Twelve Hour Shifts for Nurses

Written by: Elton Camp

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