Three 12s vs Five 8s

  1. I know this has already been discussed before. So what I wanna talk about it again. Thanks.

    Anybody else currently debating between these two? I'm sure we are all aware of the pros/cons of each. What are your thoughts, what are you leaning towards, and why?.
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  3. by   VivaLasViejas
    I chose the in-between option: Four 8's per week. It only came out to 32 hrs/wk but that was all my mind and body could take, and everywhere I worked it was considered full-time for benefit purposes. It worked well for me for a lot of years.
  4. by   Buckeye.nurse
    Viva, I am working 4-8 hours of OT/week now while my body is young so that I can build my savings and go to 32 hours a week on my 50th birthday. I'm looking forward to 4 8's per week! And preferably I'll have a doctor's note specifying that I can't work longer shifts so that I can't be bullied into staying!!
  5. by   Pixie.RN
    Can I hear it for four 10s? lol. That is what I would love to do, but alas, I work five 8s (that are never only 8s).
  6. by   meanmaryjean
    I switched from 3 x 12s to 5 x 8s two years ago. In my opinion (YMMV) it is waaaay better. When you are on 12s, all you can reasonably do is work, sleep, shower and eat. On 8s, I can still run to the grocery store, do laundry, see my niece's softball game -in other words HAVE A LIFE) and not short myself on sleep to accomplish it.

    I know there are good reasons for 12s, I just with it were an option. More older nurses would stay at the bedside.
  7. by   xoemmylouox
    I loved the idea of 4 days off when I worked 3 - 12s. However RARELY did I fully get that time off. There was always some mandaroty class, meeting, or committee that interrupted this.

    I am back to 5 - 8s, and I feel so much better. I get to see my kids, I get to get work done, and I actually get sleep.
  8. by   psu_213
    It's a trade off either way. I'm not going to list all pros and cons...they have been thoroughly discussed on AN. I will say that, for me, part of it depends on the shift. If it straight nights, I'd prefer the 3-12s and just get it over with. Day shift, 5-8s are better for me. In addition, only you know what works best for your life.
  9. by   Lennonninja
    I work four 9s per week and take call (Interventional Radiology) and it's been a great change. I miss the extra day off from three 12s, but being able to do things on a work day is so nice!
  10. by   TruvyNurse
    Four 8 hour shifts a week has been the perfect schedule for me
  11. by   Been there,done that
    This is a personal decision. Sounds like you have an option. Try 12's, then try 8's.. see what works for YOU. I liked 12's when I was young... had to go to 8's in my 50's.
    Best wishes.
  12. by   FSZ Student Nurse
    Quote from meanmaryjean
    I know there are good reasons for 12s, I just with it were an option. More older nurses would stay at the bedside.
    And younger students would want to become nurses...

    I'm in nursing school now, but I'm reconsidering nursing because I want to see my kids for a couple hours every day. No 8s or part-time gigs in the area for new grads.
  13. by   DowntheRiver
    I work 8 hours on Monday and Tuesday, have Wednesday off, and work 10 hours on Thursday and Friday with weekends off for a total of 36 hours a week. I work outpatient Oncology and overall enjoy it but I do miss working three 12 hour shifts.
  14. by   KelRN215
    Quote from meanmaryjean
    I switched from 3 x 12s to 5 x 8s two years ago. In my opinion (YMMV) it is waaaay better. When you are on 12s, all you can reasonably do is work, sleep, shower and eat. On 8s, I can still run to the grocery store, do laundry, see my niece's softball game -in other words HAVE A LIFE) and not short myself on sleep to accomplish it.

    I know there are good reasons for 12s, I just with it were an option. More older nurses would stay at the bedside.
    I agree with this. I loved working 3 days/week when I did it and never thought I wanted a Mon-Fri. Now that I've been doing it for 6 years, I don't want anything else. When I worked 12s, I didn't do anything but work and sleep on work days. Nowadays, I can work and go out in the evening if I want to. A few years back, I had something I did every weeknight. I was on multiple social sports teams (depending on the season- a combination of kickball, floor hockey, flag football, inner tube water polo, broomball), I went to trivia weekly and I always went away on weekends. That was when I was single. Now that I have a fiance and 2 dogs, I spend more time at home but we take the dogs on local hikes most evenings now that it's warm out. Working till 7:30pm then taking 2 buses home, this wouldn't be possible because it would be dark out by the time I got home.

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