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Twelve Hour Shifts for Nurses

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Twelve Hour Shifts for Nurses

Twelve Hour Shifts for Nurses

By Elton Camp

To be asked to work twelve hours in a row
Seems to be an extremely hard way to go

Imagine doing any task for that long
How easy it’d be to do something wrong

If selling clothes I work long and late
A few errors we might then tolerate

After all, a striped tie with a plaid suit
Some folks might consider sorta cute

When, for twelve hours, a nurse strives
It could be a threat to the patients’ lives

Can she maintain the right frame of mind
And not come to patient needs to be blind

And on the nurse it is just far too hard
Shifts that long, I think, should be barred 

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  1. Date: 1/19/2013 11:30:00 AM
    Yes I know all about it .... I'm a nurse, I also - Have a lovely weekend. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 1/19/2013 10:37:00 AM
    I am a nurse, the occasional long shift is fine, but to be asked to permanently do 12 hour shifts isn't such a good idea. nice write...Seren

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    Date: 1/19/2013 10:45:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Right. As an occasional duty there should be no serious problem. On a regular basis it is harmful to patient and nurse welfare. (I taught Human A & P for decades in my college's school of nursing.) Elton