Five shifts in a row isn’t too bad, and some how I ended up with the best assignments pretty much every night. And one of the nights (an extra one) I was sent home after five hours. Slept all night and was able to spend all the next day with my family before going back to work. This is what I love about nursing and 12 hour shifts. The amount of time you have to spend with your family. I had my first Spanish speaking patient since leaving Oregon and my first trips to the NICU. Now for a long stretch off from work….the best reward to those long stretches on.