12 hour shift - page 3

I was wondering how everyone feels about12 hour shifts. Is it safe to work that long of a shift?... Read More

  1. by   Biffbradford
    What our hospital management likes to do is have us work 12s on Thurs, Fri, Sat, then Tues, Weds, Thurs. So you're doing 6 twelves in 8 days. None of it overtime since its technically only 3 days each week. Even better? A number of us were put through this over Xmas. Do you think we feel like going for a run after a stretch like that?
  2. by   rngolfer53
    The link is to a editorial, not a study, but it brings up some serious safety drawbacks to both nurse and patients (not to speak of innocent motorists) as a result of 12s.

    American Nurse Today
  3. by   LadyFree28
    Rather have 12s...I cannot tolerate working more than three days a week. If I have to work another day over, I absolutely cannot function...I just can't...And I'm talking about 5 8hr days. Too many days in a row. I like 2 days on a day off in between, day on, then three days off in a row.

    My unit staffs 50% Mondays and Fridays, three week rotations. You usually have two-three days off before the rotations happen, so if I choose to pick up shifts or a few hours here and there, I will try my best to at least have a day off before I pick up a shift, even if I can't pick up that day, my health is more important than extra money.

    Thank god we have no mandates...if they absolutely need people, we are able to negotiate time change, and that's usually doable...if not, I have enough skin in the game to catch up on sleep and still make my life-career balance work.
  4. by   Biffbradford
    If you're having an M.I. and getting admitted to the ICU, or your beloved Grandma is having a stroke and is being admitted to the ICU: do you want me at hour 11 of my 6th twelve hour shift in 8 days? or hour 7 of my 5th eight hour shift? Put this another way, on my last hour of work in that long stretch of 12 hour shifts ... do you think I have the energy to really care?
  5. by   bradons
    Love my 12 hour shifts.

    Like the time off during the week and on weekends.

    Would never go to 8 hr shifts.
  6. by   proud nurse
    I cannot stand 12 hour shifts. I don't even like the concept of having someone work 3 12's in a row. What else do you have time for? When I worked that schedule, I was good for absolutely nothing other than to work then sleep.

    I find 8 hour shifts much more doable. I agree you have to come to work more often but IMO and in my case I am able to provide better and safer care.
  7. by   Blue Roses
    I worked 12 hour night shifts and barely lasted a year in that job. I think it just wasn't for me. I'm starting at an 8 hour day shift job and looking forward to it. I know lots of nurses who thrive on the 12 hour shift.
  8. by   Bubbles
    No wonder that was your former hospital! Isn't working 48 hrs. without overtime pay illegal?
  9. by   ♪♫ in my ♥
    Quote from Jujubees
    Do you guys get overtime for the last 4 hours? Or when you work 4 12 hours shifts? When you miss your meal break do you get missed break pay? A few things I've been wondering, this seemed an appropriate place to ask.
    No OT for hours 8-12.

    Double time over 12

    Time-and-a-half over 40 hrs in a week

    Love 12-hr shifts...

    I usually work 4 or 5 nights per week (very busy ED).
  10. by   applewhitern
    I worked 12's for over 20 years. I thought that was the ultimate way to work! Now I have been working 8's for several years and love it. With 12's (that always turned into 14's) and usually no break whatsoever, I would be too tired to do anything on my days off. Now I get tons of sleep, feel rested and alert. At one hospital where I worked for 8 years, everybody but me worked 7-on, 7-off, 12.5 hour shifts! I refused to, and worked 5-on, 2-off, 2-on, 5-off. It still beat me up. I only work part-time now, and find that I bring home almost as much in my paycheck, due to the way taxes are. No amount of money is worth it to me anymore. And I hope I never have to do back-to-back nights again!
  11. by   LTCNS
    I worked Baylor shift at a nursing home which was 12 hrs. Sat. and 12 hrs. Sun. with Monday-Friday off. Got paid for 72 hours per pay period. Only reason I went to a "normal" 8am-4:30pm Mon-Fri. job is because I had no benefits whatsoever in the Baylor position, and now I have benefits out the wazoo. Problem is, I kick myself everyday for giving up that Baylor position and wish I could find another one but with benefits.
  12. by   KelRN215
    Quote from Bubbles
    No wonder that was your former hospital! Isn't working 48 hrs. without overtime pay illegal?
    Technically but the hospital found a loophole by classifying ALL RNs as "salaried, exempt employees"... so they didn't pay us overtime at all and didn't pay us for lunches we worked through or time spent working after our shifts had officially ended but we didn't get any of the perks that the true salaried employees got... we couldn't just come in late or leave early if we had appointments or kid's soccer games to get to, we couldn't work fewer than our weekly hours without getting chased to "make up" the hours and we still had to work weekends and holidays.
  13. by   915Chief
    I love 3 12s per week as it gives me 4 OFO days. I understand about the bathroom breaks and decided long ago that I'd rather get chewed out for taking an extra minute to do most tasks (unless it's a priority one EMS run) than wetting my pants which is not only unprofessional, but un-hygenic. Lunches always seems to be an odd issue that varies from hospital to hospital. In the last place I worked they would make you clock in/out for lunch, but then track you down to do some task, etc. so that you really didn't get your break. At the place I work now, you not only get your lunch, but they'll track you down and have a word with you if you don't take your full lunch break. I was so stunned I was sure the cafeteria had slipped me a mickey....