I am the only full time night nurse on our unit, therefore I get many calls from the supervisor....asking if I can come in extra because they are short, too busy, or someone has called in sick. I actually just got one of these calls lastnight..uggghh. They called at 9:30pm and wanted me to be there at 11pm. Granted...i would make time and a half..which is nice..BUT...I already work every other weekend and like my weekend off to really be my weekend off...u know? If I can know far enough ahead of time....I'll go....but like lastnight...I had gotten up early yesterday morning...was busy all day...and was actually ready to go to bed when they called...so I said no. I guess I should just go because when I say no...I spend the next few hours feeling guilty for not going in. How do you guys feel about this and do you usually go? We have some nurses that always, always come in extra and then there are a few nurses...like myself I guess....that cherish their days off away from work and very seldom come in extra....(but then feel guilty about it
) Just curious on what everyone does at their facility... Thanks
Nov 14, '05
This is a major reason nurses burn out..working too many hours because of pressure from above. I work rehab/LTC...ADON will come and say "You want to work extra sunday?" I'd say I'm not sure what's planned, I'll call my husband. She'll say "I need an answer NOW!" My response? "I'm sorry, I can't help you out" Since I work 3-11, weekends are the only time we have as a family. Husband is asleep when I get home, I'm asleep when he leaves for work.
I WILL help out where I am able, but dang it all, I don't see ADONs and DONs pulling any floor time. Lead by example, people! I think if we saw our nurse managers/adons/dons pulling more weight, it would make an impression.
I get the "why were you here until 0200? *I* used to work the floor and was out on time every night". Well, when YOU worked the floor, one hall was medicare <not both> and there were 2 nurses for the medicare hall, and one for the LTC. Now, there are 2 nurses for the whole unit
oops, I'm venting...apologies
Anyway..the only number my facility has for me is my cell phone, for several reasons. 1) my kids are not always reliable at passing on messages even WITH an answering machine 2) caller ID 3) voice mail. The ringer is turned off when I am asleep due to the fact that those who work days think those who don't (work days)sleep at the same times day shift people do. c'mom people, I dont get HOME until 0100 or later. I get the message, decide if I can or can not work extra, and call them back.
DO NOT be "guilted" into doing something tyou don't want to do. Guilt is what you have when you've done something wrong. Refusing to work extra and putting your health at risk is NOT WRONG!
Last edit by joyflnoyz on Nov 14, '05