Asked to work every other weekend, 16 hr. shifts!? - page 2

by Nola009

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I'm a newly graduated ADN RN. I have been on the hunt for a job for awhile and haven't found anything too great coming my way yet. So I applied at places that are definitely not my 1st choice as far as facilities go, but not my... Read More


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    @ HazelLPN: I agree with you... 12s, I could do w/o any problem. That extra 4 hrs. takes up every waking hour in my world and I seriously doubt that I would be able to wind down immediately after getting off of work! I was shocked that she even asked, I started out by saying 'uh, NO' (I know it wouldn't work for me) but decided to go to the interview bc she said she will try & work the schedule out another way...
    I have no problem w/ weekends either, it's the 16s that I couldn't see myself comitting to
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    This is an older thread....
    And I am older and now more experienced...I also worked many many hours- my 12 hour shift routinely was 12-16-18 hours.
    It has been proven that any hours you work that is more than 10....subject you to making mistakes! It was well know when I worked and has not changed.
    If you do this you are subjecting yourself to potential lawsuits for making mistakes. Also,, as an older/wiser person,, I do not want to potentially harm a person.
    Live and learn! Some things only become clearer with age....
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    Quote from Nola009
    I'm a newly graduated ADN RN... I just got this call from a local Assisted Living Facility asking me if I would be interested in working every other weekend, 16 HRS per day!
    Yay!! A job offer!!
    When the hiring manager asked me if I would be willing to do that I said 'no'...
    uh oh...
    then she said 'well, I can look at our schedule and see if we can change some things around'. Would you take this as a bad sign
    Houston, we have a problem. Yes, this is a terribly ominous sign... for you, that is... somebody else will be delighted to get the job, though.
    that this co is just looking to exploit people?
    Exploitation? If you're getting paid competitive wages then you're not being exploited by being asked to work a 16-hr shift.

    My approach to launching my nursing career was to take the very first job offer that came, no matter what. I did and, after 3 years, ended up where I wanted to be.

    Beggars can't be choosers...
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    here when people work 2 16 hour shifts back to back on the weekends, it's usually considered full time and you get the pay and benefits as such. I'd ask if you would be considered FT or PT and would probably take it. Gives you 5 days a week to still look for something else.

    ETA: I will say that a lot of facilities here are shying away from the doubles though just because there is so much overwhelming research that it increases the amt of errors made when you work for that long. My old job wouldn't even schedule people like that because they said it was hazardous. If you really don't feel comfortable working those hours d/t safety concerns, then you shouldn't. Afterall, it IS your license on the line. Some people may judge you for it but do what you feel is best for your own career. And I agree that working a double just feels a lot different than from when you work a 12.
    Last edit by RNlove17 on Nov 14, '13
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    I worked 16 hour weekends years ago. It wasn't that bad. I would caution you about assisted living being an easy job. For a brief time I worked in one and there was tube feeding, PICC lines, hospice patients, and brittle diabetics. Way too much for the unlicensed staff to handle. A facility can admit very complex people...all on your license. Later I found out that facility had 13 nurses leave in the prior year.
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    Quote from Carrie RN
    I worked 16 hour weekends years ago. It wasn't that bad. I would caution you about assisted living being an easy job. For a brief time I worked in one and there was tube feeding, PICC lines, hospice patients, and brittle diabetics. Way too much for the unlicensed staff to handle. A facility can admit very complex people...all on your license. Later I found out that facility had 13 nurses leave in the prior year.
    Was it a Brookdale Assisted Living Facility? That is the company who hired me and they want me to handle floor staff disputes / complaints on top of every thing else. They originally asked me to work 16 hr. shifts and now have suddenly said 'ok, you can work 8'. Idk if I can trust this place tbh
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    It was not that company. Still, first day take time to figure out the residents and complex needs. Get home health and hospice in right away for cases that qualify. I am an experienced nurse and I had my hands full. That being said it can be a great facility if they allow you to make it so.


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