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

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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 last, either. Anyways, 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! When the hiring manager asked me if I would be willing to do that I said 'no'... 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, that this co is just looking to exploit people?

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    I'd need to know more.
    Is it benefitted? Are they paying you OT after 8?
    It's not uncommon to get offers of 16 hour shifts, just depends on what they offer you for reimbursement. It's not illegal if they pay accordingly. There's a Baylor program at some hospitals where you do 2 16 hr shifts every weekend, and are benefited full time. The Perks are only having to work 2 days a week. So it's not unheard of.
    I think the thing is though with it being every other weekend, your not getting enough hours. However, if its the only hit you have had, and you can handle it, as long as they pay you OT, it's better than nothing.
    besaangel and Pangea Reunited like this.
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    Assisted living is very different than a skilled care or hospital. For 16 hours it may be more of an "on call" type situation, they call you if they need you. But most assisted living has pretty spry residents who take care of themselves, or with some CNA assistance, however, it is comforting to have a nurse in house.

    I would ask what the job itself entails. You may find out of the 16 hours, not much is happening that you need to do.
    monkeybug and laborer like this.
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    I would have accepted the position even though not ideal and used my time off during the week to seek further employment. Some paycheck is better than none and it is easier to get a job when you have one.
    besaangel, Carrie RN, monkeybug, and 6 others like this.
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    This is not uncommon, among employers that utilize a weekend program to staff weekends.

    Would those be your only hours (32 hours/pay - part time)? If so - you'd have a part-time gig, every other weekend. And, as Esme pointed out -- a JOB, and EXPERIENCE, which you don't have now.
    Nola009 and JesusKeepMe like this.
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    If you must have a paycheck like yesterday, I would say take the position, but keep looking.
    Nola009 and Overland1 like this.
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    Every nursing job I have ever had required that I work every other weekend; very common around here. Some 12's, some 16's. I just plan my life knowing that every other weekend will be fully taken up by work.
    Nola009 likes this.
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    Every other weekend is pretty standard, and working 2 16 hour days isn't awful, would you be working the rest of the week? I used to do 3 PM - 7 AM twice a week and it was awesome having the other 5 days off.
    Nola009 likes this.
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    I think that this employer should offer you more information about your hours. When I was working full time in nursing, I was on what we called the "weekend option". I worked every weekend, 7a-7p and was paid full time for these two twelves. It wasn't fun working two twelves back to back, but it was nice to have 5 days off AND get paid for full time with full time benefits if you wanted them. The weekend option was a great deal, but that was back in the late 80s/early 90s and by the mid 90s it was gone. I'm wondering if this two doubles back to back is some sort of weekend option.

    After weekend option was done away with, I knew an RN who did two doubles on the weekends for many years. She lived an hour and a half from the hospital and would basically "move in" for the weekend. She slept in a patient room up on the ENT floor which was closed on the weekends. The unit clerk would call and wake her up an hour prior to her shift and she would go home Sunday night. She loved it because she and her husband also ran a farm. I loved it because I got great produce and fresh eggs! I couldn't have done it. For me there is a HUGE difference between working a 12 and a double. I don't think that I have worked a double since Reagan was in the White House....along with Nancy and psychic Jeanne Dixon at his side.
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    I'd take that job.

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