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What is your favorite shift to work.


Daytime: 7-3

Evening: 3-11

Night: 11-7

Which is your favorite to work and why. Which do you think is the toughest shift.

nrsang97, BSN, RN

Specializes in Neuro ICU and Med Surg. Has 20 years experience.

I work nights 7p-7a. I like nights. I am not a morning person and days 7a-7p is challenging because of that for me. I feel like I just naturally function better in the afternoon/evening/night.

emtb2rn, BSN, RN, EMT-B

Specializes in Emergency. Has 21 years experience.

11-11. Arrive as the er is lighting up & stay busy all shift. Can do stuff in the am before work. Can sleep until 9:30 if i want.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

Daytime: 7-3

Evening: 3-11

Night: 11-7

Which is your favorite to work and why. Which do you think is the toughest shift.

None of those shifts are favored by me. I dislike 8-hour shifts with a passion because they force me to report to work five days a week, which is too much.

My favorite shift is the 12-hour night shift, from 7:00pm to 7:30am. It allows me to avoid many family members, doctors, managers, administrators, and annoying members of the interdisciplinary team (PT, OT, dietary, case management, etc). Best of all, I only work three nights per week!

kiszi, RN

Has 9 years experience.

I work 7a-7p on weekends (Fri-Sat-Sun usually) and love it. Not as many things going on, no bigwigs fluttering around, I even have time to study every once in a while. I also have plenty of time during the week to take care of those 9-5 things.

A lot of visitors though, so that's one trade-off.


Has 25 years experience.

Hospital was 7a-7:30p and that's what I liked. I loathed nights. Worked 11a-11p for awhile too, that was the worst.

Love my shift now: 7:40-2:40.

loriangel14, RN

Specializes in Acute Care, Rehab, Palliative.

Nights! 1930-0730. Not a morning person.


Specializes in Emergency Psych, ICU. Has 10 years experience.

Night:9pm-7am or 8pm-8am

nights….7 p to 7 a…so much less stress I LOVED nights when i worked it but i started working lots of overtime and it killed my body…i mean my bladder would be confused/i was dehydrated..etc…

so i went to work days 7 a to 7p for a year and got burned out…patients just don't really respect nurses…..

so back to nights PRN hell yes!!!! $41 per hour not bad either ;)

8 hour shifts suck, so none.


Specializes in Rehab, pediatrics. Has 2 years experience.

I am also a 7p-7a fan. Only three nights a week and I operate better on that schedule. Going in on day shift I am too tired to function but that doesn't happen when I go in at night. Also there's no doctors, therapies, managers, CEOs, etc at night. We also have a great team on our night shift and we work together compared to day shift at my work place.

If I had to do 8hr shifts I would choose 7a-3p. It stinks getting up early but you get out and still have plenty of daytime and the shift goes quicker.

VivaLasViejas, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC, assisted living, med-surg, psych. Has 20 years experience.

.I'm one of those weirdos who liked the 3-11 shift. Plenty of time to do stuff in the latter part of the morning or early afternoon, plus I could stay up late and sleep in per my natural circadian rhythm. I worked only 32 hours a week, which kept me sane (for the most part). It changed to days when I went into management, which was a mixed blessing because I got home in time for dinner most times, but it was also a 40-hour week and that was a killer.