Funny, I was just discussing this with my DON the other night. We have kind of the opposite problem where I work. I have a coworker who consistently signs up for extra shifts, working everyday for two to three weeks sometimes. These are 12 hour day shifts so she ends up working 84 hours a week, week after week. Anyway, I talked about the DON about this, and she told me that if she didn't work so many hours at our hospital, she would just work extra hours somewhere else. True, if she doesn't get hours at her full time job, she will pick up shifts through her agency. The DON agreed with me that it can be dangerous for her to be putting in so many hours at our hospital or anywhere else, but what can anyone do? You can't force someone to take days off, especially when she openly admits that things are so bad at home that she'd rather be at work, not to mention the fact that she needs the money due to debt. The last time I worked with her, I could tell she had been working too many hours, she was loud, pushy and short with her coworkers. I guess I can only hope that she doesn't make any fatal errors in her overworking. But again, what can you do? She is the first one that anyone calls when someone extra is needed cause she will drop what she is doing to come in. Again, I hope that she doesn't get so fatigued that she does something really stupid or has breakdown at the wrong time. I don't know what else I can do.