What's the longest you've ever worked at one time?

  1. OK we're getting a whole lotta snow tonight, tomorrow and maybe into Tuesday. I've got to go to work tonight and I'm thinking I'll pack my suitcase because I probably won't be home 'til Tuesday afternoon! I hear possibly two feet of snow. Let's see...OT last night, double pay tonight for Monday (President's Day), time and a half for working day shift on the holiday, (no double pay...damn) time and a half for working evening shift on the holiday. If no one shows up, we can't leave, so we work. I wonder if we get to sleep at all somewhere in there? I really don't think we are allowed to work three shifts in a row, but if no one shows up, what do you do? Somebody has to work.
    What's the longest you've ever worked because of snow or some other major disaster? The check'll look real good, but I'll look and feel like hell !!! Oh, I can hardly wait...:stone
  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   Q.
    The longest I've worked for something like that is 18 hours. I did a 12 hour night shift, got mandated for 4 hours of day shift, (so they could have more time to get in) and had a crash section (hence the additional 2 hours).
    Of course I had to work another 12 that night.
  4. by   hapeewendy
    20 hours, and I'll never do it again EVER
    regardless of any natural disaster
    sounds selfish , but that shift WRECKED ME
    its inevitable , you agree to stay on for a few hours OT, no big whoop, the team is happy to have you stay , so you stay for ur four hours, and then of course, disaster strikes you, your patient codes or something else happens, and yer there forever...
    I'm the sort of gal who needs sleep...some ppl only need 4-5 hours and theyre a-okay , well I need a minimum of 8 to function properly....
  5. by   night owl
    I hear you Wendy and wondering, "Huh, do I get to sleep sometime in between all of this...maybe???" I have to get at least 4 hrs after working 16 straight so I can work another 8hrs. Then I get to drive 1 hour to get home...maybe 2 with the weather! God help us tonight! Of course I could suddenly become violently ill, but then I might get that "guilt trip"...You shoulda went to work....you shoulda went to work....you shoulda, you shoulda, YOU SHOULDA!!!!!!! I hate when that happens.
  6. by   cbs3143
    I did a 12 hour shift, 0700-1930 Saturday, and then because someone called in sick, stayed on until 0600 Sunday morning. That could be one of the reasons that I don't work ER anymore.

  7. by   meandragonbrett
    I worked 62 out of 72 hours during valentine's day. I work at a flowershop and we'd all take 30-40min cat naps in the office. It was terrible. I am GLAD valentine's day is over!

  8. by   suzannasue
    Back in my wicked youth and with all the naivete involved, I worked 24 hours straight due to snow...had only a few patients but some of the doctors moved their families into the unit...and we also housed dietary during the inclimate weather...a few of those mentioned thought they were in the HILTON and would actually use the call bell with requests/demands...gave me GREAT pleasure to tell them we were there, working,not to be their handmaidens...sheesh...now I know better and if I have to stay over, I had better have a place to crash...the down side of that is the constant overhead paging during my sleep time...
    Now, May I pose a question to you all?
    Have you ever been "threatened" by administration when the weather service is calling for severe storms/snow/ice/hurricanes/tornadoes? I have grown so weary of the same old crap coming from their lips..."there will be severe consequences if you are unable to report for your shift" ... I wish I had a nickel for every time I have heard them squeal like pigs when the weather is horrid. Seems a bit odd that administration can camp out in their offices to assure " operations run smoothly" but are completely blind to the issues involved with patient safety
    and staff fatigue. All they have to do is "declare a disaster" and we can be mandated to stay beyond our shifts...unsafe as it may be for those who are in our care...
    Peace to all...
  9. by   oramar
    suzzannasue, I can't believe my eyes, the doctors families rang the call bell and ordered you about like they were guest in some old English manor and you were servants!!! They must of thought they were in an episode of Upstairs, Downstairs.
  10. by   Sleepyeyes
    In our area, we have to show for hurricanes. We're allowed to sleep and we get paid for it. From what I've heard, the nurses cover for each other to do this. Seems like the most sensible way to handle it...
  11. by   emily_mom
    21 hours but it wasn't in nursing.
  12. by   SmilingBluEyes
    16 hours. twice exactly. never again if I can help it. TOO damn dangerous.
  13. by   night owl
    The snow came and left and I'll never be the same again. I worked 16 hours then they made us take a four hour nap which I could only sleep for one and then worked another 12 hours. I came home and slept for 5 hours woke up and then slept for 3more hours. When I got OOB, I almost fell to the floor...my feet are screaming, my legs are throbbing, my hip joints need WD-40! Will I ever do this again? NEVER! The guilt trip will not even make me do this ever again. This kind of stuff is for the younger nurses...believe me. I can't wait to get paid! And I'm sure they'll screw-up the pay, then I'll have to fight for what they owe me!
    Now I have to get ready to go back...I'm not off until Saturday and it's only Tuesday. {{{{Ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh}}}}
  14. by   alwaysthere
    LOL I symathise night owl.....
    Did 20 hrs stretches for the snow.....never again
    because you see.....
    my body will never speak to me again.....and that blasted disc in my back had a heyday!