Thanks for the replies. Wether or not I get the time off I desire for my board exam, they are scheduled and approaching. In reply to your posts, I was not hired full time, I was hired as a part time employee, on a contract signed as a GN. I did not take a full time position that I couldn't commit to. I took a job part time that allowed my to study, unknowingly that I would work full time during orientation, although now I know this is standard, since I have never worked a part time postion before. This contract required a written study plan, signed by my boss, recruiter and HR. Failure to follow this contract resulted in termination. Minimum study hours on the agreement were 15 hours a week. Obviously no one would know if you weren't keeping those hours but the whole point is where is that possible time to study?? We all find some time and squeeze it in. For sure 15 hours isn't happening but why force a contract that is difficult to acheive. I most certainly did negotiate time off for my boards as I said previously. THis was "Fine with me" from the manager during the interview. I made the mistake not to thave that in writing but , when during an interview I wasn't thinking in those terms. I truly had no idea when I would start this position, the interview and follow up interviews were during the holidays, so many issues are up in the air as many are out of the office. I recieved a call asking if I could start the nect day and was then given my full time schedule for the next month.
Irregardless, my test is coming and I will do fine. I still feel as I did before. I think that the facility I work for is always sending out questionaires to students on why they are not seeking employment where they do their cllincal rotations at, and I think this is part of the factor, among many others. I know as a manager that the success and satisfaction of my new employees retains them, period. A couple of shifts off is minimal and it projects an image of intrest to the employee. It is my opinion- new graduates need time to study and develop their skills, they can exist together.
Agfter reading my original post I think sounded "whiny" which was not my intent. I was more fustrated with being so exhausted after working all week. I am long time ER nurse, endurance I have, tolerating stress I can do. But for some reason this new job is just wiping me out at the end of each day. This just made me feel anxious more than anything. Thanks for posting.