Are 12 hour shifts terribly long?

  1. Im a nursing student and Im just wondering if the 12 hour shifts go by fast or if they just drag on. I know working previous jobs 8 hours seems way too long, but maybe since you are always doing something in nursing it helps?
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  3. by   MuddaMia
    Well...they are just a tad more than an 11 hr shift...and just shy of a 13 hr shift

    (sorry--I need to get to bed. I am slap-happy:smackingf )
  4. by   LauraF, RN
    I like my 12's. I'm there for 2 twelves and I'm done. I do a lot of catching up from the other shifts. I try to organize things, often get yelled at about it. But I can't stand a messy area. That takes a lot of my down time. My feet sure are tired though by the end of the 12. If you work 8's you have to work more days a week. I prefer to be with my family.
  5. by   firstyearstudent
    In her book Nursing Against the Odds, Suzanne Gordon argues against 12-hour shifts for a variety of reasons. She says that most nurses like them because the job is so heinous they want to get their workweek over with...
  6. by   dragonflyRN
    12's go by quick too. I'd rather care for my patient's another 4 hours...than to have to work 5 days a week
  7. by   RazorbackRN
    Quote from tbahde
    Im a nursing student and Im just wondering if the 12 hour shifts go by fast or if they just drag on. I know working previous jobs 8 hours seems way too long, but maybe since you are always doing something in nursing it helps?

    I graduated from nursing school in May. I remember during my clinicals (which were 8 hours) thinking, "gosh, this sure is a long day...sure am glad I'm not here for 12 hrs because I'd be bored". Boy, was I ever wrong. Some days I look up at the clock and 8 hours have passed before I've even had a chance to sit down and document, pee, take a drink or anything else.
  8. by   Midwest4me
    I work a variety of shifts but I find that the 12-hr day shifts are busier(and pass faster) than the 12-hr night shifts. Also because oftentimes my 12s are not always all together but may be separated by a day, I don't feel so exhausted.
  9. by   bsunurse
    I love the 12 hour shifts. It is a lot easier to stay for an extra 4 hours then think about coming into work for 4 or 5 straight days. Plus when you do have to work an 8 hour shift, it flies by and seems like a 1/2 day. Good luck!
  10. by   vamedic4
    Quote from dragonflyRN
    12's go by quick too. I'd rather care for my patient's another 4 hours...than to have to work 5 days a week
    :yeahthat:

    What she said.
  11. by   bethin
    I love 12's. I found out after doing 8 hour shifts for a long time that my feet don't hurt anymore after a 12 than they do after an 8. Also, I'm no more tired. Plus, you only have to work 3 days a week.
  12. by   nursemike
    Quote from firstyearstudent
    In her book Nursing Against the Odds, Suzanne Gordon argues against 12-hour shifts for a variety of reasons. She says that most nurses like them because the job is so heinous they want to get their workweek over with...
    I love my stupid job, but I love my home and my time off, too. Three twelves seems like a nice balance between having some disposable income and the time to dispose of it properly. But I do nights, so that does tend to screw up one of my days off, a bit.

    If I work 11-7, it sometimes goes a bit slow, but if I work 7-7, I'm usually so far behind by 11 that I need to rest of the night to get caught up.
  13. by   Tweety
    Dreadfully long. It goes by fast if your busy. Slow if your not. It's worth it to me to have four days off a week.
  14. by   mmsparkle
    I also prefer 12 hour shifts. However I think it would depend on your work environment. When I was working on the wards, with 16 patients (32 if short-staffed) 8 hours was enough. I tried 14 hour shifts (07.30 - 21.25 (yeah right, more like 22.30) in an attempt to reduce my unpaid overtime (it had been around an hour after every shift just catching up on paperwork). I personally felt then that with that many patients, I couldn't remember everything - if someone came to take over from me in the afternoon, anything I'd missed would be picked up on by a fresh set of eyes.

    Now I'm in a critical care environment, with just 2 patients, I love my 12 hour shifts. So much more time off; a whole day to plan your care, time any tasks around everything else going on that day. Not as tiring, either. If you're busy, it's because the patient's sick - makes it that much more interesting. Ifyou're quiet, there's more time to spend with each patient / family.
    Love it!

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