How many hours should you be working? | allnurses

How many hours should you be working?

  1. 14 Hours have been cut back in recent years but for many long hours are still a burden.

    For those working long hours, it's hard to find another job ... you just can't pack up and leave. When do you say to yourself "enough is enough"?

    What's your weekly hour sweet spot? 40 hours? 50 hours? 60 hours?

    I have learned, that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. - Henry David Thoreau
    Click Like if you enjoyed it.

    Please share this with friends and post your comments below!

    Want more nursing cartoons?
  2. 19 Comments so far...

  3. Visit  sharpeimom profile page
    how many hours did i actually work or how many hours do i feel as though i worked?
    nursefrances, joanna73, merlee, and 1 other like this.
  4. Visit  Reigen profile page
    Last week I worked 97.25 got paycheck stub to prove those hours.... and I feel like that picture! LOL
  5. Visit  joy09 profile page
    If I have to work more than 10 hours a day in an 8 hour day job, that is too much. I just left a full time job because I was documenting into the evening, working up to twelve hours per day by the time I was done. Ideally, if I am paid for eight and it's a salary job, anything over eight is too much if it happens routinely, especially if you don't get lighter days.
    NurseDELW and whoa-now like this.
  6. Visit  Oldest&Ugliest profile page
    Gosh, Reagin, do they let you sleep there? That is an insane amount of hours!
    Last edit by Oldest&Ugliest on Aug 10, '12 : Reason: addition for clarity of reply.
  7. Visit  forbidden2know profile page
    Are CNA's paid by the hour or salary?
  8. Visit  GitanoRN profile page
    I can definitely relate to the cartoon, I lost count, I was scheduled to work 42hrs. however, I ended-up working 60.5 hours now I need to get some ....Aloha~
  9. Visit  whoa-now profile page
    Forbidden, I personally have never known CNA's to get paid salary. In some home care settings though they are paid per visit.
    Last edit by whoa-now on Aug 11, '12 : Reason: spelling
  10. Visit  whoa-now profile page
    Now... about working too many hours. The grass is NOT always greener. I left a job because I thought mgmt. was crazy to think we could finish all tasks and documentation in the hours we were expected to work in a day. Probably 4/5 days turned into13-14 hours instead of the scheduled 12. (plus commute). Left that job and the next job was even worse. So no, don't pack your bags too quickly!!
  11. Visit  joanna73 profile page
    I work 12.5 hours. The week I'm scheduled for 5 shifts is just brutal. It takes days for me to recover. Considering I have 20 more years to work, I know I'll need to do something else.
  12. Visit  libran1984 profile page
    In my opinion, anything beyond 24 required hours per week is too much required time... Let me here it for the weekend option ppl WOOT!

    Work 2 days, get paid for 3!
    Nurse Allie likes this.
  13. Visit  Wild Irish LPN profile page
    I am averaging around 48-52h per week on a consistant basis, so I am happy with that....the thing that does run me into the ground is the flipping of my schedule from days to nights, that is a killer on the body....but hey, that why they call it work....right?
  14. Visit  BloomNurseRN profile page
    I'm still a student but I definitely understand long hours. Not only have I worked at least 2 jobs at the same time regularly over the last few years (although I am currently unemployed due to elimination of my last position) but last year I worked full-time while also doing my first semester of nursing school. There was nothing I could do, as I was waiting out my employer so that I could apply for unemployment when I lost my job. I wasn't going to put off nursing school any longer but to say I was easily working/dealing with school a good 55+ hours a week plus another at least 10-15 hours of studying would be a modest estimate. It wasn't easy but I made it work.

    I certainly don't want to work more than 40 hours a week when I graduate but again, I know I will do what I have to. That's life sometimes!