Canceled up to 3-4 times a WEEK. What do?!

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    I'm a recent graduate, fortunate enough to land a job right away and have been in a community hospital ICU for just over a year now. The problem is I've been cut literally 3-4 times a week and it's impossible for me to really get my life started with such inconsistent income. I was offered another ICU job but turned it down as they also cancel by seniority.

    What my boss is doing to remedy the situation? Hiring another person for our shift (med-surg transfer) with more experience than me so I'd be bumped down even further.

    Sorry if I'm ranting... just difficult because I'm saving for a wedding and for a house, but my last paycheck was literally ZILCH, NADA, ZERO, NOTHING for 2 weeks, I was canceled straight for two weeks.
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    Regardless of seniority, it is not fair for the same person to be canceled every time. Most places I have worked have a list they keep of dates people were canceled last and whoever is farthest back on the list gets canceled first. It is not fair to you to not be bringing home any money while you have coworkers that are getting shifts during that time. I would start looking for another job, or at the minimum a PRN/agency job.
    hikernurse, poppycat, marydc, and 5 others like this.
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    oh the great benefits you get from a union shop (assumption). So glad I work in a right-to-work state. We rotate so that everyone feels the pain. Another choice is to cross-train into another department and then call whoever does scheduling prior to a shift to see if a spot needs to be filled. The more versatile you are the more valuable you are. I remember getting only 18 hours/wk during the summer in Pedi, so I cross-trained to other departments and had my choice of shifts.
    canoehead, VickyRN, Lev <3, and 4 others like this.
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    I tend to get cancelled alot too. This is why every nurse needs a PRN job on the side unless they work in a specialty that never cancels ( LTC, ER, and etc. ).
    Lev <3, GrnTea, and JesusKeepMe like this.
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    This is exactly why I personally try to always maintain 2 jobs. I work both ER and home health. If one job doesn't act right then the other compensates. If theres no overtime in my ER, theres plenty of home health patient's I can see.
    VickyRN, Lev <3, GrnTea, and 1 other like this.
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    We always had a list and took turns (unless someone volunteered, an people volunteered all the time). It was usually seasonal. If we were cancelled a lot in May and June, we could expect to pick up extra shifts in August and September. Maybe your coworkers could give you some insight on if this is a regular thing, an anomaly, or just something that happens in the warm weather months. Surely things will pick up in flu season if it is a seasonal thing. I concur with those suggesting you look elsewhere. Put out some applications elsewhere, while you still have that job. Most places do cancel sometimes, but it seems to be a bit much where you are now.
    GrnTea likes this.
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    That's crazy. I never get cancelled because I work on a unit that's always full in a tertiary care hospital with a waiting list for patients to transfer to from community hospitals. In the exceedingly rare circumstance that we have time off available we fight over it and I never get it because I'm too low of seniority. I feel awful for you, though. What a mess! I agree it should be rotated. I also agree with suggestions to cross train and get an agency job. You need to talk to your union if you have one. Good luck!
    GrnTea likes this.
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    Quote from classicdame
    oh the great benefits you get from a union shop (assumption). So glad I work in a right-to-work state. We rotate so that everyone feels the pain. Another choice is to cross-train into another department and then call whoever does scheduling prior to a shift to see if a spot needs to be filled. The more versatile you are the more valuable you are. I remember getting only 18 hours/wk during the summer in Pedi, so I cross-trained to other departments and had my choice of shifts.
    Unfortunately I am not in a right to work state so I know how this guy feels....unions
    VivaLasViejas and HouTx like this.
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    Another thought: ask if you can work nights if you get cancelled for days and vice versa. This is even more insane because as a new grad you need to get consistent experience. My hospital doesn't allow part time new grads for this reason. You can lose a lot in two weeks in the beginning.
    Lev <3 likes this.
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    That is HORRIBLE.

    Hospital census has taken a nosedive - all over the country & this has had a severe impact on staffing. There is a USA Today article (10-13) A job engine sputters as hospitals cut staff which reveals that nearly 42,000 healthcare industry jobs have been lost since January 2013. At some point, the hospital should just decrease the number of FTE's to reflect what is actually needed & cut the extra ones loose... this would be better than trying to keep everyone hanging on with false hope.
    imintrouble, VickyRN, and Lev <3 like this.


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