Lol but seriously, every time I work 12 hours I get a terrible headache. I was wondering if there is any way for me to be excused from them by getting a doctors note. I stay hydrated, eat well, but still get one and don't know why
Have you tried just asking if you can switch to 5 8 hour shifts? 12 hour shifts aren't mandatory everywhere.
Last edit by blondy2061h on Oct 29, '13
Oct 29, '13
by Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, RN Senior Moderator
You do realize that if you were to pursue that and the hospital took it seriously, you pretty much shot your acute-care nursing career there in the foot? They may say, "sure, no 12s for you since you have a doctor's note..." but what are they going to do with you? If they don't already have the option of 8-hour shifts, I doubt they'll make one just for you because then they need to make another 8-hour shift--or get someone to work 16 hours--to cover the 4 hours you're not working.
And I don't think headaches is going to qualify you for the ADA. It'd probably be easier for them to let you go.
Sorry if this isn't what you wanted to hear.
I doubt it's the 12 hour shifts that are the primary cause of your headaches--they're just exacerbating them. Get thee to your PCP to get it evaluated, as we can not offer medical advice here per the TOS.
Best of luck.
Last edit by Meriwhen on Oct 29, '13