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rotating shifts....is this the norm?

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by sweetieann sweetieann (Member)

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I work 5 days per week and was hired as day/night rotation. This is a typical weekly schedule for me:

Monday: 7am-3:30om

Tuesday: 7am-3:30 pm

Wednesday: 11pm-7:15 am

Thursday: "Off" (sleeping all day though since I get home 7:15 am Thursday morning from my Wed. night shift)

Friday: 7am-3:30 pm

This is happening every week. I knew I'd have to rotate, but this seems a little much. It's really throwing me off. Other schedules have looked like: night, off, D,D, D, off, off, night, off, D, D, D, D, D.

Thanks for any insight!

Edited by ******guest******
meant to type day/night not day/evening

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That is not a day-evening rotation, it's a day-night rotation. Check with whoever does the schedule. It seems a bit unfair to have this as a fixed schedule, with that one night in the middle of the week.

Best wishes.

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Ayeloflo specializes in Give me a new assignment each time:).

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Scary. I saw one of those kinds of scheduling for correction nursing jobs. And I thought: what!

Meaning you can't do two jobs with that kind of schedule and it's not even top pay. I'm not surprised though. There are plenty of nurses looking for jobs. Looks like schedulers will be have less scheduling headaches.

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We used to get schedules like this and worse when we had a sadistic manager. Rotating shifts should be done in a thoughtful manner and should rotate backwards if doing all three. From night, to PM, to day, to night, to better work with the body's circadian rhythm. Also, each shift should be for a minimum of three weeks at a time.

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Wow. That would be hard. We don't have rotating shifts where I work. You are either day shift (7a to 7p) or night shift (7p to 7a). Only the PCA's work 8's and they also have set schedules.

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Elvish is a BSN, DNP, RN, NP and specializes in Community, OB, Nursery.

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That schedule sucks. No one at my facility works that kind of schedule. I have worked D/E rotations before and that is not bad. But D/N with the night scrunched in the middle? Heck no. That's terrible.

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I used to see NG positions that rotated Day/Nite for this one hospital. How stupid, what a setup for failure.

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I always wonder how nurses have random night shifts (or day shifts) thrown in the middle of their normal schedule.

I'm hoping that I will function on a level higher than zombie if I'm in the same situation :yawn:

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We rotate day/ night (12 hr shifts), but we also self-schedule (we have to do 50/50), so for example, next schedule I work the first 3 wks on days and the 2nd 3 weeks on nights. Some people go back and forth, but for the most part, we get what we ask for (regarding shift, but they may change your day of the week). I could not even fathom trying to do a schedule like you describe.

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I've never had a rotating shift. I've known nurses from other countries, like, for example, Israel, who said they rotated shifts. However, their schedule would be two weeks of days, two weeks of evenings, and then two weeks of nights. Your schedule sounds just CRAAAAZY!

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SlightlyMental_RN specializes in chemical dependency detox/psych.

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Until I went to casual, I was a noc/PM rotation. That totally sucked, as it was NOT self-scheduled. My schedule was Fri: noc, Sat: noc, Sun:noc, Mon: off, Tue: PM, Wed:PM Thurs: PM, and start all over again.

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K+MgSO4 is a BSN and specializes in Surgical, quality,management.

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In Ireland, UK and Australia we mostly do rotating shifts but it is 4 weeks of days then 2-3 weeks of nights, not this mixing it up each week.

the roster that you have is unsafe and scary! It takes my body a good 36hr to recover from night shift pattern, so after my 4 nights the next day is useless! Then I go back for another 4!

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