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Are 12-hour shifts safe?

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4 thoughts on “Are 12-hour shifts safe?”

  1. danurse says:

    Having worked 12 hr.shifts for 8 years was enough. I found that if i worked >3 shifts in a row, it took it’s toll in terms of limiting my attention to detail. Also, as a parent of teens at the time, my patience with them decreased as the shifts increased. When i switched back to the more traditional shift, it was time!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I work some 8’s and some 12’s. I also take mandatory call. The unsafe part is for example doing a 24 hour call on a sunday and then working your usual three shifts on M-T-W. The call schedule is mutually exclusive from the regular schedule and we are told we can “trade” Mngt should try to avoid having us do that.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Its not that a 12 hour shift is unsafe, it is the number of shifts in a row. Although dpending on the number of patients assigned and the acuity of those patients a 12 hour shift can be exhausting. I see advantages to a 12 hr shift vs an 8 or 10 hr shift but there are many negatives to it as well

  4. Anonymous says:

    I worked 12 hours shifts for years and felt they were safe.
    As with any job, there were some people that made choices on their time off that effected their job performance.
    The advantage of having more days off was beneficial for rest.

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