I am trying to find out if it's breaking a labor law to make us(PACU) nurses work more than 16 hours straight in a 24 hour period. Could anyone point me in the right direction. I work in Florida and we have times where we must hold a patient in the pacu due to beds not being available during our busy times. I worked with a colleague a few years ago and she said it was against some policy or law that we could not be forced to work more than 16 hours straight. That nurse no longer works with us. Now, my boss is saying that there's no such law or policy.
We take call 24 hour shifts on the weekend and 8 hour weekday call. If I work 10a-10p and I'm on call that night we have used the fact that I would need to be relieved at 2am. And then there's the weekend that they use the pacu to hold patients. The supervisors were using Pacu as an icu hold at times. Now we are faced with possibly being stuck all night. We have this occur probaly 3-4 times a year but are threatened with it pretty often. We of course don't feel this is a safe practice.
So in a nutshell, is there a labor law, perhaps specific to florida, that would clarify this point. Thanks