Thank you so much!
I keep hearing - oh, once you go to the OR, you'll be stuck there. In some ways, I'm like...well, I also hear that many people who go to the OR don't WANT to leave. But also, I do think it's a bit of a myth that you can never leave. So I appreciate your words.
I am curious about the shift preference for the very reasons you mentioned. I wondered if one version tended to get held over more often...for example, if the 12s were more likely to leave on time. But I am also curious what a 12 hour day in the OR is like.
The manager I spoke with said that the 10 hour and 12 hour shifts are most popular, with the 10s by far being #1. I can understand not wanting to work 5 days a week. It's funny...this is a second career for me and all I've ever known is a 5 day work-week. However, I also had some flexibility IN the job. Like, if I needed to run out in the middle of the day to handle something, I could. No more with nursing.
One thing I'm struggling with is that the facility only schedules M-F. That's great for most people but it would be nice if I had some weekend opportunities for work due to my kids' needs. That makes me want to do the 12s even more...but again, I'm worried about how challenging that may be.
Call is only 24 hours every 8 weeks for the main OR. What I don't know is how it differs for specific service lines.