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What is the longest long day anyone works???

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Specializes in A and E, Medicine, Surgery.

Just out of curiosity I wonder who across the world officially works the longest long day. Rules are travelling time plus working hours......

My regular hours are 07.00 till 19.30 which is a reasonable 12.5 hours plus an hours travelling so 13.5.

My bank ward works 07.00 till 21.00hrs a much more feet wearing, back breaking 14 hours plus an hours travelling so 15 in total.

but my day is a walk in the park compared to a colleague who also works the 07.00 till 21.00hrs but with 2 hours travelling per day, which by my sums makes his day 16 hours. Fine for a one off but two in a row makes my eyes water.

I am sure there are nurses out there working longer so over to you................:nurse:

GHGoonette, BSN, RN

Specializes in PACU, OR.

Ok, let me do some arithmetic...

We don't have night staff in our OR. Those on call for the week get to stay on and finish lists running late. So, one Monday, I leave home at about 6h30, start at 7. Work till 7pm, that's 12 hours. Surgical list which started at 13h00 just kept going....and going.... until something after 3am. That's another 8 hours. Total 20.5 hours so far. Clean up, check drugs, get changed-about 3h30 or thereabouts. Got home somewhere in the region of 4am, so add another hour, that's 21.5. Think I scored a record there?

Otessa, BSN, RN

Has 19 years experience.

:eek:

Ok, let me do some arithmetic...

We don't have night staff in our OR. Those on call for the week get to stay on and finish lists running late. So, one Monday, I leave home at about 6h30, start at 7. Work till 7pm, that's 12 hours. Surgical list which started at 13h00 just kept going....and going.... until something after 3am. That's another 8 hours. Total 20.5 hours so far. Clean up, check drugs, get changed-about 3h30 or thereabouts. Got home somewhere in the region of 4am, so add another hour, that's 21.5. Think I scored a record there?

Ruby Vee, BSN

Specializes in CCU, SICU, CVSICU, Precepting & Teaching. Has 40 years experience.

dh (flight nurse) worked 24 hour shifts.

Music in My Heart

Specializes in being a Credible Source. Has 11 years experience.

I takes me 3.5 hours to get to work... added to the 12 hours gets me to 15.5 on my "bookend days" but only 12 on my middle day. 2 hours of OT is not unheard of so the day can get to 17-18. I've pulled a couple of doubles and both times had OT at the end... those ended up being 26-27 hr days.

I worked a couple of 21 hour days and a few 18 hour shifts in home health. These were exceptional situations though, not the norm.

GHGoonette, BSN, RN

Specializes in PACU, OR.

dh (flight nurse) worked 24 hour shifts.

i takes me 3.5 hours to get to work... added to the 12 hours gets me to 15.5 on my "bookend days" but only 12 on my middle day. 2 hours of ot is not unheard of so the day can get to 17-18. i've pulled a couple of doubles and both times had ot at the end... those ended up being 26-27 hr days.

:eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:

and the winners are....

NurseLoveJoy88, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC. Has 6 years experience.

I've worked 7p-7a at one job. Worked at a second job at 830 am - 4pm all in one day. . so thats about.... 20 hrs!

I win !!!!

hospicevet 20, ASN, RN

Specializes in Hospice, Education, Critical Care Peds. Has 25 years experience.

Looking at it another way, in October I worked travel, patient visits, care conferences, office time and charting, and on call, working 48 hours on weekends, and managed to get two, count 'em, two complete days off. Does taking on call duty after working all day count? I had no scheduled days off in November, so I quit. I'm slightly amazed I made it through, and am still numb & dumb from fatigue, but I am enjoying the leisure of looking for a job!

bhanson

Specializes in Cardiac. Has 2 years experience.

Every day I work I leave my house at 5PM and get home at 9AM. Sometimes I'll stay over when day-shift is short and I'll get home at 1-2PM.

OutlawNurse86, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, LTAC, Critical Care.

We work 12hr shifts on my unit, 7-7. Tomorrow I'm working 3p-7a (16hrs)....I'm an idiot who can't say no to time and a half :D

badphish

Specializes in ED. Has 1 years experience.

I Worked an 80 shift during hurricane charley in 04. But that was as a medic. Good money. Easy shift

FranEMTnurse, CNA, LPN, EMT-I

Specializes in LTC, CPR instructor, First aid instructor.. Has 24 years experience.

I worked 16 hours in the past. I filled in for a co-worker who went home with a bad case of flu.

badphish

Specializes in ED. Has 1 years experience.

Nurse gig minus OT. 12 hour shift 2 hour travel time. 14 total. Medic. 24 hour shift. To. 36 hour shift. + 2 hour travel time.

loveu123

Specializes in acute dialysis, Telemetry, subacute.

I worked 20 hours from yesterday till this morning. i am an acute dialysis nurse. i went to work at 6am yesterday and punched out at 2:01am this morning.. i was paged for an add on at the ER. (I was the on call person). I was told the patient had been assigned a room in the imcu and should wait to start there. It took almost 2 hours for patient to get to the unit. I got a page again whille working on my last patient to set up a SLEDD at the ICU. I left work very exhausted. The good thing with my employer is that they allow you to take yourself off the schedule for the next day if You are scheduled to work so i got today off. I love doing acute dialysis but the hours are crazy.

Gluteus Maximus

Specializes in Primary Care Nursing.

The maximum I worked at once is a 16 hour shift.

I know when to say NO -- I refuse to become a statistic.

Flo., BSN, RN

Specializes in Developmental Disabilites,. Has 7 years experience.

The longest I worked was 17hrs during a disater. Otherwise I do not go over 13.

jnrsmommy

Specializes in LTC/Rehab,Med/Surg, OB/GYN, Ortho, Neuro.

Hurricane Rita. Clocked in 1700 Fri evening (already in OT at this point), and did not clock out again until 9 days later when I got to "officially" leave the hospital and return home. They paid us OT for the hours we worked, and straight time for the hours we slept at the hospital, so my pay was double time and over time for a few days. Was exhausted at the end, but man, that paycheck was great!!