No Dayshift until finished with 1 year probationary period is over...

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    Hello all.

    I got a position at the state psych facility on Night Shift, every other weekend. My goal was to go to day shift as soon as possible. I called today and asked about when I would be eligible to go to day shift and I was told I would have to complete my 1 year probationary period is over!

    Now I am debating on even starting the position or just keep looking? I know that if I find a day shift position I will quit this job in a heart beat! Should I justbegan and keep lookig or not even waste my or their times?

    Thanks!
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    It depends on the area you live in. If nursing jobs are hard to find I would begin since who knows how long it will take to find another job and at least you're gaining experience until something better comes along whether it's there or somewhere else.
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    You could start this job and look for another one. If you find another one, and the first place likes you, you may have some bargaining power and be able to switch to days sooner. On the other hand, they may not have any day positions open and taking off so soon could make you look like unattractive to other employers. Is this your very first nursing job?
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    Yes this will be my first nursing job.
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    Our school reiterated as new grads we should expect nights. With the market the way it is I think you are being picky. Take the job. If something else better comes up that's great, but as new grads we can't expect to get what we want. If something else doesn't come up, you have a job and we can do anything for a year.
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    Quote from pugmom79
    Our school reiterated as new grads we should expect nights. With the market the way it is I think you are being picky. Take the job. If something else better comes up that's great, but as new grads we can't expect to get what we want. If something else doesn't come up, you have a job and we can do anything for a year.
    I figured I am being a little picky. My only thing is that I have a 4 month old baby and in order to regulate my babysitting/ sleep schedule, Day Shift would work out better. IDK I guess the one year just seemed extreme.
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    They advertised a night shift position, and you applied for and were offered a night shift position. Is it any surprise that they don't want to switch you to days ASAP? State facilities tend to have long probationary periods because, in most states, becoming a permanent state employee (after successfully completing the probationary period) is a big deal -- it's like getting tenure, you basically can't lose your job unless you do something really, really bad, on purpose. And state agencies are typically considered very good, desirable employers.

    IMO, if you know you're going to screw them over the first chance you get (quit for another job), don't, as you put it, waste your time and theirs. There are lots of folks who would be v. happy to get that job, and would be happy to settle in and stay.
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    Quote from elkpark
    They advertised a night shift position, and you applied for and were offered a night shift position. Is it any surprise that they don't want to switch you to days ASAP? State facilities tend to have long probationary periods because, in most states, becoming a permanent state employee (after successfully completing the probationary period) is a big deal -- it's like getting tenure, you basically can't lose your job unless you do something really, really bad, on purpose. And state agencies are typically considered very good, desirable employers.

    IMO, if you know you're going to screw them over the first chance you get (quit for another job), don't, as you put it, waste your time and theirs. There are lots of folks who would be v. happy to get that job, and would be happy to settle in and stay.
    Great advice. I start in a couple weeks. If I cant find anything else in that amount of time, I will start and stay there for the minimum 6 months and if I feel I need to start looking again I will. Today, I have another interview with another state facility so hopefully I will be able to find a more desirable position, before I start.

    Thank you again!
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    Update: I was offered one of the Day Shift positions at the State Psych Facilities and will be working Days now!! Thank you everyone for your advice.


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