Whats the longest you have ever been at work?

  1. OK, so the "what's the longerst you've ever been awake" thread inspired this one. What is the longest that you have ever been at work? For me? 36 hours thank you very much. 36 hours of pure torture. One disaster after another after another after another. Crash c-section marathon weekend!!!!!!
  2. 32 Comments

  3. by   renerian
    16 hours and I was brain dead.........I would not have been able to do 36 without falling asleep..........zzzzzzzzzzzzz

  4. by   deespoohbear
    16 hours for me too. 36 hours and I would need a bed because I wouldn't be able to stand, much less function as a nurse.....
  5. by   BadBird
    36 hrs with breaks for sleeping inbetween, it was during a hurricaine in Florida. What a mash unit we had, the local nursing homes dumped the patients in our hospital, cots lined the hallways, people everywhere. Thank God I was young and energetic then.
  6. by   WalMart_ADN
    16 hours.....2 days off of orientation....i was afraid to say no!!
  7. by   JonRN
    48 hrs during the blizzard of '78, but was able to catch a nap now and then in the dialysis pts recliners. They gave us a little pin that said "Blizzard Wizard" and a 50 buck bonus. I still have my pin.
  8. by   sanakruz
    36 hours. 24 hours on crisis call then my reg 8 hour shift. The money is just not worth it...
  9. by   hapeewendy
    20 hours
    just last week
    mind you 6 of it was meetings etc
    but still
    my brain was FRIED
    working on the unit, the longest shift was a 16 hour shift ,and it was brutal
    wont do it again
    I have my sanity to maintain.....or DO I?
  10. by   Little One2
    I did a couple of doubles once or twice. So the longest time spent on the floor was 16 hours.

    I wouldn't what to repeat that again.
  11. by   RNonsense
    24hrs...our shifts are 12hrs and we were jammed during a snowstorm.
  12. by   spineCNOR
    Several years ago I was at work 36 hours during a snowstorm - this was in Alabama where a good snow shuts the whole city down. Just me and one nursing assistant for Labor & Delivery. Everytime I tried to lie down to get some sleep--quess what--a labor patient would come in! I was a total zombie when more staff finally came in.
    What really hurt was that none of this qualified for overtime since I also had some vacation time that week!
  13. by   micro
    26 hours(straight).....but that was a few years ago.........

    it is not safe nursing.......

    nor driving away from work............
  14. by   MissdonditaBsn
    I spent an entire weekend working once (or at least if felt like it).
    I was made to stay over for 4 but my replacement didn't show up until 0030. By time I finished giving her report it was after 0100
    (I had been there since 0700). Asked for the next day off, was told no. Needed the job so I didn't refuse. I slept at the hospital and started working again at 0700. I worked 12 that day and they actually talked about having to mandatory me over. I absolutely refused to stay. so that works out to 30 hours out of 36.