December 28, 2006, 8:50 am

Change of Shift Rings In the New Year!


….is up at NeoNurseChic!

Many thanks to “LizzPiano” for taking on the duties of host during this hectic Christmas week!

Next edition, Change of Shift returns to Emergiblog! If anyone would like to host an edition, please let me know!


I just worked my last 12-hour shift for the rest of my life.

Yes, I have decided that in honor of my 49 1/2 birthday, I will no longer subject this still youthful (ha!) body to the ravages of the extended work day.

I’m an eight-hour-girl beginning tonight.

And starting tomorrow I’m back to my Starbucks cushy chair to blog away!  Been so busy it’s been hard to keep up, and I’m having withdrawls!

I think with a whole week off,  I can catch up!!!


  • TC

    December 28, 2006 at 11:27 am

    Slacker! You know, 12 hours is only a half-day where I work(grin). Only kidding-God Bless you and your soon-to-be-happier-feet. I used to do the 12 hour “swing shifts” (11a-11p or 3p-3a) at a trauma center and they were NO FUN.

  • kt

    December 28, 2006 at 3:22 pm

    that is awesome! enjoy those lovely shifts 🙂 great change of shift as usual..

  • A Bohemian Road Nurse...

    December 28, 2006 at 3:53 pm

    I finally got too “weary” for those 12-hour shifts. Although I miss working less days per week, I sure don’t miss the 12-hour time-length. Sometimes it felt like I was there for 3 days….

  • sue s

    December 28, 2006 at 7:05 pm

    I can dig it. I am 51 and every time I trudge home from one of the twelves I say that I am too old for this. We fool ourselves into believing that we have more days off this way but we pay the price for them.

  • DisappearingJohn

    December 29, 2006 at 7:27 am

    We have talked about this a lot in school, and at work. I am headed right for the big 4-0 next month, but I still love the 12 hour shifts. I think I would quit if we were to go back to 8’s. There is something nice about having 4 days off; it also makes for only two “shift changes” per day. Our docs work 12’s as well…

    There is research out there that says after 10 hours, nurses are less safe and alert, so I do sometimes wonder if it is, all things considered, the best way to work. But, I still lover working my 12’s…

  • Deacon Barry

    December 29, 2006 at 10:41 am

    I’ve got to agree with Disappearing John. My life works round my 12-hour shifts. Days off during the week are invaluable if you want to avoid the crowds when shopping.

  • UP Nurse

    December 29, 2006 at 11:03 am

    I just turned 61 yrs. and still work 12-hour shifts so I can have a “life” (such as it is) rather than be at the hospital 5 days a week! I work B shift (7 to 7 am)and I’m in the float pool…going where ever it is busy and they need help. Not an easy position. I couldn’t do it if I were trying to raise a family or maintain a relationship with anyone other than one forgiving Lab and two cats. Trust me, I do understand how there are different “times” in a career when it doesn’t “work” for some people. And I do not know how younger women and men with families do it…and give their best to either the family or the patients.
    Happy New Year!

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