I am taking this from an older post:
"It's common for me to work a 7-7 shift, have call starting at 11 that night, call ends at 7 am, and i start regular shift at 7 am."
Ok.. so let me get this straight.. this person worked 12 hours- call started at 11 that night... say she was called in at 11 PM and worked through the call shift until 7 AM. THEN
from what I can gather, she then stays and works another 12 hour day shift?? WOW. So this nurse only had 4 hours off and worked over 24 hours?? I am starting in the OR and I know I will eventually be on call, but that is INSANE.
Can someone please clarify CALL hours?? Thanks so much!!
Jan 4, '12
by Rose_Queen, MSN, RN
It's going to vary from hospital to hospital- and even between specialties in the same hospital. I'm not sure how it works for our OB/GYN hospital, but they are staffed 24/7 with one OR reserved for crash sections. It's the same for the main OR (one team in house and available at all times), although there is only one team in-house after 2300. Any case that comes in requires one of the two call teams comes in to be available for traumas. That part is nice because if there's more than one case overnight and they aren't back to back the workload gets shared (such as an appy at 0100 that finishes at 0230, but then at 0400 an ortho trauma comes up means that each call team does one case). Call in main OR is broken up into 8 hour shifts at all times for RN and 8 hours blocks plus one person on a 12 hour block on Sat/Sun for STs. The ortho team (separate facility during the week but works in main during the weekends) only takes call Fri-Sat-Sun in 8 hour blocks. The heart team takes call in either 16 hour blocks during the week (1500-0700) or an entire weekend (1500 Fri-0700 Mon). Most of the time I've been on call, it's usually just to stay late to finish the schedule. I took roughly 2000 hours of call during 2011, and spent only about 50 of those hours physically working. Our call response for ortho, main, and hearts is 30 min. Not sure about OB/GYN, but I'd guess it's the same since they always have an in house team who can start the case while the call team is on the way in. For ortho, main, and hearts, the OR rents an apartment less than a block away that we can stay in if needed. I've used it when on call and it's snowing like crazy, but when I bought my house I made sure it fell within the 30 min rule regardless of traffic.
Last edit by Rose_Queen on Jan 4, '12