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

  1. by   Nurse Ratched
    Stormy - 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 )
  2. by   rdhdnrs
    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.
  3. by   willie2001
    I 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!
  4. by   MollyJ
    Just 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.
  5. by   zudy
    I 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.
  6. by   townsend
    I 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!!!!!!!
  7. by   bestblondRN
    I 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!
  8. by   aj1973
    My 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!!
  9. by   2ndCareerRN
    I 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.

  10. by   Jonty45
    Our 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 )
  11. by   pebbles
    I 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.
  12. by   bagladyrn
    I 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!
  13. by   karenelizabeth
    12 hour shifts


    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