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I would appreciate if the board could help answer some questions surrounding nurses work schedules and if benefit related issues may or may not influence scheduling behavior pertaining to hours worked?
From the forums I have learned and gathered information that stems from operational issues affecting nurse turnover and overall job satisfaction, however I am not on the operational side of the spectrum and trying to understand the relationship of benefits, schedules, and job satisfaction as it relates to nurse retention and turnover.
Thanks in advance
- If full benefits were available for nurses working a minimum of 24 hours would that be an attraction for you, and if so, would you work only the minimum or would you remain working a typical 36 hours or 3-12's?
- How many of you work for at least two hospitals? If so, what are the major reasons for working for another hospital verses the additional hours at one hospital?
- If benefits/salary were enhanced for employees working at least 36 hours one week and 48 hours the next, would you be interested or is 48 hours in one week a total turn-off?
Benefits for 24 hours - no, benefits are benefits, you either take them or you don't. I have not met many nurses who are only lookng for benefits, I am sure there are some, but my guess is it is rare.
I have worked at two and three hospitals in the past. Reasons include getting the hours I want, workload versus pay (for example FT at Med-Surg vs monitoring a desk overnight - higher pay/less work) and higher pay ie FT at one hospital with benes etc and per diem at another for $10-15/hr more.
For me, two jobs meant I needed money - school, Xmas, vacation. When staffing, it was always the money - double time etc was the greatest attraction. One facility was terrific - we were a team and relied on each other and enjoyed working together, if you were asked to work extra to cover a sick, no questions you did it, without the negotiations - and is was appreciated, not abused. One facility was a pit, double and even triple time was refused routinely, phone machine on.
When I was younger, no family, 48 - 60 hour work weeks - no problem. When I had young children, 36 hours, especially back to back was really tough and I think turned me off staff nursing. Now that I am a bit older, I do not want to work 12 hours and be exhausted on my day off, or too tired to have a meal, or catch a movie. Do I still want money, yes, as much as I can make, as easily as I can make it - and frankly, that is not available as a staff nurse unless you kill yourself.