12 Hour Shifts - page 3
Does anyone else have issues with working 12 hour shifts? I have been a nurse for four years and I am still exhausted from working 12 hours (not to mention doing two or more in a row). I know, I... Read More
Jul 11, '02Occupation: RN - College Health Specialty: Geriatrics/Oncology/Psych/College Health ; Joined: Jun '02; Posts: 6,584; Likes: 70Stormy - so true. Despite all the difficulties in being a nurse, no other profession offers such flexibility.
(However, I still can't fathom ever wanting to do 12's again )
Jul 11, '02Occupation: ob staff nurse high-risk referral center Joined: Apr '01; Posts: 320; Likes: 32kewlnurse,
I'm in your camp. I love my 12-hour shifts. When I worked 8s, I felt like there was not much continuity in my patient care (L&D). Plus, I drive 30 minutes to my job and don't really want to do that five days a week.
Different strokes, I guess.
Jul 12, '02Occupation: RN Joined: Apr '01; Posts: 117; Likes: 18I just got off of 3 12 hour shifts in a row and have been totally exhausted all day. I got a call to see if I would work some extra today and said no, I was too exhaused and I'll be darned if I didn't get called later with the same request. I couldn't believe it! I work the day end of the 12's and it has been grueling 3 days. Leave me alone already!
Jul 12, '02Occupation: school nurse Specialty: 36 year(s) of experience ; Joined: Jun '99; Posts: 748; Likes: 68Just working 8 hr shifts on nights, I wrecked my car 3x in 18 months. You could say I didn't tolerate the sleep dep.
12's left me grumpy and feeling like life contained three things: work, sleep and days off, but woe betide if your family actually NEEDED you on one of those days of work. Still, lots of people like 'em. I wouldn't consider returning to the hospital if my only option were 12's.
Jul 12, '02Joined: May '02; Posts: 827; Likes: 42I work mostly 8's now, work some 12's. I love 12's, it's always been my favorite. Used to work weekend option in the ER, worked a 16 on saturday (7a to 11 p) then worked sunday (7a to 7p) unless we were short-staffed then I worked two 16's. I like 12's the best tho. I kept falling asleep on the WAY TO work on wekkend option.
Jul 17, '02Occupation: RN Joined: Jul '02; Posts: 2I used to work 12 hours shifts in the ICU, have worked days and nights with 12's, and I got to hate them. No way I could do more than three in a row, and by the time I recovered, it was time to go back to work. Have worked for an RN for 16 years, and finally have the perfect job, in a hospital too! Outpatient Surgery Center, working PACU, 7 - 3, Mon - Fri, weekends and holidays off, and no call!!!!!!! It's great!!! I can leave early if really necessary too, we call it an EO, or early out!!!!!!!
Jul 17, '02Occupation: Legal Nurse Consultant/Defense Med Mal Specialty: 30 year(s) of experience in OB, M/S, ICU, Neurosciences ; Joined: Dec '00; Posts: 398; Likes: 19I guess I just consider myself lucky to be in a profession where I have a choice of 8s or 12s. Most professions don't have the option. Personally, I love working 3 12s and having the extra days off, but that 3rd 12 is rough, and anything more than that, at my advanced age, is out of the question!
Jul 18, '02Occupation: CCRN in major city ICU Specialty: 12 year(s) of experience in ICU, PICU, Orthopaedics, Spinal ; Joined: Apr '02; Posts: 44; Likes: 2My workplace has been trialling 12 hour shifts for the past 3 months and I have had enough - I'm going back to the old 8 hour shifts from next week. I've found the 12 hour shifts incredibly drainingand they just seem to go on for ever. 12 ours is a very long time to just sit at the end of a bed in PICU. I've also found that i'm way more exhauted after 3 12 hour shifts than I ever wa after 5 or 6 8 hour shifts. But he big thing I'm looking forward to is havng my late shifts back - I'm not a morning person and I SO miss being able to start at 2:30 - that's the ideal kind of day for me!!
Jul 18, '02Joined: Mar '01; Posts: 1,050; Likes: 43I also am a natural night person, and so is my wife. With that in mind I arranged my schedule to work 6 12's on with eight off between them. I work the last 3 nights of a payperiod and the first three of the next. After the last one she usually gets me up after about 4 hours or so of sleep and we hang out at home that day. After that I am right back on a day schedule for anything we want to do. I guess the ability to switch around like that came from my military career, we often flew for 10-13 hours with only a 10 hour break until we went again. That and we could go at anytime of the day or night.
I would hate to have to work 5 days in a row to get my 40 hours, just shoot me now!! Esp since I can work 6 and get my 72. Then I get my mini vacation, every other week.
Jul 18, '02Occupation: RN SICU Specialty: 45 year(s) of experience in General, Trauma, Military (Spec Forces) ; Joined: May '01; Posts: 34; Likes: 2Our unit gives you a choice of 7.30am to 3.30 pm 1pm to 9pm or the long day 7.30 am to 9 pm. Thats 12.5 hours paid time 3 of those reminds me how old I'm gettiong )
Jul 18, '02Joined: Jan '02; Posts: 562; Likes: 128I found that the 12 hour shifts are MUCH easier to handle once I started exercising and eating right.... My body just wasn't up to the added strain before...
Now I have energy on my days off too.
Jul 18, '02Occupation: travel nurse - ob Specialty: OB ; Joined: Jul '01; Posts: 3,170; Likes: 4,503I also love my 12 hr. nights - I travel and won't contract for anything else. What's the point in traveling if I don't have the days off to explore?
I have learned though, not to go anywhere near a store before sleeping after working a stretch. My closet is full of the result of shopping while judgement is impaired!
Jul 18, '02Occupation: neonatal nurse Joined: May '01; Posts: 140; Likes: 512 hour shifts
LOVE'EM LOVE'EM LOVE'EM
I work 12 hour shifts (works out 12 1/2hrs at work) rotate Month days Month nights have done now for 4 years dont think I would want to do anything else now unless I could afford to drop my hours.
I do up to 5 nights together but this means I have no social life in that time (don't have kids) I'm simply not capable of anything other than eat sleep and work. Tried to do 6 together (used to do 7/8 streight when on 10hr nights) when I first started just left me in a heap and took me all my time off to get over.
12hr days I do up to 4 if it includes a weekend put I prefer them in 2s and 3s as it gives my time to have fun inbetween I hate it when I get shift Day off alternating all week. For me the main advantage of doing then is not getting that Late/early combo killed me I now finish at 8pm rather than 945pm which is great.
We were lucky though as we got the chance to choose the Unit still runs in a combo of shifts 12hrs,8hr days 10hr nights and 4hr twilight interesting to staff but works well most of the time