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Night/ Evening Shift Clarification

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Help! This is absolutely ridiculous that I have to ask this, but what are the "normal" times for the night and evening shifts? I just passed my Boards and want to start applying for jobs and I think it would be beneficial for me to know the difference between the two. Thanks so much!

Typically evening shift is 3-11 and night shift 11-7, or 2-10 and 10-6, or it can be 4-12 and 12-8. But 3-11 and 11-7 is what is most common. Sometimes there is a half hour overlap. Depends on the place.

amarilla, RN

Specializes in MS, ED. Has 2 years experience.

It really depends on the facility and the shifts they offer. We have a mix of eights and twelves, (mostly twelves), on my floor; for us, 'evening' refers to 3p-11p and 'night' to 11p-7a or 7p-7a (noc). Hope that helps!

Based on the facilities where I've worked or had clinicals:

Days or First Shift: 6am - 2pm or 7am - 3pm

Evenings or Second Shift: 2pm - 10pm or 3pm - 11pm

Nights or Third Shift: 10pm - 6am or 11pm - 7am

These are not exact times; most shifts are actually 8.5 hours with a 30 minute unpaid lunch break factored in. My current shift is 2nd/Evening from 2:45pm to 11:15pm. 1st is 6:45am to 3:15pm, 3rd is 10:45pm to 7:15am, and there are a few nurses on 12 hour shifts from 6:45am to 7:15pm or 6:45pm to 7:15 am. Are you confused yet? :rolleyes:

TheOldestNurseOnUnit

Specializes in Oncology; med/surg; geriatric; OB; CM. Has 25 years experience.

Based on the facilities where I've worked or had clinicals:

Days or First Shift: 6am - 2pm or 7am - 3pm

Evenings or Second Shift: 2pm - 10pm or 3pm - 11pm

Nights or Third Shift: 10pm - 6am or 11pm - 7am

These are not exact times; most shifts are actually 8.5 hours with a 30 minute unpaid lunch break factored in. My current shift is 2nd/Evening from 2:45pm to 11:15pm. 1st is 6:45am to 3:15pm, 3rd is 10:45pm to 7:15am, and there are a few nurses on 12 hour shifts from 6:45am to 7:15pm or 6:45pm to 7:15 am. Are you confused yet? :rolleyes:

OMG..that is SO funny....and so true!!!:lol2:

At my place days are 7a-3:30p; PMs 3p-11:30p; Nights 11p-7:30a....with the 7a-7p & 7p to 7a people thrown in there!

I started as a Medical Assistant on the night shift back in 1976 (boy I'm dating myself here....); went to PMs--found (in my worthless opinion) that you don't have much of a life; then went to days. Currently I'm back on nights....I enjoy it; I have time to do things & I don't have to get up at 5:30am!!

Also at most places there is a differential for working PMs & nights.....you get more money for working crazier hours!

Hope this helps & good luck to you!:nurse:

Flo., BSN, RN

Specializes in Developmental Disabilites,. Has 7 years experience.

We have two shifts days 7a to 7p and nights 7p to 7a.

MassED, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER. Has 15 years experience.

nights, in most places, are 7p-7a. Wherever I have worked, it's 12 hours, 36 hours a week. There are variations of shifts - but mostly days 7a-7p, mid evenings is 11a-11p and nights 7p-7a. Working where it's 8 hours, as above per previous posters.

Thanks everyone! I really appreciate the responses. I have a grasp on it now. :)