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Effect of 12 Hour Shifts on Patient Care and the Nurse: A Need for Change.

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LindaGracie is a ADN, BSN and specializes in geriatric, psychiatric/mental illness.

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How can I bring change to 12 hour shifts on patient care?

Many nurses find it difficult to work 12 hour shifts both physically and cognitively. Research has shown working 12 hour shifts often effect nurses’ critical thinking, productivity and job satisfaction which impacts patient care and patient safety. This Article discusses a change theory which can be used to implement changes to the current practice of working 12 hour shifts. You are reading page 8 of Effect of 12 Hour Shifts on Patient Care and the Nurse: A Need for Change.. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

myoglobin has 11 years experience as a ASN, BSN, MSN and specializes in ICU, trauma, neuro.

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HCA laughs at the law and complaints result in people going missing (at least professionally). You would be safer with illicit photos of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton than complaining against HCA. This is the company that had the largest health care fine in the history of civilization well over a billion dollars and still posted record profits. Then the CEO in charge went on to become Governor and now Senator.  Clearly you don't understand the power of the dark side.  Only "the force" of California is strong enough to compel them to do things like offer safe staffing ratios and actually ensure employees get breaks.  

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12 hour shifts can work well for many nurses.  Mandatory allowed hours vary state to state by law.  I work in NW Indiana in a smaller community hospital.  In the smaller units on off tours there are only two nurses in the floor.  We get no relief to leave the floor for a 30 minute lunch break. We eat in a back room, are not paid for the lunch break.  The state labor dept states this is okay.  If you put no lunch too much you are said to be unproductive.  Nurses need to be protected better on a FEDERAL level as right to work states do not always protect their nurses.

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and see what bills are in Congress

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LindaGracie is a ADN, BSN and specializes in geriatric, psychiatric/mental illness.

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On 11/12/2019 at 8:51 PM, RNsheal said:

Do a Google search-NursesTakeDC Conference 2020

and see what bills are in Congress

RNsheal, Thank you so much for sharing this information. I think all nurses should check out what bills are in Congress. I know I plan to check this out.

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LindaGracie is a ADN, BSN and specializes in geriatric, psychiatric/mental illness.

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On 11/10/2019 at 1:30 PM, Hoosier_RN said:

I think it would be nice if acute and sub acute could offer a mix...not everyone wants 8s, not everyone wants 12s, and reasons vary...one area hospital does offer a mix, and they say it works out great for them

I agree this would be the best solution. That way all nurses would be happy with their work hours. Thanks for sharing.

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ArmyRntoMD specializes in Critical Care.

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If it weren’t for 12 hour shifts I wouldn’t have done nursing. Some of us don’t want to feel trapped in a 5 day a week work week, I never could’ve done premed and went to college if this were the case. 

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I quit a job that I did three 12s at for a job with five 8s, mostly for the reason of just being able to actually DO something on the days that I work. I like to go to the gym 6 days a week. Working 12s does not allow for that opportunity, you have time for work, a meal after and then bed before doing it again. 

Unfortunately at the new job they went to 12s fairly shortly after I started. I work two jobs and I would almost rather work 7 days of the week but have 5-6 hours each day to do as I please, than to have 3 complete days of the week where I quite literally cannot do anything but work and sleep. 8s fly by in an absolute breeze compared to 12s once you have worked both. I would never willingly agree to 12s if I didn't have to. 

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ArmyRntoMD specializes in Critical Care.

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I don’t understand how anyone can go back to school working 5 days a week. It’s hard for me only working three. T/Th at school, fri/sat/sun working in the hospital. Gives me two days to study 

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Ikve worked 12 hr nights, 7p-7:30a for the last 8 years, but I’ve always been an afternoon/night person. 12 hrs wasn’t a main problem, having a single day off was a wasted day of my life. I asked my manager if I could get 3 days in a row.  I’ve wound up doing a weekend option, F/Sa/Su, and that’s been great for me. Not to mention, there was a pay bonus.

Friday night is a bit rough at 0200-0400, but the rest is OK. Oh, and I’m 66. 

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