Bipolar-Should I ask for ADA accomodations? - page 8

I have Bipolar I and work NOC. No problems there, I have adjusted well and am slepping during the day without problems. However, our shifts are very erratic. It's maybe one day on, two days off then... Read More

  1. Visit  hiddencatRN profile page
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    Quote from Pepper The Cat
    At our hospital you have to work 2 shifts for it to be considered a weekend. Working just Friday night is not considered a weekend. You have to work Friday and Saturday night. That is not what the OP proposes. She wants Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Considering she would finish Sat at 7:30 am, she would still have her entire weekend off. this would not sit well with nurses at my hospital.
    Her hospital's policy might be different.
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  2. Visit  regularRN profile page
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    An erratic schedule is difficult for anyone - where I work we have a set two week schedule that repeats over and over... so we know our shifts into the future ad infinitum. This seems like an excellent arrangement to me, but of course we have to work alternate weekends (Sat and Sun).
    Maybe the OP should bide her time, as with seniority one can tweak a schedule... or there are many alternative possibilities - MD's offices, surgery centers, dialysis, public health, school nurse, insurance agencies, etc. - all of which are generally weekdays only.
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  3. Visit  steelydanfan profile page
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    Quote from AZRN2112
    Thanks for all the positive feedback. All the negative feedback just shows why people with mental illness choose to keep things in the dark. I was told when I took the position it was "self-scheduling". I came from another department with self-scheduling and they pretty much gave us what we asked for. I'm not asking for weekends or holidays off. I never said that in my post. I'm not asking any co-workers to "pick up my slack." Why would it affect them at all if I worked the same three days in a row every week? When I developed this illness about three years ago I was devastated; all I thought was "oh my God, am I going to be able to be a nurse? Am I going to be able to work?" I was reassured that as long as I take my meds, watch my stress, know my triggers, chances are good that I will be able to lead a normal functioning life. My thoughts are that the way things are going I may need to find a job that is more M-F 9-5, such as an outpatient clinic (Dr. office, outpatient endo, something along those lines.) Anyhow, all the judgemental and hurtful comments have actually helped confirm that having a mental illness is still something to be ashamed of and I better not say anything.
    OP, you have to understand something. No one has more empathy than I do, towards your illness and the struggles you face. I am NOT being judgemental.

    However, it is not up to me to rearrange my life as your coworker to accomodate you. I am as special as you are, with my own set of problems and angst.

    "Why would it affect them at all if I worked the same same three days at all every week?" Because it does not take into account: Jury duty, a co-workers sudden death of a family member, a LOA due to illness, a resignation; or myriad other problems that occur with your co-workers that neccessitates a shift in plans for EVERYONE.

    Quite frankly, there is NO nursing position that can assure you what you need. Patients will ALWAYS do the unexpected, there WILL be unplanned for OT, you WILL have to bend SOMEWHERE. If you canot do that, well, this career is not for you.
  4. Visit  NeoNurseTX profile page
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    I think every full time night nurse feels that way with the sleeping. It's part of working nights and one of the reasons we get a shift diff. It wreaks havoc on your body. It sounds you are a new nurse who actually enjoys your job so I wouldn't put it in jeopardy because new nurses with jobs are rare and new nurses with jobs they LIKE are even more rare.
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  5. Visit  NeoNurseTX profile page
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    Also, full time nights we can work W Th F every week and that would cover our weekend commitment of 4 weekend shifts a month...F counts for night shifters. We also have a dedicated weekend staff.
  6. Visit  beewink profile page
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    Quote from steelydanfan
    "Why would it affect them at all if I worked the same same three days at all every week?" Because it does not take into account: Jury duty, a co-workers sudden death of a family member, a LOA due to illness, a resignation; or myriad other problems that occur with your co-workers that neccessitates a shift in plans for EVERYONE.
    You really can't take into account the sudden death of a family member, and I don't see how you could schedule for it. Same with the rest of the examples you gave. There is no reason that employees can't have a set schedule - but they would be expected to adjust said schedule in the event of the above situations. That's realistic. You could have a set schedule that alternates biweekly - Wed, Thurs, Fri one week, Sun, Mon, Tues the next. Why would that be so uncalled for? We really don't do a great job of taking care of ourselves, (or each other), in the nursing field...
  7. Visit  GM2RN profile page
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    Quote from beewink
    You really can't take into account the sudden death of a family member, and I don't see how you could schedule for it. Same with the rest of the examples you gave. There is no reason that employees can't have a set schedule - but they would be expected to adjust said schedule in the event of the above situations. That's realistic. You could have a set schedule that alternates biweekly - Wed, Thurs, Fri one week, Sun, Mon, Tues the next. Why would that be so uncalled for? We really don't do a great job of taking care of ourselves, (or each other), in the nursing field...

    I think that the fact that you can't take these things into account was the point of the post you quoted. Thus, schedules would need to change at times.

    It is definitely possible to have set schedules, understanding that they would need to change to cover openings in the event of those things already mentioned. The problem with them is that you will NEVER make everyone happy with the schedule that they get.

    There is just no way to make a schedule that gives everyone even close to what they want, unless maybe you have a really small department and everyone can work it out among themselves.

    I have worked where there was self-scheduling and set schedules, and both have had problems with some people really liking their schedules and others really resentful that they don't have the schedule that they want.

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