How to survive 16h shifts... - page 2

Hey all of you super human nurses... Any tricks on how to get by those long 16h shifts? I'm a new graduate working on a cardio floor in a big teaching hospital and I've got some nasty 16h shifts comming up ( quite many ) ...... Read More

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    Learn to say NO, they will take advantage of you if you let them and don't let them guilt you into some thing that is too much or unsafe. This will lead to burn out as a new grad learning the ropes. You need your time off to unwind and refuel. A 16h shift here and there is fine, more than one a schedule is taking advantage of you and not hiring. I know some nurses that only work 2 16s a week but that's what they signed up for and prefer.

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    For example i work saturday 2/2 sunday 2/3 monday 2/4 16h so i sleep all day tuesday ... Then i work wed 6/2 thurs 7/2 friday 8/2 16h shift... Off saturday night sunday also... Kinda crazy right???
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    Try NOT to preschedule doubles...some places that is illegal?? At least where I work..you can not preschedule 16 but you can "pick up" after the schedule is posted.....fishy huh...try to work an extra day but not doubles...reason is that there is a law suit or two out there(easy to google) where nurses made med errors on the end of that double and they were hung out to dry. You are still liable for your actions...and it will be easier to make you look like you were not "fit for duty". I just want you to protect your license ANd not get burned out. You say you are a new grad... I can remember those days...people would call.. I would say yes..than after the call ended I would feel like I needed to grow a back bone. Eventually I did...I made it a policy to say I would consider the extra shift. At least hang up and give it some thought... Or say you will work your 12 and then see how you feel to pick up an extra 4. Sometimes you may feel ill and calling off is going to be counted against you. If you left it open and were feeling ill... you could just go home. What if its one of those days when you just wish the day would be over ...you have the assignment from hell...and you are stuck there for 16...you will wish you had left yourself some options...
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    Twenty hour shifts are not just crazy, they are flat out dangerous for you and more importantly for your patients. Would you want to be in an airplane with a pilot who was flying a 20 hour shift? Working like that is the same as working impaired.
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    I just don't answer the phone when they call. If anyone asks just say "I was busy."
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    First off, if I were a law maker I would write legislation that capped a nurses day at 12 hours. Beyond that, it is just flat out dangerous. Working those kind of hours you will burn yourself out. Take care of yourself....please.....
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    That sounds like hell. Nurses at my hospital are never scheduled for 16 hr. shifts, certainly not on the floor. 12 hours is cruel enough---16 hours is torture. Nurses only work 16 hour shifts in extenuating staffing circumstances when there is no one to be found to relieve them, and even then approval for the extra four hours must by policy be obtained from the Service Director.
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    You should call the state board of nursing in your state and ask them what they think of this. Or your state nurses association. You and your patients are being put at risk. It is your responsibility to question this practice. Look up risk rates for working such shifts. Get some research in hand and make a copy of your schedule and talk to risk management. If your hospital has a director of patient safety, nursing excelllence or research department get a confidential consultation.
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    So you are prescheduling yourself for these shifts? That is a good way to burn out

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    We are forced to work 12 hour shifts due to the non profit religious organization cutting down the number of nurses way below need. In additon we were put on salary and if you work less than 40 hours in a week of a 2 week pay period we get docked despite the fact that we worked 48 hours are more in the opposite week. For some bizarre reason this organization which uses the name of a religion in its name feels this is proper and that we should be donating our time to them I have never found out the salaries of the board members or ceo, etc but I dont think it is low.


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