Eight or Twelve Hour Shifts - page 2

If you are a nurse (RN/LPN/NA) currently employed in an acute care environment, please participate by selecting one answer that describes you best: I prefer 8 hour shifts and I have no nursing... Read More

  1. by   madwife2002
    I voted and would only work 12 hour shifts unless I was doing overtime
  2. by   outcomesfirst
    Thanks for the participation! Keep it coming! Happy Holidays to all!
  3. by   athena55
    Hello Everyone!
    I have been a registered nurse for over 31 years (wow, time sure flies) and I am a 12 hour kind of gal. Nights. Currently I am working at the VA (VISN3) and the hospital doesn't offer 12 hour shifts on the unit where I am (telemetry) but my fingers are crossed that soon they will implement 12 hours shifts house-wide.
    Have worked nights for most of these last 31 years.....Now working third tour (evenings) and y'all know how it is....By the time I am finished up with all the required paper-work/computer imputing....I leave the unit after 10 hours! Sigh...
    Happy Holidays to One and All. Have a very safe, healthy New Year 2007
    77th RRC
    8th Med Bde
    4219th USAH
  4. by   preemieRNkate
    12 hour shifts and I have less than 5 years of experience (2.5). Can't beat working 3 days a week!
  5. by   bethin
    Quote from suzanne4
    Won't touch anything if it is not 12 hour shifts.

    :yeahthat: I do weekend option - 2 12's every weekend and I love having 5 days off. Will never ever go back to 8's.
  6. by   jadegypsy
    After 3o years of lifting, lugging, tugging, pulling, hefting, pushing, hauling and wrestling, I ain't got 12 good hours a day left in me. My back aches, my sciatica is a killer, got arthritis in my hips, hands, feet, ankles and back. Got a slipped disc, a fused spine from a stress fracture (lifted a 300 lb pt during an emergency and broke my darn back doing it.) Arches fell 20 years ago, rump followed a few years later--now by doggong cheeks and eyelids are tryng to join em. Worst part-doesn't seem to be too many kids coming up behind me. If you need me to work for another 10 years, you better start protecting me a little. Shorter shifts, lift team and devices, power stretchers, easier to move equipment etc. all will take the strain off the old bod.
  7. by   NurseKymba
    Up until this year I loved 12s ... but my health took a nosedive and those long shifts just kill me now! I crave to remain at the bedside, but can't see being able to if we aren't given options on how to make the shift length work for nurses of all abilities.

    When I was new, I worked 6 -12s in a row just to get extra time off in a row to travel out of town ... now I struggle to do 2 in a row. Jadegypsy is right - we can't keep experienced care at the bedside if we can't take care of our workers.

    Just my 2 cents
  8. by   ncrachuj
    I would rather work 8 hour shifts and have a good week all week instead of 2 or 3 good days and the rest I am beat! When you work 12 hours and have to stay over it is the pits. And when you need 2 days off that is 24 hours!
    I want to go back to eight and have every day be a good day.
  9. by   NurseKymba
  10. by   CareBearnurse
    As an older nurse, with over 20 yrs experience, I would prefer part time 3-4 times a week of 8 hour shifts. Now I work 2 12 hr shifts per week, nights and I'm wiped out for one and a half days after ward, and I can't do two 12's in a row. But I do see other nurses my age doing 12 hrs fulltime. It's rough on this arthritic nurse, lol.
  11. by   ElvishDNP
    I prefer 12s; that's all I do. But I only do 2 per week back-to-back nights. If I start out at 11p as opposed to 7p, I feel like I'm behind all night. That may change as I get older.
  12. by   S.T.A.C.E.Y
    Quote from NMSANE
    When I was new, I worked 6 -12s in a row just to get extra time off in a row to travel out of town
    I used to do this in my last job! I loved it 'cause I could take off on a pretty good vacation every two weeks! Ohhhh, that was a sweet schedule. Hopefully when I'm working as an RN (still a student now) I'll be able to handle (and get) a schedule like that at some point--while I'm still young.
  13. by   outcomesfirst
    Thanks for all the great comments, keep them coming! Please vote if you are reviewing this poll. There is a greater purpose here, that I will share with all when the time is right. I really appreciate your time and input. YOU are valued! Thank You and Happy Holidays!