How did nursing ever "buy into" 12-hr shifts??? - page 3

My unit has lost four nurses to other non-hospital jobs, so the nurses can be home in the evening with their young children. How did we ever get to 12 hour shifts? How do we get OUT of them???... Read More

  1. by   mark_LD_RN
    nothing to working 12's, worked 12 to 18 hours a day almost all my life. used to work harder and under much worse conditions in my prior career.will not even consider working 8's again. one hospital i loved to work at keeps asking me to come back but i won't because they only work 8's now. its there loss.
  2. by   MPHkatie
    I must admit, I hate twelves, but I love the time off more, so currently I'm in the 3 twelve pattern. Lots of our RN's do 10's and 8's though, so I am not sure why we need to be exclusively twelves....
  3. by   sharann
    12's are eaisier on patients if you work direct bedside. The continuity of care is there, especially given that most pts are discharged in 1 to 3 days thanks to DRG's/HMO's...Less nurses for them to deal with. 2 nurses as oppose to 3 in 24 hrs.
    As for myself (I'm early 30's), I found that when I worked on the floors, 12 hrs would practicaly kill me (3 in a row would really kill me). In other clinical areas, I can handle 12.
    I also think that there should be a way to self-schedule, so everyone works their desired hours. I also belive in Santa, the tooth fairy, and safe stffing ratios (dreamer that I am)
  4. by   fedupnurse
    I used to love 12's but now am looking for 3-11 again. I am just beat. The stinky hospital where I work only allows 12's (yet claims they are flexible) so I'm applying elsewhere and hopefully something will come around soon!!!
  5. by   nell
    I would like to go back to 12s but they aren't offered in my unit (all of us pm shift people would want 7a-7p!). I worked in one unit where some beds were "8hrs" and some were "12hrs" - made staffing 8s and 12s on the same floor easier.

    12s were sure great when my kid was young though - I worked every other night so that I could be room mother, scout leader, chauffer, etc. all day long and only sleep every other night! :zzzzz Also, with a 1-2 1/2 hour commute, there was less time wasted in traffic.

    The reason I'd REALLY like 12s is so that I could return all of the "favors" that the dayshift does for me!
  6. by   kewlnurse
    Working 12 hour shifts is a PRIVLIDGE!!! Everyone I know who doesn't work them nurse or not, would kill to be able to work them.
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  8. by   huggietoes
    While in orientation I had the opportunity to work 12s, it made for a long day. However, at the end of most days I knew I had 3-4 days off to look forward to. I now work the evening shift 5 days a week, and it is the PITS! I feel like I live at work, it is slowly killing me. Tired all the time, have not had time to do anything but work for weeks. I am about to go out of my mind!
  9. by   cactus wren
    If my hospital went back to 8`s, I`d look for another job...It was suggested by some bean counters...then they could force us to do doubles.And I`m in the "older" force. I figure that I`m too old to work more than 3 days a week.....I`ve turned down offers at places i`d like to work because all they offered was 8`s.
  10. by   willie2001
    I've been working 7A-7P for a long time now. I like them because of the extra days off and I get to work every third weekend instead of every other weekend. I am over 40 but still feel that I can keep up the pace. I only have to do 3 in a row every 6 weeks (Sat,Sun,Mon). I have been strongly thinking of cutting that Monday back to an 8 hr. shift, because 3 in a row really do tend to wipe me out. I sure wouldn't want to go back to all 8 hour shifts though.
  11. by   imenid37
    12 hours makes for a long shift. 8 hours makes for a long week. i do 12's and to be working ft nights, it's the only way i can stand it. then i have 4 days off per week and a life outside the hospital. i'd really feel like i ate and slept the place being there 5 nights per week. i know it's not for everyone. to be flexible. to attract staff... neither should be mandated. it should be the nurses' choice. i have even worked where we had a 4 hr., 8 hr. and 12 people matching up. creative scheduling it can work!
  12. by   ernurse728
    I LOVE my 12 hr shifts! I would absolutely detest getting up 5 days a week. I work 8am-8pm and would not have it any other way. In my hospital there are choices for which kind of shifts that you work...I chose to work 12's. I would not have taken the job if I could not work 12 hr days. Being off 4 days a week is great and my daughter only needs a babysitter up to 3 days a week. Plus I think it does help the patients...I think that it definitely establishes some continuity of care.
  13. by   oldgirl
    I love the 8's, but I work 3-4 nights a week, not 5. If you don't have to work full time, either option is a little easier to take. Not sure I would want to do 12's on our crazy floor on a regular basis.