Are non-parent nurses discriminated against? - page 2

I am not a nurse, but thinking of becoming one. It is unlikely (but possible) that I will have children someday. I have heard that nursing offers great flexibility for people with children, and I... Read More

  1. by   shay
    The main difference I notice is that I get called a lot more to come in and cover for sick folks or when we're slammed. HOWEVER, I do it willingly for the simple fact that I DON'T have children and I KNOW it's a lot easier for me to do it...plus, the $$ is good and I always get a boost on my evaluation for being a 'team player' and being flexible.

    I think it works both ways. Yeah, the nurses w/kids get to leave when a crisis arises, but come on....IT'S A REAL CRISIS if it involves a kid and quite frankly, I would hope no one would begrudge them for leaving. I may not get to leave because kitty has a hairball, but believe me, my co-workers appreciate me and LET ME KNOW IT. Plus when my time comes and I actually DO have kids (many, many years from now...but we won't go there), I hope I'll get the same 'flexibility' if my baby is sick.

    Grace, to answer your questions re: holidays, at the hospitals where I worked it was never a factor if you had kids, it was rotation based. Vacation was first-come, first-serve basis. You sign up for it first, you get it. Or if you had something like non-refundable cruise tickets, you'd generally get it. Not having kids has never come into play. Hope this answers your question.
    Last edit by shay on May 22, '02
  2. by   ageless
    In my experience, the day off would go to the one who requested it first.

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