Do I have a right to be upset? - page 2

Yes, it's that time again. Holiday schedules. A time that every manager dreads. Rec'd my holiday schedule today. My contract explicitly states that I am required to work one spring/summer... Read More

  1. by   SaderNurse05
    This is ridiculous. Obviously you have helped cover in the past, but it is time to take your contract in and review it with your manager. Good luck! Overtime is great but life is too short to work yourself into the ground.
  2. by   SakredStrega
    Quote from bethin
    Pam, it's partly my fault.

    I am not normally a doormat, but with this job I am. I have been extremely grateful to them for being understanding about time off d/t my treatment of crohn's. I offered to work one extra night a week - Thurs nights only because I am a student, until someone is hired for nights. I have went in at 2am to translate for patients. And the kicker is, aides do not receive premium pay (slightly more than time and a half) for coming in on days not scheduled, although all other staff does.

    I have been searching for some time for a new job but I am ~ 1 year away from graduation in a non-medical field (political science) and I feel bad starting a new job then quiting.

    I'm so thankful for the reassurances.

    You sound like a very nice person. Nice people shouldn't be treated badly. I do hope you say something about your horrible schedule.
  3. by   dusky1228
    Heck, yes, anyone would be upset. Since you mention a contract, if you get nowhere by talking to your manager about this chaotic and completely unfair schedule, is there a union rep you could speak to?
    You are being taken advantage of. It doesn't make it right, but have you overlooked poor scheduling before and not said anything? Maybe that's why this schedule is even worse, and other CNA's ask for and are approved for time off.
    It seems to be time for you to speak up-you have every right to be upset.:angryfire
  4. by   DutchgirlRN
    Bethy I think they are taking advantage of you on purpose because they know you are single. DO NOT let them get away with this. If you worked New Years Day then your winter holiday obligation has already been met. I had the same kind of holiday obligations when I was PRN on Med/Surg, they tried to pull that one on me once and no siree they didn't get by with it. Seems the same bunch of people manage to get the holidays they want off. People need to speak up.

    My assistant NM on med/surg never worked a holiday, never worked a single weekend day in the 6 years I worked on that floor. She was the one who made out the schedule (duh) and she was scheduled every Tues, Wed, Thurs, except of course if a holiday fell on one of those days. The NM didn't like it one bit but she was a good friend of the CNO and was hired with that provision.
  5. by   bethin
    I have a copy of the contract I signed. I'm going to take it in tomorrow, slap it in front of them and ask if they are going to break my contract. I am not petty enough to contact a lawyer or anything, but I am going to tell them that if they break the contract, I am too and I won't be doing my every weekend as agreed upon. I also will be taking off more than my maximum of 4 weekends a year.

    Two can play this game.
  6. by   GooeyRN
    NO WAY would I put up with that crap. You fulfilled your obligation. Period.
  7. by   TRAMA1RN
    Unless you have union representation you probably will get no where with your complaints. I worked at Susquehanna Helath System in central PA for 4 1/2 years and regularly worked 22-23 days in a row all 8 and 12 hour shifts, mandatory overtime. If you work for an at will employer they are not going to care what you think contract or no.
  8. by   barefootlady
    It is truly time to get another job. This goes way beyond the call of duty to "help Out". I do not think they will care what you say about the contract, it will be their way or out of the door. Good luck.
  9. by   Tele_Nurse4u
    No, you have a right to be upset!!
  10. by   The Hated Consultant
    I have to agree with the other posters here.

    If you've fulfilled your contract obligations by already working holidays, you're done. If they ASK and you AGREE to work extra or other holidays, that's different.

    Draw your line and stand firm, hon. You were looking for a job when you got this one, if it comes to that.
  11. by   SuesquatchRN
    Quote from bethin
    I have a copy of the contract I signed. I'm going to take it in tomorrow, slap it in front of them and ask if they are going to break my contract. I am not petty enough to contact a lawyer or anything, but I am going to tell them that if they break the contract, I am too and I won't be doing my every weekend as agreed upon. I also will be taking off more than my maximum of 4 weekends a year.

    Two can play this game.
    Just wanted to make one thing clear. If necessary, contacting a lawyer is not petty. It is protecting yourself.
  12. by   The Hated Consultant
    Quote from Suesquatch
    Just wanted to make one thing clear. If necessary, contacting a lawyer is not petty. It is protecting yourself.
    I agree with Sue. You have a contract for a reason.
  13. by   CyndieRN2007
    Go in the manager and show the crazy schedule. If he or she doesnt realize right away how crazy it is, then start making a stink.

    Maybe the person who did the scheduling messed up. It happens. But if not, raise hell.

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