Most consecutive 12's worked in a row? - page 3

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   kaycee
    I the mid 70's when I was younger and just starting out I worked in a SICU. We frequently worked 9-10 days in a row to be able to get a 4 day weekend on occasion. The problem was sometimes in that 9-10 day stretch you would work all three shifts. They didn't do 12 hr shifts back then.
    Now I work steady 3-11 with 2-3 11a-11p shifts thrown in. That's a killer shift, busiest time in an ER. I'm exhausted after 2, dead after 3. I don't know how you guys can do all those 12's.
    I would probably end up being the patient instead of the nurse. Hope whoever takes care of me isn't working more then 3 12's. HA_HA
  2. by   -jt
    what is the matter with you people?? Why are you working 4, 5, 6, and 7 or more 12 hr shifts in a row? Is that your choice? Mandatory overtime? Strikebusting? For money? What?

    Those kinds of hours are not safe for you or your pt. Its not responsible or professional to be putting them at risk like that. Or your license at risk like that.

    Our contracts specify that 3 shifts in a row is the limit. And we usually only schedule that once a month.
  3. by   Dayannight
    Hey, you can only do so many 12 hr shifts in a row before you do get to a point where the potential for making a med error increases considerably and patient care is jeopardized. The first time I made a med error was while working the seventh in a row of a stretch of 12's. So, now I won't ever do six or seven straight in a row. However, four in a row works just fine for me. (My regular schedule is 3 on, 4 off, but like Nilepoc, I find it hard to turn down that extra shift when it's time and a half or sometimes double time. So I've been doing four 12's for quite a while now.)
  4. by   kennedyj
    I dont like more than 3 in a row. We work 42hrs a week with 2 or 3 days in a row. I have worked up 4 days consec before but only about 3-4 tikmes

    I hope those of you who work over 4-5 days in a row, get a week off or want to get the extra hours in. for me 42 hrs a week is plenty. Gotta have my time for the parties, running around, giving people a hard time etc....
  5. by   skybird52
    I've also worked 21 12-hour shifts in a row.[IMG]http://[/IMG] Lived to tell about it, but also learned that i won't do that again. Ever!
  6. by   ZAROZINIA
    Hi, I used to work 7 on & 7 off, but that was before I had a kid. Now with a toddler I work 3 a week & occassionally 4. Sometimes I end up working 5/6 12 hs over 7 days which kills me, this is due to off duty problems. As long as I get 8 hours sleep each night I can cope with these shifts. But if the other nurse goes sick then I find it difficult .
    My problem is that I am expected to do rotation constantly, ie - 5 nights and 7 days per month all mixed up. I am even expected to do a 12 hr night, sleep that day then go in for a 12 hour dayshift on the following day. How does everyone else managed quick returns?
  7. by   skybird52
    This is how I dealt with rotation shifts like well as working split shifts on 2 or more units. I quit, and did not ever look back, except to wonder why some facilities still work their people so bad like that?
  8. by   RTaylorrn
    I may hold the record with 23 12 hour nights in a row. Working two jobs in the ICU - one part-time one full-time in preparation of buying a new house. After about 6 - 8 days it just became automatic. My average for that year and half was 11 - 13 at a stretch. I don't think I could do it again.
  9. by   skybird52
    That's exactly why I had worked those 21 in a row. I was buying a house that year.
    Last edit by skybird52 on Dec 8, '01
  10. by   NurseDennie
    Zarozinia -

    "My problem is that I am expected to do rotation constantly, ie - 5 nights and 7 days per month all mixed up. I am even expected to do a 12 hr night, sleep that day then go in for a 12 hour dayshift on the following day. How does everyone else managed quick returns?"

    I think you should get another job! Study after study have shown that rotating shifts is much too stressful on your body to maintain. It also sets you up for making mistakes. Sounds perfectly HORRIBLE.


  11. by   tntrn
    I am horrified by the numbers of shifts some of you are actually admitting to having worked. I certainly would not want to be your patient after, oh, say, 5 of those 12 hour shifts.

    I personally begin to really watch myself at the end of my 8 hours. I am beginning to get serious about some kind of movement to legally limit how much we can work, and to prevent adminstrations from allowing such policies.

    Professional pilots have a certain number of hours a year that they can fly (while on the job). It's 1000 hours, and while that would be on the low side for nurses, working 60 12 hours shifts in 2 1/2 months, is crazy.

    Just my .02 worth, but as one who works with those of you who may be guilty of this practice, and as a potential patient, I am outraged.
  12. by   skybird52
    I would love to see that a limit was put on the number of consecutive shifts, and also that the limit would be followed by the facility, hang the cost of using agency staffing if needed. In addition, those agencies should also limit how many consecutive shifts being worked.
  13. by   grouchy
    Where do you Stepford nurses come from? Personally, I want to start a post re: least number of hours worked and still felt fried afterwards! I dare all you other tired-out nurses to answer that one! I suppose I should be glad that you robo-nurses are out there racking up the OT, or we'd really be short-staffed.