here: procedural units, not inpatient care.


Specializes in ICU/PACU. Has 10 years experience.

I've worked 10 hr shifts in PACU, 4 shifts a week. It was really nice. Try IR too.

Boog'sCRRN246, RN

Specializes in Utilization Management. Has 9 years experience.

My unit (inpatient rehab) used to have 10-hour shifts, but when the hours didn't mesh well with floating (rehab nurses getting off at 1700 when the next nurse didn't come in until 1900), they were changed to 12-hour shifts.


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