is this a common thing with OVERTIME - page 2

by CHEWEYchum 3,677 Views | 22 Comments

I am currently a patient care technician (PCT) at a smaller hospital. In our E.D. our PCTs are trained to preform everything from lab draws to EKGs to stocking, etc. We are also cross-trained as monitor techs and usually... Read More


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    just call the staffing office and let them know your availability.
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    I don't know if this is a possibility for you, but have you tried finding another job part time to supplement your income? Obviously the new job would have to be willing to work with you on your schedule to overcome conflicts with your current job, but it's not something that can't be done... Another option is being per diem. Finally, if you wanted to tell the current job, "Stop filling the spots w/ RN's or I'm going to have to find a new job part time and you're going to have to work around my schedule more" type of conversation.

    It seems silly to pay an RN to do the job of a lower compensated individual (I'm assuming so if I'm wrong I apologize) but what happened in OUR hospital is *all* LPNs were informed they have to work towards their RN by "x" date or they wouldn't have a job anymore. Also ASN-RN's were informed in order for the hospital to go to Magnet they would have to possibly get their BSN soon as well, but no finite plans were in place last I checked. It makes more sense to have more ancillary staff b/c it takes more time off RN's and LPN's, but some administrators think that eventually eliminating jobs such as LPNs, Unit clerks, etc. will save money and lives in the long run by replacing them with "higher education" individuals. ... which is not true, and is actually POOR for patient satisfaction.

    Coming from a person that worked on a floor of 20 patients with 5 RN's and (at most) 2 NA's, there were MANY times where there was nobody in the station for a long time, so having a person like yourself to do be on monitor duty would be a huge help to us, but alas it's not in the cards apparently for our hospital. Hoping it's just a "your floor" thing and not a hospital wide trend.
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    Maybe they prefer to schedule in nurses because they can do many things that you cannot, and it picks up the slack and makes patient care better.
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    Quote from CHEWEYchum
    Im thinking about it, just trying to figure out how to tell the boss that you've been frustrated about something that's been happening for a while now, and that it needs to change or you're going to find the hours elsewhere...........any ideas?
    Don't threaten your boss unless you are truly prepared to get on her bad side. Are you prepared to quit or be fired? Burn your bridges? Lose a good reference?

    Just say you would like more hours, how can we get more hours for me? And be nice about it.
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    Are the Rns getting an extre shift a week or is the hospital cutting out all ot? Our hospital has cut all it. So there are days we r overstaffed and nurses have to float. Many are going to agency to get the extra shift.
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    Quote from Kooky Korky
    Don't threaten your boss unless you are truly prepared to get on her bad side. Are you prepared to quit or be fired? Burn your bridges? Lose a good reference?

    Just say you would like more hours, how can we get more hours for me? And be nice about it.

    agreed, ive done this already, maybe just do it again, and in the process look for somethign else and then let her know in a nonthreatening way
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    Quote from IsisC
    Maybe they prefer to schedule in nurses because they can do many things that you cannot, and it picks up the slack and makes patient care better.

    Exactly. Nurses can do everything a PCA does, but a PCA cannot do everything a nurse does.
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    One of the reasons for staffing extra shifts with a RN than a PCT is that, when the poop hits the fan, a RN can take an assignment and a PCT can't.
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    It happens at my facility frequently. If census is low and there is an open CNA slot, they will place an RN in that slot before giving a CNA OT. If no RN wants the slot or wants to work as a CNA, then the CNA can have the OT.

    Different places will handle it differently. There are union vs. non-union facilities, then there are in house procedures for offering OT that must be followed etc etc.......
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    i'd think it's union or contract related, otherwise, it doesn't make biz sense.


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