[QUOTE=Sugarcoma;5239785]kappy, I am willing to bet we work at the same place. I was told by other nurse friends that there is a limit of 18 hours in a row but am not sure of the actual law. I have tried to find information about it but cannot. We routinely have nurses work 16 hour shifts and many who will work 5,6,7 and even 8 12 hour shifts in a row. So unsafe to me, but management doesn't care at all and even encourages it.
This is SUCH a sore point with me. The actual limit is 16 hours in our state. Our hospital "mandates"(meaning requires nurse to stay an extra shift--doing 16 hrs instead of 8 hrs.) Some areas of the hospital are so bad that people are mandated 4 of their 5 work days!
Even one or two doubles is terribly unsafe. Management doesn't seem to care because hey, management is not covered by a union so do not have to do 8-hr shifts. People get physically ill from being mentally and physically stressed to the limit so then they call in and this feeds the vicious cycle. One day someone will fall asleep at the wheel and die and I hope his/her spouse sues the hell out of the hospital then. It's asinine how we are treated....no wonder so many of us vent, scream, call in sick, "lose our patience" with the patients---we are pushed to the limit!