I would do that too, Mark, except I have a family waiting for me at home who needs me even more than my patients do. And yanno after reading your post, I felt like crap for just a millisecond.
THEN, I remembered a few things and priorities....I have stayed quite a while after shift more than on one occasion, but I am very cognitive of the needs of my growing kids (who are growing up too damn quickly), and husband and they always will come first.
As it is, The kids' dad is military and, he works late and on weekends oftentimes, not to mention, he is out of town on many occasions. So I am not able to dedicate myself in the way I want to, or the way you do. That is why I work perdiem, too.
Til my dh retires from the USAF, this is the way it will have to be and folks (patients and coworkers) will have to understand. I can only be one place at a time. KIDDOS come first while they are growing up. No compromises here. I guess all the accolades and praise for being a super nurse will have to wait til my kids are grown.
Not to take anything away from you, Mark, but I can't do what you do. Nursing is lucky to have a few like you. I can't be among those esteemed ranks, sadly....I have too much going on at home. My time there is TOO precious to spend it "off the clock" at work. sigh....