Nursing Hours

  1. Is there a maximum number of hours that an RN or LPN can work at one time?
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  3. by   Larry77
    I don't know if it's actually a law, but I've always heard people at work say it's illegal to work more than 16 hours at once. I'd be interested to know if it is some labor law though. I once worked 18.5 hours in a row when I was new at the hospital and I got a major arse chewing from the supervisor...woops :imbar
  4. by   Mister Chris
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    Is there a maximum number of hours that an RN or LPN can work at one time?
    I have worked many hours on shifts from 6 to 16. Also regular 12 hour shifts. Since I have worked for myself (not through an agency but totally self employed) I have worked back to back shifts in different establishments. One 8 hour shift in one premises and then a quick drive to another place (20 mins away) then completed a 10 hour shift for them! This I have done several times and provided I get enough sleep and food I find I can cope with this about twice a week as well as a few ordinary shifts of 8 to 10 hours. I think it is legal? Anyway each establishment is billed separately by me and they pay me without question. Not a job for the meek! I do believe there are certain limitations on the hours one is allowed to work continuously but have no idea of where the legislation is detailed - Nursing Unions? Nursing Registration Council? Any offers?
  5. by   PRNMEDS
    I think it depends on the State you are in. I believe (or at least I hear) that 18 hrs in a row and then required to get a break. Not sure if this is true or not.

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