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Hi Everyone,

I just returned to the hospital after many, many years away as registry.  I am orienting on the Med-Surge floor and finding that the 12 hour shifts are just really too much for me.  Wondering if just covering partial shifts is of any value to a hospital.  I have seen it done once since I started.   I am thinking that after orientation, I will come in when called rather than signing up for a full shift.  I would offer to come in for 4-6 hours.  Do you see this where you are working?

 

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kbrn2002 has 25 years experience as a ADN, RN and specializes in Geriatrics.

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I've never heard of such a thing. Even casual/on call nurses are scheduled a full shift with the exception of the rare case when somebody is unexpectedly needed part way through a shift.  We do however have both 8 and 12 hour shifts available which can leave some 4 hour shifts available if a 12 hour shift is filled by somebody doing an 8 hour and somebody else picking up the 4 hour.  I am assuming though by your use of the term registry nurse that you are not in the US?  Scheduling might be totally different where you are so I guess it sure wouldn't hurt to approach your employer about the possibility of doing this. 

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Thanks kbm2002.  I am going to try and hang in there just to get the experience.  Thanks so much for the response.  Sure wish our hospitals offered 8 hour shifts on the floor.  Twelve hours is just so difficult.  

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