Our hospital just quietly transitioned to a new policy, wherein 0.9 FTE nurses (3 12 hour shifts) are not
considered full-time. They reassure us that this policy only affects new nurses, and old 0.9ers will be grandfathered into full time.
Of course, some of us just recently moved to 1.0 status because they asked us to
, so we're not happy that we can never go back to 0.9 without paying sky-high part-time insurance premiums!
Has anyone else heard of this? They're insisting that the "0.9 = full time" thing was an incentive
to attract nurses in a shortage. I think they're just lying. I thought the whole idea was that employers
wanted nurses to go to 12 hour shifts (which nurses wanted as well) because it's financially better for the company, but the only way they could convince anyone to do that was to make three 12's count as full time.
I think the take-home message here is "It's a bad economy, you're not going to find a job anywhere else, so eat it."
Anyone else's thoughts? What's the history of this?