I'm thinking this is illegal, but I'm not sure.
What is the MAX number of hours a nurse can work in ONE shift? For example, can we work 24 hours straight?
Obviously this is a huge safety issue. I live in Texas and I work at the freestanding ER. Staff on shift includes 1 RN, 1 MD, 1 CT tech, and 1 unit secretary. Sometimes it's an issue trying to find coverage for shifts especially at the last minute. There honestly isn't a whole lot of full-time staff for day shift.
If there isn't another nurse available to come in and relieve you, you're expected to stay and work. One of our nurses was literally stuck here for a few days. The facility doesn't believe in closing down if coverage cannot be found.
I realize that a disaster situation is different, but Texas states that mandatory overtime may be required in the event of a disaster situation, but does that also mean working 24+ hours at a time? I'm more curious about non-disaster situations.
Thank you in advance!