Working 44 days, 12hr shifts with no days off, is not only a danger to ones health, but to the health of others. If that nurse feels she did anyone any good, she was mistaken! I have NO problem saying no, and I do so on a regular basis! In fact I was just asked to give up one of my only two days off, to work a 12hr shift. When I started my new contract, on my first day I was shown to schedule, and notice I was scheduled to work 60hrs my first week! I immediately told the charge nurse NO! I didn't want to be SCHEDULED to work overtime! She immediately took me to the nurse manager, and told her, "she isn't going to be able to work the time we thought she would". I again told them, that I DON'T wish to be scheduled for overtime. I will decided when I will work overtime! I also told any agency I work for, that this was their 3RD call to me that week, to work, and I had already told them I would call them! They haven't called again! I know my limits, and I stay within them, and anyone who doesn't is asking for trouble. I wouldn't want a nurse taking care of me or anyone in my family, who would do half that many days! I would be afraid not only of her being too tired to make good decisions, but wouldn't trust anyone who doesn't have the sense enough to come in out of the rain, so to speak!
Believe me, there are good things about nursing, and some of the problems are, that you have to take on stand on what you can control. You CAN control what you will, and won't allow yourself to do.
[This message has been edited by Brownms46 (edited April 04, 2001).]