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Which do you prefer?

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Specializes in LTC.

At a recent meeting at work..the boss mentioned that they were "toying" with the idea of putting some of us on 12 hour shifts. I myself would much rather work 12's because it would give me more time off. Basically I'd have to only work 3 days a week! The others however, are against it....the ones who work first shift. I work second. Several of us on 2nd and 3rd would be willing to do the 12's. The thing is....the ones on first who are against...are the ones who stay over til 5 and 6pm every day charting?!!!!!!!!! or piddling. Ive heard other nurses talk about how they love their 12 hr shifts. The boss said that even though they were just toying with the idea of it it would be a scheduling nightmare for her.....and Im not exactly following that. What shifts do you guys have where you work and how well does it work out?

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

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

I work two 16-hour shifts per week every Saturday and Sunday, for a grand total of 32 hours per week. My shift is from 6am to 10pm. I love having 5 days off in a row every week. This type of schedule has been enabling me to attend school full-time during the week while earning an income every weekend.

I also loved working three 12-hour shifts per week. I'm the type of person who will endure a long shift in order to have more days off, so my opinion is biased.

systoly

Specializes in LTC, Memory loss, PDN. Has 23 years experience.

I've worked twelves and sixteens for the past three years and could not even begin to seriously consider a five day work week :no: . Twelve hour shifts save on gas and commuting time, even on laundry. There's also more time on the floor, because you eliminate one report/shift change. Maybe you could make a list of how the boss/facility could benefit from this (eliminating OT).

Duckyaryj

Specializes in M/S, SNU, Office, and Private Duty.

I would prefer 3 12's. I currently work at an office setting thats supposed to be 5 9's but its more like 1 12, and 4 10's plus some! If it wernt for my co-workers, Docs and patients I would go back to the hospital but I love my job too much!

sasha2lady

Specializes in LTC.

That's me i did some math and I work 10 out of 14days in a pay period I get one day off a week and every other weekend which leaves me little time to be home or be w my 2 yr old . I'd rather do 12 hrs and get my time in one lump and now that we have to pick up the paperwork mgmt is supposed to do 8 hrs isn't gonna cut it I'd like to work 6am to 6 pm I never thought about it saving on laundry . When I talk to her again I'll mention that any other pros and cons ??

Keepstanding, ASN, RN

Specializes in School Nursing. Has 10 years experience.

i work two 16-hour shifts per week every saturday and sunday, for a grand total of 32 hours per week. my shift is from 6am to 10pm. i love having 5 days off in a row every week. this type of schedule has been enabling me to attend school full-time during the week while earning an income every weekend.

i also loved working three 12-hour shifts per week. i'm the type of person who will endure a long shift in order to have more days off, so my opinion is biased.

my goodness commuter....how do you do 2 16's every weekend ? :up: are you married and do you have children ? wow, not sure if i could do what you do !

praiser :heartbeat

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

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

my goodness commuter....how do you do 2 16's every weekend ? :up: are you married and do you have children ? wow, not sure if i could do what you do !

praiser :heartbeat

i'm single with no children.

xoemmylouox, ASN, RN

Has 13 years experience.

I work two 16-hour shifts per week every Saturday and Sunday, for a grand total of 32 hours per week. My shift is from 6am to 10pm. I love having 5 days off in a row every week. This type of schedule has been enabling me to attend school full-time during the week while earning an income every weekend.

I also loved working three 12-hour shifts per week. I'm the type of person who will endure a long shift in order to have more days off, so my opinion is biased.

I am sooo jealous. I would LOVE to work 2- 16 hr shifts a week... It makes perfect sense for school.. :D

My preference would be a 12 hour shift...it provides a stable and consistent environment for patients and residents (especially those who may have dementia or Alzheimer's). Better patient care would result and the ball wouldn't be dropped as often as it is in communication between the healthcare team it would be easy to pinpoint who did and said what! Scheduling may be a nightmare for the nurse manager because depending on how many nurses she has on each shift she wants to make sure that everyone gets hours. Another disadvantage to the scheduling could be down sizing but a pro would be to the down size possible pay increase. But I wouldn't want anyone to lose their the job due to that possible change!!! Keep us posted!