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What hours do same day surgery nurses work?

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Alararn89 has 6 years experience as a MSN and specializes in NICU.

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I just got an interview for a same day surgery unit in a hospital and was wondering what hours the nurses usually work? I know it’s a Mon-Fri position with no nights, but was just wondering what hours and how long the shifts usually are in same day surgery 

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Most are 8 hours, some may offer 10 or 12  hour shifts.

Usually the early shift is from 6:00 am to 2:30 pm.

The late shift can vary but usually from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm.

In between can be anything...a 6:30 am  to 3:00 pm... 8:00 am to 4:30 pm...etc.

The first unit I worked, in a hospital,  we rotated through all shifts, from pre-op to discharge. (There were various positions in between).  I think it was 8 weeks each area.  

The second, a free standing clinic, the hours were roughly the same.  Some nurses stayed pre-op only and some stayed PACU only.  Still the shift you were scheduled could change.   It was a much busier clinic, there were times the late shift went to 9:00 pm or later.    

It is a great place to work.  I hope it goes well for you.

Since it is an in hospital unit find out if you will have to be on call.  That isn't fun, but don't let it be a deal breaker.

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On 4/25/2019 at 6:12 PM, Alararn89 said:

I just got an interview for a same day surgery unit in a hospital and was wondering what hours the nurses usually work? I know it’s a Mon-Fri position with no nights, but was just wondering what hours and how long the shifts usually are in same day surgery 

I work in an orthopaedic ambulatory surgery center. I am part time and work two 10 hour shifts per week. The full timers either do four 10s or five 8s...whichever they prefer. 

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skydancer7 is a BSN, RN and specializes in Operating Room, CNOR.

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My same day surgery center was 10 hour shifts.  HOWEVER!!!! If surgeries are running late, you could be there 3-4 hours past the end of your shift.  There is no night shift to take over; you leave when surgeries are done and patients are discharged.  Sometimes that's early.  Sometimes it's LATE, so be prepared for that reality, UNLESS your center is a place that actually holds surgeons accountable, says NO to unrealistic late add-on requests, etc.  Good luck!

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