Do you prefer 12 hour or 8 hour shifts?

  1. As far as ICU goes, would you rather work three 12 hour shifts per week or four 8 hour shifts per week? Why?

    Just curious..
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  3. by   oMerMero
    12 hour shifts, without a doubt. I am already at work, I might as well stay a few more hours and have an extra day off in the week. I also like being able to spread things out throughout the shift. I think I get to know my patients better since I spend more time with them during a 12 hour shift.
  4. by   Dakkon76
    I just precepted 4 twelves (nights) in a row and I'm ready and raring to go! I'm looking for ICU/CCU jobs and I would take a 12 hour shift over an 8 hour shift hands down! Your days that you work you don't do much else... but compare that to an 8 hour day... you come home and have a few more hours to spend with family. I'd rather have more days off to spend with them, personally.
  5. by   TheCommuter
    I prefer to work two 16-hour shifts per week.
  6. by   Bluehair
    Usually 12's. If we're really short, they kick my butt, but I still prefer having the other days off to schedule stuff (dentist, chiropractor, a trip to the gym, or just kicking back). Plus I don't use as much vacation time when I work 12's.
  7. by   tntrn
    Although I work in the Birth Center, I would in no way, EVER, work 12 hour shifts. I know that I am on limited energy and brain power by 10 or so. I also do not want anybody who's just done 3 12's or 2 16's taking care of me or my loved ones. I just do not see how you have been able to get adequate rest.
  8. by   cardiac.cure03
    I love the 12 hr shifts. And like I read somewhere above... Vacation time will be easier doing 12's. Heck, depending on what I do (for vacation), I may not even need to schedule any vacation time if I space my days out right. Like this week, my schedule turned out to have 6 days off in a row, and still doing 3 shifts/wk
  9. by   HHW2006
    I love twelves!! They are long days, but you can't beat only working three days a week!!!!!!!
  10. by   Larry77
    Our hospital is finally going all 12's...has been for a few years now that ED/ICU and floor charges have been on 12's but all others on 8's.

    Seems to be more and more difficult to find hospitals offering 8's.

    Your question--I too love my twelves...plenty of days off to work mega OT
  11. by   stressgal
    I think continuity of care for the patient is better with twelves. Fewer transfers of care, less info lost. Personally I love working twelves, but after three in a row I need a good day of sleep.
  12. by   meandragonbrett
    3 12's in a row. Friday, Saturday, Sunday nights
  13. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from tntrn
    Although I work in the Birth Center, I would in no way, EVER, work 12 hour shifts. I know that I am on limited energy and brain power by 10 or so. I also do not want anybody who's just done 3 12's or 2 16's taking care of me or my loved ones. I just do not see how you have been able to get adequate rest.

    The same could be said about an 8 hour nurse who got 2 hours of sleep the night before because they were out late partying (it DOES happen).
  14. by   tntrn
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    The same could be said about an 8 hour nurse who got 2 hours of sleep the night before because they were out late partying (it DOES happen).
    I see your point, and it does happen, but it's kind of like comparing apples to oranges. A 12 hour shift person rarely gets off on time. In our department, the 7a-7p people leave about 8 pm. Let's see: up at 5 am leave hospital 8 pm = 15 hours; tack on average travel time 30-60 minutes = 15-16 hours; chores, eating, kids, spouse or partner (I guess these people don't have any of this because they only have 8 hours left in their day and I think they must have to go directly to bed once they hit the door AND be able to fall immediately into a deep and restful sleep. And they do this 3 or 4 days in a row. The party nurse probably won't party every night before an 8 hour shift.

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