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- Oct 24, '09 by KarmaComesAroundQuote from SillynicunurseI bet you did have to do a lot of counting. :angryfire How inconsiderate!The longest was 4 hours. It would have only been about an hour to an hour and a half but the nurse that was taking over my patient refused to come into the room to get report from me. The patient I needed to give report on had a very labile BP,copius secretions requiring almost constant suctioning and I couldn't leave the room to track her down. Finally the day shift charge walks past and asks why I was still in the room 1.5 hrs past my shift. She couldn't find the nurse either until she looked in the break room where she sat eating her bagel. Her excuse "I knew this person was going to keep me busy so I went and saw my first patient, passed their meds, and ate my breakfast since I won't have time later" I did alot of counting during that report.
- Oct 24, '09 by KarmaComesAroundQuote from catshowladyThat was very considerate, caring, etc... of you.4 hours. Was supposed to be off at 2300, but stayed until almost 0300. I had a very sick teenager that we wound up transporting to a major regional research hospital. She had been in surgery, and came back just as I was supposed to be leaving. I stayed to report to the receiving hospital and the transport team, and get her ready.
- Oct 24, '09 by thegreenmileI just read a study in which they revealed that each interruption consumes approximately 9 min, and another 5 min for the person interrupted to get back on track with the task at hand. Wow.....that's 15 min per incident! So by having 4 interruptions, you have 1 hour consumed out of your work day.
- Oct 24, '09 by JB2007Quote from JBuddWell if blizzards count, I had to stay over 14 hours after my 12 hour shift due to a blizzard. I was getting ready to clock out when it was announced over head that it was manditory to stay until futher notice. I hate it when that happens. Thank God blizzards do not hit my area often.3 hours, but it was a blizzard and most of the day shift was having a hard time getting there.
- Oct 24, '09 by jessiernGuess I'm lucky.
Stayed till 10pm after a young girl coded and passed. Family was going crazy. It was a huge, chaotic mess. Worst shift ever. I was such a mess, one of the oncoming nurses called my mom to come pick me up and take me home.
The next latest was after another very messy code as well. Left at 9:30 that night. But, I'm usually out the door by 7:45 at the latest.
- Oct 24, '09 by tatara8 hour regular shift + 9 hours extension = 17 hours of no shower, no underwear change, no extra white clinical uniform, and no sleep, all work.
I reported for work at 2pm, supposed to be out by 10pm. But all 4 staff nurses who were to take over were exposed unprotected to a Meningococcemia case the day before, so they were not allowed to go to work (infection control SOP). It was because only during my shift that the dreaded diagnosis was confirmed while the patient was already in isolation.
Pull-outs/ on-call nurses who came in as relievers were all new and were not from med/surg area. I had to stay as charge nurse, being the most senior, just so the area with census of 30 patients (3 on mechanical vents, 2 on cystoclysis I&O Q1, 4 on tube feeding, and 1 on insulin drip CBG monitoring Q1) can get through the night.
A bottle of energy drink and 2 mugs of coffee did help a lot to keep my mind awake. I clocked out at 7 am the next day all feeling dirty and tired.
I was able not to sleep for over 24 hours!
My personal record. Couldn't forget it