Most consecutive 12's worked in a row? - page 2

I am currently In the middle of a stretch of eight. So what is the most 12 hour shifts you have worked consecutively? One guy at my hospital has done 21 in a row. He just wanted to work after a... Read More

  1. by   nilepoc
    Wow, it looks like I am not the only masochist.

    I just have to defend myself, by saying it is very hard to turn down a shift when it is offered to you as double time.

    And yes I get thanksgiving off after this.
  2. by   Dplear
    I have got you all beat...I did 60 (yes SIXTY) 12 hour shifts in 2 1/2 months. I did that last year when I wanted to get 25,000 for a down payment on a house. I got the money. I also felt like sleeping for a month after I was done. When you have a goal in mind and a way to achieve it, you can push your body very far when needed.

    I know have a set schedule of 7 12's in a row with 7 days off. I am on day 4 of this work week right now.....


    (cousre what also helps is all those shifts and my current ones were all night shifts.)
  3. by   LilgirlRN
    One of my coworkers worked a TWENTY hour shift in the ER recently!! The nursing supervisor told her that it was "legal" as long as she was off for eight hours before her next shift!
  4. by   Jenny P
    And we wonder why we seem to be aging faster than the general population and why there is a nursing shortage? Did you know that 100 years ago the average lifespan of a person after graduating from nursing school was 15 years? And we also wonder why there are med errors and other terrible things that happen to our patients!
    3 12 hour shifts are my limit; and I need 2 days off after that to recuperate. I can't believe what some of you are doing to yourselves!!! Please do not be my nurse when you are that sleep deprived!
  5. by   Dplear
    thing is...even when i was doing those shifts and still to this day average 7-8 hours of sleep a day. I do not consider that being slepp deprived. the reson i felt like dleepiong for a month when i was done was that releif that it was over and I could take a know that "i'm on vacation and can sleep forever" type relief?
  6. by   semstr
    sorry I just have to ask this very provoking question:
    (although I've worked up to 7 12h. too, long time ago though)

    what about patient- safety?
    what about nursing-quality?

    I know after 1 12h, you can't think straight anylonger, so how do you do that?

    I always tell my students not to work the 12h, and as long as they are at school they can't do more then 5 a month, but as soon as they are finished, they only see more free time.

    I don't think that's right. /This has nothing to do with being short of nurses!! That would be a diffeent story.

    Take care, Renee
  7. by   nurs4kids
    My coworker, who routinely does way more 12's than safe, also feels it doesn't affect his ability for patient care. Myself and coworkers have a habit of going behind him, correcting mistakes and overlooking his sleep deprived sarcasm. Sometimes we're too sleepy to REALIZE we're making mistakes.

    Actually, I occassionally do 4 in a row. That 4th day is easier than the third; I don't know why. Anything beyond that is unsafe.
  8. by   funnynurse
    any of you masochists have a family? The most I want to do in a row is 2 and I'm only 29! By the end of the second twelve I am so emotionally and physically drained I need a couple days off to recoop! Working a 12 on a busy day shift when everyone is pulling at you does not help either!
  9. by   Jenny P
    Dplear, what about your family life, grocery shopping, checkbook balancing, laundry, cooking, eating, cleaning house, etc. life? Maybe if you are doing day shift it is easier than night shift (which is what I work), but my whole life falls apart with sleep deprivation-- which starts to occur after 4 12 hour shifts in a row. That's why I only work 3 in a row; there are too many people who do depend on me too much for me to fall apart like that. After 3 12s in a row, I'm highly emotional and my brain just doesn't always think straight. It isn't fun being that tired.
  10. by   NurseDennie
    I agree - sometimes you have no idea how tired you are. I worked with a WONDERFUL, brilliant, hard-working woman who was putting two sons through college at the same time. She'd work every shift she could get her hands on.

    One morning I came on, and she's sitting in the nurse station, bleary-eyed, and I get report from her that one of the patients K+ is just incredibly high. I can't even remember right now, but it was a panic value and she said she'd called the resident. Then as she finished report, she tells me his maintenance fluid was D5 1/2 with 30!!! of K. I said, "well, it's D5 1/2 now, right?." She just looked at me with that deer-look-in-the-headlight look.

    She's a brilliant woman, as I said, and a great nurse. But when you've reached the end of the rope, you just don't make the connections right.


  11. by   KARRN3
  12. by   seven

    40-60 12's?? that is obscene...i am a nsg student, young, in good health and that scares the crap out of me as a future nurse and as one of your potential patients (hey, who knows?)....

    am i alone in this?

  13. by   Adrena
    No way you're not alone Seven!
    I think 21, 42,... are insanity... I can't even imagine how tired I'd be. 3 is the limit for me definetly. I know people that routinely do 4 in a row though and it works for them.