What are your opinions on only working weekends?

  1. [font=courier new]for awhile, i had a part time gig, working only weekends in a nursing home. honestly, i hated it. however, i am, at present, considering applying for a job that is part-time, working only weekends in a hospital. i worry that i wouldn't get as much "practice" as a cna as the other cna's get, but my full time job m-f, carries our family's health insurance, and my husband works the opposite shift as i, with daycare costing what it does, there'd be no way we could afford child care.
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    [font=courier new]anywho - does anyone else work strictly weekends? what do you like? what do you dislike? i look forward to hearing from you!
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  3. by   steelcityrn
    Being part-time should not be so bad. It will be nice to be home during the week since you have children. Usually the money is better. You would not have to do it forever, if your not happy about the shift, you can probably bid on another job after 6mo, or whatever their policy is.
  4. by   MIM_RN
    i work weekends only while going to school and i love it. (i work on a mother-baby unit.) i love the fact that there aren't a lot of management and dr's around, so it creates a more relaxed atmosphere. i can't wait until i graduate and will, hopefully, be able to get a power weekend-type position.
  5. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from bleez80
    [font=courier new]anywho - does anyone else work strictly weekends? what do you like? what do you dislike? i look forward to hearing from you!
    i work full-time weekends at a nursing home (16 hours on saturday, 16 hours on sunday). i like having 5 days off in a row, getting paid for 40 hours, and receiving benefits. i dislike the fact that my shifts are so lengthy. also, my 5 days off seem to fly by so quickly, and then it is back to work for another weekend!
  6. by   SKM-NURSIEPOOH
    i've done it in the past & at the time, didn't mind it one bit. i actually rather work every weekend than to work that ole every other weekend bit where you get a day off before & after the weekend worked. i absolutely hate that! lol!

    also, as a nurse working weekends, you could do a baylor type program where you work 24 for 40 hrs, work 36 hrs (fri/sat/sun or sat/sun/mon) for 40, or just work part-time agency hrs (which is the most flexible because you can pick 'n choose the hr you want to work). the down side of agency is that you could get canceled; but that doesn't happen too much with rns (cancellation seem to occur more with lpns/lvns & cnas scheduled in ltc).

    hope this helps ~ good luck :wavy: !

    cheers ,
    moe
  7. by   pagandeva2000
    First, I think you need to see if you can handle working 7 days per week, because essentially, this is what you will be doing. But, I believe that you will get the experience you need, and it will become more routine as time goes on. I do understand needing benefits as well as gaining experience in what you trained to do. Good luck!
  8. by   JaredCNA
    Quote from bleez80
    [font=courier new]for awhile, i had a part time gig, working only weekends in a nursing home. honestly, i hated it. however, i am, at present, considering applying for a job that is part-time, working only weekends in a hospital. i worry that i wouldn't get as much "practice" as a cna as the other cna's get, but my full time job m-f, carries our family's health insurance, and my husband works the opposite shift as i, with daycare costing what it does, there'd be no way we could afford child care.

    [font=courier new]anywho - does anyone else work strictly weekends? what do you like? what do you dislike? i look forward to hearing from you!
    on the contrary, you might get more practice working weekends than during the week at a hospital because weekends are usually short-staffed (don't let this discourage you, it's all shifts, even during the week) and you find yourself doing a lot more and having to really, really think about what you need to go do next. well, at least i do, you know, when you have 12 things to do.

    i would like to work 12's on friday, saturday, and sunday...it would make it a lot easier with me going to school and all, but the facility i work at doesn't let cna's do twelves because there are issues with adequate coverage.
  9. by   aerorunner80
    I don't work strictly weekends but I have worked many times, both Saturday and Sunday. What I like about the weekends is management is not there so the whole place is more relaxed. Less doctors come in and all. On Saturdays we usually see more families. On Sundays the place may as well be desolate. Hardly any doctors and not as many families as on Saturdays.

    Sundays are my favorite days to work.

    Oh yeah,the other benefit is that most other hospital employees are off that day so you have your choice of parking and traffic is way less on the weekends than during the week.
  10. by   JaredCNA
    Quote from aerorunner80
    I don't work strictly weekends but I have worked many times, both Saturday and Sunday. What I like about the weekends is management is not there so the whole place is more relaxed. Less doctors come in and all. On Saturdays we usually see more families. On Sundays the place may as well be desolate. Hardly any doctors and not as many families as on Saturdays.

    Sundays are my favorite days to work.

    Oh yeah,the other benefit is that most other hospital employees are off that day so you have your choice of parking and traffic is way less on the weekends than during the week.
    I concur.

    I work every other weekend and these are definitely good points.

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