is this a common thing with OVERTIME

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    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 rotate between these two jobs regularly. I am a full time employee and have been for two years. I have expressed multiple times to my superior my need for a fourth shift and how my finances are pretty much dependent on it. The problem (in my opinion), is when the schedule is released with empty spots for PCTs/monitor techs to fill in, she will have already filled these spots with RNs. I AM NOT sayign nurses are not capable of performing the job, I AM saying that i don't feel that overtime for PCTs should be mixed in with overtime for nurses (obviously because PCTs cannot fill nursing spots). I have asked to fill certain spots that are covered with nurses, and the reply is that "we have enough nurses scheduled already."

    so my question is------Should i be ok with this? Am i overreacting? Does this happen elsewhere? Should i re-express my concern? And how?

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  2. 22 Comments...

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    I would think they'd prefer a PCT to a nurse because they can pay you less. Weird
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    They shouldn't be filling in PCT positions with nurses unless they can't get a PCT to do the shift.
    Otessa and smily nurse like this.
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    its bad business, not sure why they would do that
    smily nurse likes this.
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    Maybe you should just inquire.
    smily nurse likes this.
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    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?
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    I think you should definitely inquire but....lightly. I also think the other solution is to beat others to the punch. how are these other nurses getting on the schedule for extra shifts before you? get in there and get your name there first. good luck!
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    Apparently the nurses are further up the totem pole when it comes to doling out extra shifts. But it does not make sense money-wise to pay them RN wages when they could have a PCT doing the shift for less.
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    And I would definitely look for the hours elsewhere, no matter what the explanation is.
    NaKcl likes this.
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    Like caliotter3 said, look for other places where they appreciate your work.
    probably some other floors welcome extra set of hands.
    Otessa likes this.

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