Don't you just hate it when you are scheduled to work on a holiday? - page 3

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Memorial Day holiday weekend is right around the corner. Who's working the weekend? How about Memorial Day? Don't you just hate it when you are scheduled to work on a holiday? Congratulations to Murse520 for... Read More


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    I have worked every other holiday for the last 35 yrs. You could say I'm use to it by now.
    When my kids were little, they knew that on Christmas Santa would come when mom said he would. They grew up knowing that mom worked every other holiday and that was the way it was. Now my grandson will be living the same schedule until grandma can retuire. In my family, there a four of us that work in health care and 1 that works for an airline, scheduling holidays can be rough.
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    I actually don't mind at all!

    First of all, holidays are quieter on the unit as things don't move around too much, few scheduled surgeries if any, no management around (best of all!).

    Secondly, time and a half pay! love that. I prefer to work on holidays, as it makes sense financially. I have to work a certain number of 12 hour shifts anyway, so why not just knock one off at a higher paid rate?

    I guess my opinion is skewed though because most of the major legal holidays in the US are Christian holidays and I'm not Christian, so it works out best for me to work say xmas and have a long stretch of days off for my holidays.

    In any case, nursing is not a monday to friday, 9 to 5 job so complaining about having to work weekends and holidays is useless in my opinion. That's just part of the deal of working a great profession, good pay, few actual days at work, awesome career and educational growth opportunities, etc.

    Now, if what you want is a m to f, 9 to 5 job then job hunt for that specifically. Plenty of office nursing jobs around. But don't be annoying if you know what you signed up for (that's really just a comment to my colleagues who complain all the time about their schedules). I mean, we work 12 or 13 days out of the month! Deal with it.
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    At my job, nurses work every other holiday and it works out that it rotates each year. I am working Memorial Day. I don't mind working Memorial Day and Labor Day since I never have any special plans on those days anyway. I actually try to pick up a shift on those days the years it is my holiday off since I always work Mondays anyway and it's time and a half pay. Of course I would love to always have off Thanksgiving and Christmas, but if I have to work, we will just celebrate on a different day or plan our celebration about my work schedule.
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    Some hospitals are not paying holiday pay anymore!
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    Because I am permanent weekend worker, I have had to work the last 7 Christmas's, Boxing Day (Canadian thing), and New Years.

    I didn't mind so much at first. But now it's getting to me that because of the time and a half pay for those 3 days. I make LESS money than I would on just a regular paycheck. ALL the extra money and then some goes for taxes. Double punch in the gut....work every holiday and makes less money to boot!

    I also asked for it off last year so I could go south and see my grandchildren and children. Denied. Okay, I get it. But WHY this year give me December 24th (Saturday) off, when I didn't ask for it???

    Tired, tired, of the whole thing. I really feel that Nurses are treated poorly.

    Only two more weekends left and I am going casual.
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    I look back at all the Christmas's and holiday's that were moved to a different day to celebrate during my nursing career and I laugh that I ever complained. I joined the military and now not only do I work the holidays, I miss months of time with my family. It's just a date. Celebrate whenever you can and be grateful that you can. Be glad that you're employed - as opposed to deployed.
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    Quote from midinphx
    I look back at all the Christmas's and holiday's that were moved to a different day to celebrate during my nursing career and I laugh that I ever complained. I joined the military and now not only do I work the holidays, I miss months of time with my family. It's just a date. Celebrate whenever you can and be grateful that you can. Be glad that you're employed - as opposed to deployed.
    Yes that is true. But when you have an employer that says no one can take off, vacation etc. From June 15 to January 3rd. Then, yes, you can celebrate Christmas the first of December or the middle of January. True.

    When you ask 7 months ahead of time to have a weekend off in July for your son's wedding and turned down, why yes, I'm sure he should consult with my employer when a better time to have his wedding besides prime time from which is June 15 to September 15.

    And the best thing of all is writing the e-mail, "Saying I'm outa here, Bye Bye" Let someone else have the chance and opportunity to work every weekend, every holiday, night shift, short staffed, no equipment, no vacations. I'm willing to step down and give someone else the job and let them have this wonderful opportunity of nursing.
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    I forgot there has been plenty of Christmas holidays moved. Both Grandfathers....German and Japanese campaign, Father died while in Army, Husband's barracks missed the scud in Riyadh, brother-in-law still a bit twitchy after Vietnam, lovely Navy man adopted me made it back safe from Viet Nam, son-in-law from Iraq too, not too happy about the broke back and nerve damage from my other son's stent in Korea. Yes we know all about moving holidays around.
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    I just happened to have Memorial Day off this year. I usually work almost all of the holidays so I was surprised I get one off.
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    We don't get holiday pay...not even Christmas. : ( Otherwise I would work everyone.


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