8 hour days or 12 hours days? - page 3

I graduate in June and have a job lined up at a hospital about 45 mins to an hour away. I agreed to working 3 12 hour shifts since the commute was so long. I have talked to some who say 12's are... Read More

  1. by   Bobbkat
    I work 2 12's and 2 8's a week. There are pluses and minuses to each shift. On one hand, I like that I feel like I am either coming in late or leaving early on my 8 hour days. On the other, I do have a tendency to leave late on the days that I work 8 hours, since chances are I have patient care to complete right up until time to give report. Plus, when my unit is slammed (like it is right now), if I am working an 8, I can pretty much count on someone begging me to stay a full 12 anyways. That can get pretty annoying when you just want to go home.

    I feel much less rushed during a 12 hour shift. I always leave on time (barring circumstances I can't control, like an admission coming in right before shift change that I am responsible for starting, oncoming shift running late, etc). I am really drained at the end of most 12's, however. I have an hour drive home, and by the time I get home, I just want to drop.

    I also have the option of working 5 8's, or 3 12's and 1 4. Anything that adds up to 40 hours a week. To be honest though, I'm looking forward to a few months from now when I am approved to start working 3-12's a week only. Hooray for 36 hours!! My drive is just to long to drive out 4 days a week.
  2. by   Multicollinearity
    I feel like I have the best in-between. I work 4 10-hour shifts/week. However, they often turn into 12-14 hour shifts.

    I like 10s because it gives me 3 days off a week, but they aren't as tiring as 12s (or more).

    I was on five 8-hour shifts for months and then negotiated my way into 10s after my probationary period.