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How many hours do you work a day?

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Char’s Answer

Hi Seraniti,
Nursing shifts are usually 12 hours a day in the hospital but you'll only work 3 days a week. Most shifts are from either 6:00 to 6:00 or 7:00 to 7:00 (either during the day or night). You could also work 8-hour shifts in clinics and nursing homes (5 days a week).

These are the two most common nursing shifts, but you can find a variety of shifts in nursing. It really depends on what type of nurse you want to be.
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SARA’s Answer

I agree with Char. For the most part, shifts are 8, 10, or 12 hours long. You can work three 12 hour shifts a week, four 10 hour shifts a week, or five 8 hour shifts a week. Nursing, especially in a hospital setting can allow for various start times. For instance, some shifts start at 6am or 6pm, others start at 7am or 7pm. I've also seen 11am/pm, and 3am/pm for 12 hour shifts. Often in a hospital 8 hour shifts will start at 7, 3, and 11 either am or pm. These start times allow for 24 hour coverage by either 2 or 3 nurses. 10 hour shifts can also have varied start times depending on the position. If you're in an outpatient setting, most shifts will be during the day with start times usually anywhere between 6am and 10am. It truly depends on how the facility/specialty you choose to work in runs. The beauty of nursing is that it's flexible, and can offer overtime opportunities if you're interested. There are some people who work strictly weekends (Friday/Saturday/Sunday) to be off for their children during the week while their spouse works. If you've already got an idea of what you'd like to work, it's probably out there just waiting for you to find it!
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Candace’s Answer

Hello! Now I am a RN Care Manager for insurance so I work M-F 9am to 5:30. No weekends no holidays.

When at the bed side as a Medical Sugical Neuro Nurse in a hospital I worked 12 hours days 3 days a week from 7am to 7pm. Often time I work late than 7pm maybe about an 30 minites to an hour or so later. We rotated weekends and holidays and took turns working those days.

Hope that helps! All the best to you!
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