Shift work. What is it?
So this is kind of the great debate, right?
Which is better?
Eight hour shifts or 12?
I personally am team 12 because by the time
I commute and get everything like
set up at my desk and I look up my people, I
would rather just stay for 12 hours and then
have some extra days totally off.
But many people prefer eight hour shifts
because they can go home and have like an
actual life on the days that they work.
I want to in this section review how the
different shifts kind of work and
how what you might expect in your own
So your hours will vary depending on where
Some places usually if in your if you're in
the hospital, you're going to come in at like
7 a.m. or 7:00 PM.
If you're working at 12, and you'll stay
till 7:30 a.m.
or PM, if you work full time, you will
usually work 36 hours a week.
So that's three days. Part-time is two days.
And then I bet you can guess it, 12 hours is
one day and on days that you work one of
these twelves, there's really not a whole
lot of other things that you can do that day
because realistically you have to get back
to work at like
6.30 to make it to your unit on time, unless
you work at a smaller hospital, and you can
just like walk out and show up, and you will
rarely walk out of your unit at 7.30.
So let's say you have like 30 minutes to
commute, so you have to leave your house by 6
a.m. and you get home at 8:15 p.m.
and you have to still eat and shower, and
you'll, you'll, you'll definitely want to
shower before you go to bed so that you can
then wake up at five for the next
day. Those days are long and if you have
kids, you likely won't honestly see
them on those days, which is really hard.
But the benefit is even if you work for a
time, you then have four full days
off every week and that's awesome.
And you can also stack your days off so that
if you work a bunch in a row, then you'll
have like two weeks off without having to
actually use any of your vacation time.
And then we also have eight-hour shifts
because 12 aren't the only thing.
Right? Some hospitals have done away with
these, but many still have them.
And this would be a 7 a.m.
to 3:30 p.m., 3 p.m.
to 11:30 p.m.
or 11:00 pm to 7:30 a.m..
Shift these allow you time to go home to eat
dinner or have a morning or
an evening before you need to go in and go
The downside is that you are going to be
spending a lot more time commuting, and you
don't have that extra day off.
If you work 40 hours a week this is five days
a week and if you work nights,
there are very, very few full days off
because remember, with
nights you technically go in the evening
like of your day
off, if that makes sense.
You need two full nights in a row when
you're working nights to have one full day
off. It's weird, and you'll get used to it,
but just something to consider when you're
looking at your schedule and the types of
shifts that you will end up working.
And then there's also we'll throw them in
here, the ten-hour shifts.
These are usually seen in office settings
where full time employees work like 4 10-hour
shifts a week, maybe 7:00 am to like 5 p.m.,
and then they get one full day off a
week without having to sacrifice any of the
This is an awesome setup for outpatient
because the extra day off is
life giving. Now, let's take a quick look at
like the hours, days and nights.
For 12-hour shifts, there's days and there's
Typically, days is busier.
Everyone in the hospital and your patients
have like they have procedures, they have
visitors, there's lots of consults.
Everyone is always in and out, and there's
admissions and discharges.
And it can just be, it can be a lot.
But you are a normal human who sleeps in
nighttime and your days off are like
real days off because you have your normal
human, and you sleep at nighttime.
And then we have nightshift.
Nightshift is quieter. You usually have more
patients because there's just in general less
chaos. But your patients still require the
same amount of care.
So the meds are the same, the tasks are
usually similar and there are actually less
resources. So you have to do a lot more by
Also, the people are amazing because they
get used to pulling together to kind
of get stuff done with less resources and
the vibe is just it's just it's
good. I loved it.
Many people do not love it, and that is
Leave us to our dark and twisty nightshift
selves, and you go be sunny day shift
people. But I will say the nightshift life,
it can be very hard on your
body. It takes a while to adjust to a sleep
schedule, and you need two days off
in a row. Like we discussed before, you have
one full day off so scheduling can
get weird because if you, let's just lay it
out for you because this is confusing,
right? If you get off of your shift Thursday
morning, and you have one day
off, you have Thursday night off.
So you go home, and you sleep on Thursday
because you were just up all night working,
and then you're up for like a little bit
Thursday day and evening, and you probably
sleep Thursday night because your body is
just like, Hey, this is normal, it's
nighttime. And then Friday you wake up, you
do some fun life and then.
You probably go to sleep again because you
have to be up again all night because you
only had the one night off.
So yeah, it can kind of be hard.
It's best to clump your night shifts
together so that you can really flip back to
normal life again and get a few real days
So all in all, there's just definitely a lot
of variety in your job.
May actually even switch it up on you.
Mind it, I worked 12 and eights and some
people worked like twelves
and eights and days and nights and I don't
know how they knew which way was up, but we
call this flipping. And if you can do it,
you, you amaze me.