Nurses working overtime - page 4

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It seems nurses are working more and more these days. Instead of hiring they just give you more hours. Do you think you spend too much time at work? On average, how many hours do you work per week? Please share this... Read More


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    many years ago I lived near a hospital where nurses were bringing RV's to work and parking them, with permission, in the back parking lot. It all came to a screeching halt when someone reported they were prostituting as well. Talk about taking care of family needs!
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    Quote from classicdame
    many years ago I lived near a hospital where nurses were bringing RV's to work and parking them, with permission, in the back parking lot. It all came to a screeching halt when someone reported they were prostituting as well. Talk about taking care of family needs!
    *** I woulnd't be surpuised if that was true. My wife is a social worker and has many prostitutes and strippers as clients. An amazing number express a desire to become RNs and quite a few claim to be in school for nursing.
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    I have come to the realization that in nursing. Nobody appreciates you working overtime. They appreciate perfection in your work product. They will not think back when you make a mistake and say "this nurse always jumped in to cover a shift or work a double when we were short, never said no, did 5 doubles in a month, did this stuff as a new/novice nurse, was a superhero and mentor to new nurses, etc". Managers don't remember how fatigue impacts a nurse's performance and efficiency. So as thanks for your contributions, you'll end up getting hounded about overtime, written up like anyone else for a med error (as it should be), and possibly fall out of favor and be (wrongly) cast as a bad nurse- when in reality you are simply burned out or fatigued. They may decide to get rid of you rather than let you take some time off. If you can work all those shifts and be a perfect nurse, than more power to you! I found out that it's not worth the impact it can have on patient care and possibly one's job security. Just do your job and do it well especially in an environment that has been really fast-paced and crazy lately like my area. For me, one extra shift per month is about all I want to do, and no doubles for now. Once I have more experience I might do more, maybe even a couple months from now. But right now, I'm focusing on providing top-quality nursing care.
    Last edit by mmm333 on Jun 5, '12
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    a this level yesterday i worked a whole shift overtime, in most facilities unlike staff nurses, upper management gets paid a set salary therefore, is up to you to schedule yourself in accordance with your workload. needless to say, this will allow me an extra day off sometime in the near future
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    Quote from classicdame
    many years ago I lived near a hospital where nurses were bringing RV's to work and parking them, with permission, in the back parking lot. It all came to a screeching halt when someone reported they were prostituting as well. Talk about taking care of family needs!
    These days they'd probably promote you if they found out you were prostituting, as you're apparently willing to do whatever it takes for customer service scores!
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    I'm reading these posts... To the one that is working in ER playing on the computer....I wouldn't say that in a public forum
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    Ok .......sooooo....this just shows us that I think that hospitals are under staffed...and it is time to bring in new grads! I think new grads are definitely under estimated . We haven't had time to create any " bad habits". Our knowledge is fresh out of school...and we have motivation to learn, and the drive to get started . It's sad to me that it is so tough to get out there for us!
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    Quote from RNonelove
    Ok .......sooooo....this just shows us that I think that hospitals are under staffed...and it is time to bring in new grads! I think new grads are definitely under estimated . We haven't had time to create any " bad habits". Our knowledge is fresh out of school...and we have motivation to learn, and the drive to get started . It's sad to me that it is so tough to get out there for us!
    *** My hospital is understaffed. I would love to see a bunch of bright eyed, ready to learn new grads hired. However it is expensive to train them, much more so now than in the past. I would also like to see nursing students demand a better nursing education from their nursing school. That would reduce the cost of training them. I don't know if it would mean more would get hired but it wouldn't hurt.
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