Constantly stuck staying late!

  1. I signed a salary contract, 8-5, I come in at 7:20 so I can have 20 minutes uninterrupted so I can do paperwork, but then I get stuck staying so late at night to finish with doctors and finish my work. All the other nurses leave at 4:45 and I always end up getting stuck staying late. I worked less hours for more pay when I was doing 3 12 hour shifts and i am basically doing 12 hour shifts now! They act like since the other nurses are not salary that I am always expected to stay late and never them (I get that staying late is gonna happen sometime but it is always and I really resent getting crapped on and forced to stay late every night it seems, for very little less pay, as well as working through lunches and no breaks). I work harder than the other nurses and I feel like I just keep getting dumped on. My manager basically says I have to stay because that's the rules (although that wasn't in my contract) and I am sick of it. I am about to quit just based on how they are treating me. Any advice on how to approach this? I know my attitude is bad about this but I'm stressed out and very upset about being treated like this. I have no free time and no time at home or for anything but my job and I get zero perks, zero respect, and constantly treated crappy.
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    RN; from US
    Specialty: 5 year(s) of experience in Oncology


  3. by   lovinlife11
    Yikes, doesn't sound like an ideal situation. I would voice your concerns and if they are not met with positive resolution I would jump ship, life's too short to be overworked and underpaid. Good luck to you!
  4. by   JZ_RN
    Let's put it this way, I made more money (takehome) per hour as a CNA than I am making now.
  5. by   JZ_RN
    I like my job and I don't want to just jump ship but does anyone have a tactful way to bring this up to my bosses? I just want pay to compensate for how much and how hard I work or a reduction in my hours (maybe 4 10 hour shifts a week since my contract only accounted for 40 hours a week and I'm ending up working 50 and getting treated badly to boot when I voice my desire to go home on time (or early) like everyone else.
  6. by   newrnltc
    hey jzrn! i think you and i left ltc and started in out pt about the same time. i too am salaried, go in a little early and stay late sometimes (that is just our good work ethic . anyway, in addition to nursing duties i also take care of administrative aspects of the clinic including scheduling and keeping track of hourly employees hours. i implemented a simple sign in/sign off app with google drive and calculate everyone hours that way. even though i'm salaried, i also calculate my own hours to have on record. as with all aspects of nursing, documentation is important. it would be helpful to show your boss hey these are the hours that i have been working and these are the hours i have been paid for. perhaps putting it all on paper would give them a different perspective. you could try negotiating for less hours or more compensation. noone likes to feel unappreciated so hopefully bringing this to their attention will lead to an improvement in your situation. that being said, i noted that your take home per hour is less than a cna. my boss compensates me the standard rn salary even though we are out patient. working in clinic doesn't mean you have to take an insane pay cut. to paraphrase another nurse i read in this forum "my boss has been in the biz long enough to know what it was like before me and what i bring to the table". good luck