Working 48 hours a week - page 3

by jhopper 2,875 Views | 29 Comments

Hey guys and girls. Got a question about working while in school. I just finished my general education requirements and will begin the ASN program this Fall. I am an EMT Basic. I worked 48 hours a week through my gen-eds... Read More


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    Thank you for the thoughtfull response k_girl153.

    Matt's Girl: I am considering the possiblity of reducing my workload to accomodate nursing school. And I do agree, such a schedule is not ideal. I do appreciate your conviction for workplace and patient safety. I value both as well. There is nothing worse than an impaired coworker.
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    I understand the EMS system very well. By state and Federal regulations you are "allowed" to work those hours, as are residents, because you are "allowed to sleep" and have "expected downtime". Nurses, however, are not allowed to sleep at work and there are no real "expected downtime" break periods when calls aren't coming dispatched. NUrses afre expected to be "on" the entire shift.

    There ARE Federal and State regulations, as well as Nursing Board/Nurse practice Acts, that stipulate the maximum amount of time a nurse maybe on duty, atthe bedside, in non-mass casualty situations.....as well as required in-between time to return to work. To work outside these parameters is considered illegal and negligent. Your nursing student insurance may not cover you if you intentionally violate these laws.

    The least of all these issues is your school. They say it is prohibited. They find out they will kick you out. Nursing programs do NOT have a sense of humor for students that willingly and openly disobey the rules and regs. Nurses are all about the rules and regulations and have little tolerance for those who don't.......for that makes them a liability.

    I wish you the best.
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    This is true, that in EMS we may have extended durations of downtime. The problem is I've worked many shifts with 30 minutes of downtime every few hours with steady calls through the night. This equates to frequent breaks with no sleep.

    In regard to Federal and state regulations: I have been searching my state's nursing laws on this topic. At this point I can't find anything touching on this subject, though it may be covered in our labor laws.

    As for my nursing school - they are sticklers for rule keeping and policy compliance. I attend one of the more exclusive nursing programs in my area. Admission at this college is very rigorous. Anyone leaving, or asked to leave, the program can be replaced very quickly with another student on the waiting list. I definitely don't want to miss out.

    I don't want to break the rules - that's not me. I work because I have obligations and responsibilities. Anyhow it may be better to drop half of my shift at work in order to be better prepared for my clinical the next day. We'll see what happens.
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    Just spoke with my employer. They have re-worked my schedule, and I will not be working prior to my clinicals. The world will be a safer place...
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    Quote from jhopper
    Just spoke with my employer. They have re-worked my schedule, and I will not be working prior to my clinicals. The world will be a safer place...
    At the very least, your spot in the nursing program will be a safer place.
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    Update. I finished first semester while working 48 hours every week. I finished Pharmacology with an A, and fundamentals with a B. I passed every clicnial skill return the first time with no repeats. Our school also holds a math test to pass Pharmacology. A 90% is required to progress to the next semester. I passed this the first time as well.

    I will work this schedule next semester as well. It is very doable.
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    I'm about to start my second semester this week. My first semester I worked 36 hrs (fri-sun 12 hr shifts each) and took 9 credit hrs, nursing skills, assessment and foundation. I passed all check off on the first try and passed the semester with 2 As and 1 B oh and I'm also a mom two kids (6 and 3 yrs). I plan to work 36 hrs a week as much as possible this semester along with taking adult health with clinical, OB with clinical and pharm. it was not easy but I always kept my grades up and never missed or failed an assignment/exam. You can do anything you put your mind to just remember that you have to work hard and know that it's only for a little while. Good luck!
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    To pull a heavy load at school and work you have to have it together. You have to be able to multi task, manage time efficiently, and maintain a family. Imagine what you'll be able to do when you graduate and you can focus you're time on a nursing career! Good luck to you as well, stay focused.
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    I'm starting next Tuesday and I'm going to work a 48 as well every week... I'm a Firefighter/EMT-I any advice or suggestions?
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    It depends on your services call volume... but no-sleep-24 or 48 into a 12 hour clinical is a BAD plan.


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