Hours Worked in Series

  1. I have been looking all over to find the answer to the following question:

    Is there a maximum number of hours worked, in series, that is legal?

    I often have >/= 108 hours of serial call. The potential for me to work 20 hours, go home for an hour, then get called back in, is high. THIS ISN'T safe for my clients, or for me! But my employer is not forthcoming with information, and I cannot find anything in my state licensure books. Any information or leads you may have will be appreciated.
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   shee1a
    I believe your answer would lie in calling the Dept of Labor. The same group that handles minimum wage etc. I thought I was told once the max in a row that could be worked was 16 hours.
  4. by   beano
    I heard the same thing..the maxumum number of hours that you can legally work in one day is 16.
  5. by   LPN2RN
    Thanks for the help!!
  6. by   ruby mcbride
    Contact your state Fair Labor Act. At our hospital you are not allowed to work more than 16 hours then you must take 8 hours off. We have a mandatory overtime policy that protects the nurses. And your right, your putting your license on the line and the safety of the patients. I would refuse to work those kind of hours.

    [This message has been edited by ruby mcbride (edited February 19, 2000).]

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