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Longest Shift You've Worked

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Specializes in Rehab/Nurse Manager. Has 6 years experience.

As nurses, there may be times we are required to work long days. The other day, I successfully worked my first 23 hour shift.

What is the longest shift you've ever worked? 

hppygr8ful, ASN, RN, EMT-I

Specializes in Psych, Addictions, SOL (Student of Life). Has 19 years experience.

I would never and I mean never allow an employer to take that kind advantage of me. Barring a natural disaster or unusually emergent situation I make sure I am appropriately compensated for any and all overtime worked. Working 23 hours straight is simply not safe and it’s foolish to believe otherwise.

Pepper The Cat, BSN, RN

Specializes in Gerontology. Has 35 years experience.

If you are working 23 hours there is something seriously wrong with your work place. That is not safe and is not something you should be proud of.

SilverBells, BSN

Specializes in Rehab/Nurse Manager. Has 6 years experience.

This was my third 20+hour shift within 10 working days; last Monday was 20 hours, last Friday was 21 hours, yesterday was 23 hours. I took today off

JadedCPN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics, Pediatric Float, PICU, NICU. Has 15 years experience.

11 hours ago, SilverBells said:

As nurses, there may be times we are required to work long days. The other day, I successfully worked my first 23 hour shift.

What is the longest shift you've ever worked? 

Based on previous posts, I don’t believe for a second that you were REQUIRED to work 23 hours straight but rather chose to. Which has been address ad nauseam in multiple posts.

SmilingBluEyes

Specializes in Specializes in L/D, newborn, GYN, LTC, Dialysis. Has 24 years experience.

I don't care to say because this is not a contest I want to win. I will say it was not 23 hours. I would never ever consent to that. Unless there were a disaster.

SilverBells, BSN

Specializes in Rehab/Nurse Manager. Has 6 years experience.

33 minutes ago, JadedCPN said:

Based on previous posts, I don’t believe for a second that you were REQUIRED to work 13 hours straight but rather chose to. Which has been address ad nauseam in multiple posts.

No one specifically stated I needed to work those hours, you're right.  However, the assigned workload basically requires it in order to ensure everything is successfully completed.  For example, days will be long if you are manager and floor nurse for more than one unit along with getting multiple admits. Or dealing with the assortment of grievances from unsatisfied patients and upper management basically expecting you spend an hour on each one.  Or having emergencies or patients suddenly deciding they want to discharge. 

SilverBells, BSN

Specializes in Rehab/Nurse Manager. Has 6 years experience.

People keep asking more and more from me on a daily basis.  Frankly, I don't have much to give anymore but my perfectionistic tendencies and desire to please still somehow keep pushing me to produce as much success as possible.  Hence, the long shifts.

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SmilingBluEyes

Specializes in Specializes in L/D, newborn, GYN, LTC, Dialysis. Has 24 years experience.

Let go!

SilverBells, BSN

Specializes in Rehab/Nurse Manager. Has 6 years experience.

3 minutes ago, SmilingBluEyes said:

Let go!

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hppygr8ful, ASN, RN, EMT-I

Specializes in Psych, Addictions, SOL (Student of Life). Has 19 years experience.

9 hours ago, SilverBells said:

No one specifically stated I needed to work those hours, you're right.  However, the assigned workload basically requires it in order to ensure everything is successfully completed.  For example, days will be long if you are manager and floor nurse for more than one unit along with getting multiple admits. Or dealing with the assortment of grievances from unsatisfied patients and upper management basically expecting you spend an hour on each one.  Or having emergencies or patients suddenly deciding they want to discharge. 

I have been a manager in an LTC/SNF and was never told to work those kind of hours. In fact I was encouraged to empower my nurses to use their skills and judgement to communicate directly with physicians and families, act on emergencies and coordinate transfers to the ER/Acute hospital on their own. If your employer is not encouraging you to do the same they are abusing you and also setting you up to take the blame for any adverse events and negative outcomes that occur and get the attendtion of state surveyors.

Hppy

amoLucia

Specializes in LTC.

I thought I was illegal after 16 hours!

Hannahbanana, BSN, MSN

Specializes in Physiology, CM, consulting, nsg edu, LNC, COB. Has 51 years experience.

19 hours ago, hppygr8ful said:

I would never and I mean never allow an employer to take that kind advantage of me. Barring a natural disaster or unusually emergent situation I make sure I am appropriately compensated for any and all overtime workED. Working 23 hours straight is simply not safe and it’s foolish to believe otherwise.

But golly gee, what kind of clickbait would that be? Most unsatisfactory. 

Hannahbanana, BSN, MSN

Specializes in Physiology, CM, consulting, nsg edu, LNC, COB. Has 51 years experience.

18 hours ago, SilverBells said:

  Frankly, I don't have much to give anymore but my perfectionistic tendencies and desire to please still somehow keep pushing me to produce as much success as possible. 

This reminds me of the trendy answer that went around on one of those “What kind of questions will they ask me in a job interview?” threads a few years back. It was considered to be verrrrry clever for you to answer HR’s query, ”What’s your greatest weakness?” with a humblebrag, “I’m such a perfectionist, I work waaay too hard!”

Dearie, all the HR people took that seminar too. Nobody believes it. It certainly doesn’t make anybody sound as desirable as they think, not anymore.

Does anybody remember the Nancy Drew books where the plots were basically all the same, so you could see the ending a mile away? That was about when I stopped reading them, too. 

klone, MSN, RN

Specializes in OB-Gyn/Primary Care/Ambulatory Leadership. Has 15 years experience.

23 hours ago, SilverBells said:

This was my third 20+hour shift within 10 working days; last Monday was 20 hours, last Friday was 21 hours, yesterday was 23 hours. I took today off

You shouldn't be talking about it as if it's honorable or something worth bragging about. I would be embarrassed to admit, as a manager, that I put those hours in. It means I'm not a very good manager (because the sign of a good manager is when you can leave and the place runs smoothly without you).

SilverBells, BSN

Specializes in Rehab/Nurse Manager. Has 6 years experience.

47 minutes ago, klone said:

You shouldn't be talking about it as if it's honorable or something worth bragging about. I would be embarrassed to admit, as a manager, that I put those hours in. It means I'm not a very good manager (because the sign of a good manager is when you can leave and the place runs smoothly without you).

There's likely some truth to this, unfortunately.  During two of these shifts, I was manager and floor nurse for two units, so I was unsuccessful in delegating due to having no one to delegate to.  The third shift there was not really a good reason for me for being there that long other than the floor staff kept venting about difficult situations and, feeling bad for them, stepped in to help.  I also was probably busy doing things that didn't absolutely have to be done that day, if even at all.  

hppygr8ful, ASN, RN, EMT-I

Specializes in Psych, Addictions, SOL (Student of Life). Has 19 years experience.

I believe that the management is capitalizing on certain insecurities the OP might have. There was a time when I worked pretty much the same way. I in fact worked my self into a suicidal depression. A very good therapist told me “They did just fine before they hired you and when you leave they will find someone else to fill your chair.”

You lose.  I worked 36 hours once, not in healthcare, but retail.  And many moons ago.

This was a contest, right?  😜