Schedules: Help!!

  1. Hey all!

    Recently, our hospital organization has pulled self-scheduling. We are now going to a master rotation of "our choice"...either two days, two night, five off (DDNN, five off) OR continental (2 weeks of days, 2 weeks of nights).

    I NEED HELP! I would like your opinions on what works better with kids, family, etc. DDNN works better for time off...but we end up working 6/8 partial weekends. Continental you work 5 days in 1 week week, then 2 days in the next week...you feel like your always at work, BUT you get every other weekend off.

    DDNN would look like:
    Monday: Days
    Tuesday: Days
    Wednesday: Nights
    Thursday: Nights
    Friday: Off
    Saturday: Off
    Sunday: Off
    Monday: Off
    Tuesday: Off

    Continental would look like:
    Monday: Days
    Tuesday: Days
    Wednesday: Off
    Thursday: Off
    Friday: Days
    Saturday: Days
    Sunday: Days

    PLEASE HELP!
  2. Poll: DDNN or Continental?

    • DDNN

      60.00% 3
    • Continental

      40.00% 2
    5 Votes
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  4. by   peabozzle
    ugh, says the nurse that works 4 10-hour shifts, days, no weekends, minimal holidays & some call. This is so dependent on what works for each individual. There is no right (or wrong) answer. That being said, right now in my life I would pick continental. I know I personally would not function working both days & nights....no can do!
  5. by   GM2RN
    Quote from peabozzle
    ugh, says the nurse that works 4 10-hour shifts, days, no weekends, minimal holidays & some call. This is so dependent on what works for each individual. There is no right (or wrong) answer. That being said, right now in my life I would pick continental. I know I personally would not function working both days & nights....no can do!
    I totally agree that it's very individual. My hospital only requires nurses to work every third weekend but I volunteered to work every other so that I could work six in a row and have eight days off. The only time my schedule varies is if it's my turn to work a holiday that falls outside of my normal schedule. You have to decide what works best for you at this point in your life and go with that. Personally, I wouldn't like either schedule.

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