Are there 10 hr shifts in Nursing??

by firstinfamily firstinfamily, RN Member Nurse

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!!!


100 Posts

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. 6,923 Posts

I have never seen any 10 hour shifts.



76 Posts

We have 10 hr shifts in the OR.

HappyWife77, BSN, RN

Specializes in Gerontology RN-BC and FNP MSN student. Has 22 years experience. 739 Posts

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. 556 Posts

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. 1 Article; 535 Posts

I do 10 hr shifts in PDN.



Specializes in LTC, med/surg, hospice. Has 7 years experience. 1,198 Posts

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

Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in Psych ICU, addictions. 4 Articles; 7,907 Posts

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


RNperdiem, RN

Has 14 years experience. 4,555 Posts

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



Specializes in Perinatal. Has 3 years experience. 315 Posts

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, Nursing Professional Development. Has 17 years experience. 5 Articles; 11,204 Posts

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.