Ughhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!

  1. I take my boards in three weeks and asked well in advance for 3 days off including the of my test, however, my place of employment absolutely refuses to give it to me. "Only the day of the test" and even went so far as to schedule me for a 3-11 shift the night before. I am so frustrated. 4 other orientees asked for time off for various things, (wedding, graduation party, trip, etc.) all got the requested time off without any problem whatsoever. I ask and they act like I am requesting one of their kidneys. I have never asked for so much as an hour off, when they switched my schedule at the last minute (three times) never heard any complaint out of me. I felt that because I had been flexible that they would return the favor, especially for something so important. They made sure to 'warn' me that if I call in sick the night before my exam that I am still on probation and will be terminated. How cruel, or am I overreacting?
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   Gator,SN
    Huggietoes, I am not an authority on these things, and reading your post, I feel your pain, so my suggestion would be to go to the Nursing Manager and ask again.
    Is it possible to have someone else switch shifts with you for those few days??
    If not, then they are making it impossible for you to get what you need. If you are tired, stressed, etc when you take the test then you may not do as well, and you have worked too hard and owe it to yourself to do what is best for you!

    Do you really want to work for a employer that already shows you that they care nothing for your needs?

    Point out all that you have said here and stay firm......

    I wish you the best of luck with this and the exam!



    Gator
  4. by   Mattigan
    It serves their best interests for you to do well on NCLEX as well as yours. Speaking as a Nurse Manager, a responsible and caring NM would see that you had the evening/ night before and the day of the test off at least even if the NM was doing the shifts. If you have to travel far to the test site maybe more.
  5. by   2MagnoliaTrees
    I would seek legal advice. Seems like harassment to me. Do you really want to work for people like that anyway? Best to you on your boards.
  6. by   biscuit_007
    There are to many Nursing jobs in this world to have to put up with this kind of stuff. Find a position working for someone that appreciates having you as an employee.
  7. by   Mkue
    huggietoes, i really don't think you are being treated fairly at your workplace.



    i think your time off is a very good excuse.

    good luck on your boards

    marie:hatparty:
  8. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    I will echo the sentiments of the other posters, because I feel very strongly that they were correct. You do not want to be employed by someone that already shows this much of a lack of concern about you.

    I guess what it comes down to is, how badly do you need this job?

    Good luck on the boards!

    Heather
  9. by   meownsmile
    I agree with the others. When i took my NCLEX they only wanted to give me 8 hours(paid). Everyone else i was in school with were getting 3 days paid to take NCLEX. Well i didnt get all that, but they let me arrange my schedule those days the way i preferred because i was still on orientation. I did 3-7 the evening before,, took the day of off,, and went back the next day at 11pm for the night shift. I dropped the pay, but i still got the time off.

    Try not to let them stress you out about time off . If you are still on orientation, which you should be still since you havent gotten your license yet,, tell them what you will need off for your boards and let the chips fall where they may. Dont let them make you fight for the time you need.

    It's your test and you are the one having to pass it. I dont think i would do that 3-11 shift the night before either. Take the evening to relax,, be with your family,, and get to bed early.
  10. by   sharann
    If these fools cannot give you a few days off for something this important, I guess they must have an overabundance of nurses in their facility(sarcastic tone of voice). How about finding a place more nurse friendly? I'm sure the nursing shortage is affecting some other hospital near you?
    Good luck on your test!! They seem like they are threatning you over there. Lose em.
  11. by   fergus51
    This is the test. I would think that if you don't do anything now, the balance of power is pretty clearly divided....Do you want to keep working there like that?
  12. by   canoehead
    Give them written notice that you will not be available for the days you want off, let them schedule whatever they like. This is a horrible way to start off on a new job, and it seems like some discussion with your coworkers is in order to find out if you are going to go through this much stress with every schedule they put out. The job might not be worth it.

    And good luck on your boards. FYI if the next interviewer asks why you left your last job "they wouldn't give me time off to take my boards" seems like the best reason for quitting you could give. And shows you've got balls.
  13. by   shay
    Originally posted by OBNURSEHEATHER
    I will echo the sentiments of the other posters, because I feel very strongly that they were correct. You do not want to be employed by someone that already shows this much of a lack of concern about you.
    YEP. I think the same thing......I'd leave and take less pay elsewhere if it meant being happy.
  14. by   dianthe1013
    Originally posted by canoehead
    ...if the next interviewer asks why you left your last job "they wouldn't give me time off to take my boards" seems like the best reason for quitting you could give. And shows you've got balls.
    Amen. This is only your professional life here. Don't they care if you pass or not?

    Donna

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