How many hours can a nurse work.

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    Hello everyone.

    Does anyone know how many hours legally a nurse can work in Michigan? Where I work some of the nurses are working 20 to 24 hour shifts. This seems extremely unsafe to me. I have tried to Google it and can't really find anything specific.\

    thanks!
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    oh boy...my initial response was LOL as I am reminded of the time in my life when I worked two full-time night shift jobs.
    However, in seriousness, that is going to depend on the state regulations and if there is a (looks both ways) a union. The general rule or standard is no more than 16hrs a shift. This of course if the sum of the hours is at one location.
    Personally, I know of nurses that work 8-10 hr night shifts and then go and work 8 hr day shift somewhere else. Don't ask how they do it.
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    In my country nurses work 7 hr morning shifts, 8 hr afternoon shift, and 9 hr night shifts. This is regulated by the government. Nurses may work 9 hr night shifts and then go and work 7 hr morning shift somewhere else. Now the big question is not how they do it but WHY THEY DO IT? I believe that would open up a whole can of worms!
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    Work ICU can only work 12 hours (unless you are transport or late getting out), then you MUST have an 8 hour break between shifts. Some say oh, I just need a 4 hour break I will come back at 11 am after getting off at 730. Answer is no and we are NON union.
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    I worked a 16 hr shift once. (I volunteered to stay.) I left in the morning and I could barely drive home.

    When working long shifts you really have to stand up for yourself.. you are no good to anybody if you are passed out on the toilet because you worked too much.
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    The only time I have had to do anything like that was oncall.... some hospitals do 66hr weekend call and usually it's Friday night... so you work from early am Friday till almost Saturday am...
    Never have I been anywhere or know of any place that regulates nursing work hours.... I don't think it's a bad idea though.
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    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.
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    To answer your question: There is no maximum number of hours (I
    am assuming you are over the age of 18)
    http://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,1607,...2008--,00.html

    Check with your HR Dept at the hospital. Most hospitals will have a max number of hours for nurses. At my hospital it is 16 hours.
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    Quote from Sugarcoma
    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 insane! Even from purely economic way it doesn't make sense to me... Wouldn't it be cheaper (not to mention safer) to have 2 nurses work two 8hr shifts instead of one working 16 hours because they have to pay overtime. You guys do get paid overtime, right? Or am I just being a naive student?
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    Never pulled more than 16 straight before...
    I've pulled many 16's in a row though.

    There is no legal regulation that I know of on the books.
    All I can say is that after 18 straight I was pretty tired.
    I try not to do that very often but today was 8 of 10 straight 12's.
    WTH, Pays the bills.

    Work hard...play hard!


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