"Older" nurses and 12 hour shifts - page 3

a recent medscape article "oldies are goodies" talks about the value of "older" nurses (age 45 and up) and how to best retain them. the article suggests that according to this article i'm... Read More

  1. by   Retired R.N.
    Instituting mandatory 12-hour shifts seems like one very simple way for a hospital or LTC to "clean house" and get rid of all the "older" nurses without running the risk of a lawsuit based on age discrimination. Mandatory swing shifts is another scheme that has been used for many years.
  2. by   snowfreeze
    I am almost 50, I work 12's and 8's, I often schedule a string of 6 days through my weekend to work and then I have 5 days off through my next weekend. Many times that involves 2 or 3 12's in a row plus the other 8 hour shifts attached to them. I still do fine with that. Maybe retention is better served by offering a variety of options versus, older nurses need to work daylight or lesser hours per shift.
    I was hired for 12's and 8's daylight and evenings, we have self scheduling and are open to switching days if last minute needs arise. We have rare call-offs and are a very busy telemetry unit. Right now we are pretty well staffed so having more than the 'grid' patient load doesn't happen more than once a week and usually does not involve more than 4 hours.
  3. by   Ruby Vee
    [font="comic sans ms"]i'm 51, and i've been working 12 hour shifts since 1983. i wouldn't want to work 8s for anything.
  4. by   KaroSnowQueen
    I am an "oldie" but prefer 12 hr shifts, as I have a one hour one way commute, and sure as heck don't want to do it more than I have to. That said, I can't do three 12's in a row anymore. I do two, have a day off or two, then pick up the third one. Used to work six in a row when younger. Not any more!!!!!
  5. by   oldiebutgoodie
    I'm 5, and have been a nurse for over a year. I really like 12 hour shifts, but am changing units to work 2 12's rather than 12's (since the 12 ends up being 13 anyway). That way, I am flexible and can pick up another shift if I want.

    I think that the key to retaining nurses in general is to find ways to accomodate their health/sleep styles, etc. Forcing schedules onto nurses is a sure way to make them find other jobs.

    Hospitals should just get rid of rotating schedules, because everyone hates them, and the research shows that it's unhealthy, besides.

    Weekender programs where nurses are paid extra for the weekend duty is a great idea, too.

  6. by   law3576
    my mother is 53 and works the 7p to 7a shift 4-5 days every week. She is an ER nurse and seems to be doing fine. She is exhausted though by the end of her week and feels that she only has one day off because the first day off she spends sleeping. I think it's just the energy level. I know for myself that I could never do that and I am only 27.
  7. by   FranEMTnurse
    I used to pull allnighters and doubles all the time when I was younger, but since I now have pulmonary hypertension, and numerous other ailments, I'm now on the receiving end and hate it. There isn't 6 hours that goes by where I'm out of pain. Bleah.