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How to survive 16h shifts... - page 4

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... Read More

  1. Visit  silverbat profile page
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    I thought it was not legal to work more than 16 hours at a time? I know I am questionalbly safe at 14 hours, I can't imagine 20!!!!! no way, no how, no amount of money, would I do 20!!!
  2. Visit  lydzMtl profile page
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    Just came back from one hecktic evening shift and a calm nighg shift... 16 hours but it wasnt as bad... I used a few of your tricks... Find time to pee... Stay hydrated and eat aroubd 3h30... All that helpes and i also planned all my stuff in advance so this morning i was organized ans didnt bate tu use my brain to get organized i could focus only on treating my patients thanks all and if you ot more great advice keep em commin i work another double in 4 days
  3. Visit  Psychcns profile page
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    Quote from lydzMtl
    Just came back from one hecktic evening shift and a calm nighg shift... 16 hours but it wasnt as bad... I used a few of your tricks... Find time to pee... Stay hydrated and eat aroubd 3h30... All that helpes and i also planned all my stuff in advance so this morning i was organized ans didnt bate tu use my brain to get organized i could focus only on treating my patients thanks all and if you ot more great advice keep em commin i work another double in 4 days
    If you do get a break try exercising or lying down and taking a nap or at least closing your eyes. Yoga. Meditating. Go for a walk.
  4. Visit  Glycerine82 profile page
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    Like others have said, stay hydrated, fed and rest when you can. Sometimes I take a break and take my shoes off and rub my feet for a few minutes. If I have to, I do it in the bathroom. Seems like that's the only time I'm not interrupted. I'm a CNA and I spend 90% of my time on my feet.

    Like others have said, you must pee. Seriously, holding your urine all day is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. I know I don't have the responsibilities of a nurse yet, but If I get a UTI im really not gonna feel good. Plus, I will pee my darn pants if I wait long enough :-| hehe.

    Another thing I do is bring some muscle milks with me to supplement in between meals. I usually only eat once for 12 hours and it seems to help.

    Good luck to ya!!
  5. Visit  lydzMtl profile page
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    THEY CALLED ME IN AGAIN FOR A 16h shift and i work a 16h shift wed n they wanted me to do another one today... They crazy or what! Am I the only one working in that hospital?
  6. Visit  lydzMtl profile page
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    Found another trick to surviving 16h... Habing a fruit shake with milk yogurt and a lil mapple sirup accompanied with mixed nuts... And also to change underwear and socks mid way through the shift

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