Nurses working overtime

  1. 13 It seems nurses are working more and more these days. Instead of hiring they just give you more hours.

    Do you think you spend too much time at work? On average, how many hours do you work per week?



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    About Brian, ADN

    Brian has '18+' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'CCU, Geriatrics, Critical Care, Tele'. From 'Minnesota'; Joined Mar '98; Posts: 15,297; Likes: 16,269.

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  3. Visit  raskol profile page
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    On average I work 48-52 hours a week. My status is full time 40 hours, however my unit is at mandated overtime and has been since January.
  4. Visit  DutchRN09 profile page
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    32 average, but soon moving to Baylor 24...
  5. Visit  Vespertinas profile page
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    I used to work 44h/wk until the hospital mandated that we CANNOT work OT. Now it's strict 36.
  6. Visit  libran1984 profile page
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    Love this post.... Right now as an LPN in the ER, I'm sitting here in the Triage playing on the computer waiting for the patients to arrive. By the end of this shift I will have achieved 29 hours of overtime, and 33 hours of Critical bonus. I'm making $38/hr rt now!! WOOT! I love my job and I love working for OT/CB
  7. Visit  merlee profile page
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    Mandatory OT for months on end - have you contacted the labor board?? Doesn't seem right to me....
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  8. Visit  On3_Tru3_Lov3 profile page
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    What state do you live in? How long have you been an LPN? I want to get my LPN, but I'm afraid of what people have been saying about LPN's being phased out.... This sound like an AWSOME job!
  9. Visit  GitanoRN profile page
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    Quote from brian
    it seems nurses are working more and more these days. instead of hiring they just give you more hours.

    do you think you spend too much time at work? on average, how many hours do you work per week?



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    unquestionably, i feel the same way at times when i'm working all of those crazy hours
  10. Visit  lindarn profile page
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    It is rare, these days, for hospitals to allow LPN/LVNs to work in the ER, OR, or any of the Critical Care areas.

    I would never work with an LPN in ICU who was given as assignment. It is too much responsibility, to be responsible for your own patients and an LPNs.

    The Scope of Practice of LPN/LVN, makes it dificult for them to be able to do what needs to be done in that environment.

    I mean no disrespect to LPN/LVNs, as I worked with LPN/LVNs before I went into Critical Care.

    If you really want to be an ER nurse, I suggest that you look into becoming an RN, not LPN.

    JMHO and my NY $0.02.

    Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
    Somewhere in the PACNW
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  11. Visit  libran1984 profile page
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    I live and work in Indianapolis, IN. I graduated nursing school in Oct 2010 and began work for 9 - 10 months as a corrections nurse in prison. After being fed to the wolves in prison I managed to persevere by continuing on with good nursing assessment skills and encountered all kinds of trauma and ER situations that I managed to land a highly coveted LPN position in a local ER. The LPN is being phased out in many hospitals that are attempting or are Magnet status but I have found the non-magnet hospitals still use us in one form or another. The Best part is that I'm NOT a tech. I'm a real nurse with my own patient load ranging from ear aches, appendicitis, to pneumonia. I only need an RN to do the initial assessment or agree with my assessment and to do the discharge should pt not be a candidate for admittence to the hospital.
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  12. Visit  PMFB-RN profile page
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    Quote from libran1984
    I only need an RN to do the initial assessment or agree with my assessment and to do the discharge should pt not be a candidate for admittence to the hospital.
    *** Back in the day when I was an LVN I got a job in a burn unit ICU. I was the first and only LVN ever hired in that unit. I only got the job cause the nurse manager had been my supervisor when we were both in the army and working in the burn ICU at Brooks Army Medical Center, her and as RN and me as a medic. That and the fact that they were SEVERLY short staffed.
    We did our charting and assessments on a paper tri fold. My nurse manager would PRE-SIGN these paper assessments for me. When I came to work there was a stack of these pre-signed by an RN trifolds in my mail box. I would just take them out and and start my day exactly like any other nurse on the unit. That situation lasted about 9 months while I was in an LVN-RN program. After I got my RN I arrived at work one day and my nurse manager congradulated me for obtaing my RN and I remeber several of the nurses being shocked that I had been working there as a LVN. They haden't realized I was an LVN.
    Today as a critical care / rapid response RN I shudder at the thought of doing something like that. At the time I was brand new to cilivian health care and had no idea the risk we were taking.
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  13. Visit  BuckyBadgerRN profile page
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    Do the research! It's becoming more and more rare for hospitals to hire LPN's. None the hospitals around here hire new LPN's, if a current leaves for whatever reason, they're replaced with an RN
  14. Visit  libran1984 profile page
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    I agree with Lindarn also, the RN is the way to go. My 3.76 GPA and 84.5 TEAS test wasn't good enough to get into an RN program so I opt'd for the LPN to tide me over until I can transition. Indiana is very liberal in their state practice act so I'm allowed to start IVs, administer IVP medication, access ports and PICC lines, draw ABG's and initiate the transfusion of blood per MD order. All of which the hospital has extensively provided RN and LPNs together great knowledge and care with continued education - In this respect the LPN equally as knowledgable and skilled as the RN.

    My particular hospital does not allow the LPN to administer IVP cardiac medication, Conscious sedation meds, or IV insulin. I am not allowed to EJ anyone unless I have a dual paramedic certification. I am also not allowed to be the primary nurse for Level 1 or 2 acuity (Ie: shockroom pts), although I can still carry out most orders and assist during codes, intubation, and chest tube insertions. The RN must also agree with the LPN assessment or perform her own assessment to comply with JCAHO standards.

    So for monetary value, the desire to be more marketable in the nursing world, and to take higher acuity patients as my own I would always recommend the RN route if and when possible.

    My hospital also does not allow techs or LPNs in the ICU or NICU.
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