I have been watching the job market in northern California for the last couple of years. I am finally free to apply for jobs and to plan for my relocation. I have acute care experience in med/surg, so no new grad woes.
I am happy to see that there are more than just per diem positions available, but what is the thinking with all the part time jobs? It looks like there are more 8 hour x 4 shifts a week than I recall seeing before the economy tanked. Are more hospitals moving back to 8 hour shifts? Is it to avoid overtime? Are nurses actually picking up a 5th shift every other week or so anyway?
What I fear with 8 hour shifts is being asked to stay over and ending up working 16 hours. In an emergency it's one thing, to have it asked of staff regularly defeats the whole idea of 8 hours is safer than 12.
When I worked in California as an LVN in hospitals we worked 12 hour shifts, but they gave us something that said our wage would be averaged for all 12 hours. They paid us overtime for the 4 hours but they averaged it out somehow taking into account the time and half so the hourly wage you saw on the paycheck was less than the averaged amount they said they were hiring you at. Does that make any sense? So they would say you were getting $19.83 an hour but your hourly wage on the 12 hour shift was $17, because by the time they gave you over $25 for the last four hours it averaged out to $19.83.
Last edit by SunDazed on Jun 8, '12