Do people take advantage of me because I work nights? - page 4

I dont want to get into the specifics of it, but I'm starting to notice a pattern. i've worked nightshift for years and regardless of who i'm working for my supervisor ALWAYS calls me 3hours after my shift has ended. She wants to... Read More

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    It is easy to get a prepaid cell phone for the school, and have a separate number for them to call. But, I think you mentioned another concern as to why you answer the phone, and that is that they may have a question about something that happened during your shift.
    I started getting these sorts of calls, mainly the nurse who took my group of patient would call me to clarify something I said during report. Mostly, it was, "I forgot what you told me...." or, "What did you tell me about this patient...."
    I figured out pretty quickly that many nurses would rather pick up the phone and call you instead of actually paying attention during report or researching a problem themselves to find the answer.
    What I realized is that I am not on-call after I leave the facility. I am not obligated to answer any questions or to clarify anything or especially, to tell a nurse something AGAIN, because she wasn't paying attention during report. What I do to avoid any calls based upon something I may have missed, is to go over my med charting like crazy before I leave. Making sure everything is signed off, especially insulins and IV antibiotics.

    But really, my point is, once we clock out, we are off the clock! If you documented your meds properly and gave them as ordered, passed on any new orders to the oncoming nurse, you should not have to answer any questions during the day.
    The important thing is to be able to let go of it. We all worry about making a big mistake, but really, once you leave you couldn't fix it anyway. So, we need to let go and just go to bed.
    Once they realize you are not going to answer and not return their calls (until a reasonable time), they will stop calling.
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    You cant control what others do. You can only control what you do. First I would explain to the head nurse that if she wants you to pick up extra shifts she needs to put requests in your box and you will look at them when you get to work. You are not getting enough sleep. YOU have to protect your license. The people in suits could care less. If you screw up at work because of sleep deprivation do you think they will defend you? Or say it was their fault for calling you? NO. You put your foot down and stand up for yourself. Ofcourse they will call you if you never say anything.
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    This happened to me when I was a new grad and worked nights. I would always say yes. Now I look at the caller ID and either don't answer or simply say no I'm not available to work. And if I'm pressured I repeat I'm not available to work. Now my boss gets the hint and I let her know when I want to work extra.
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    I never answer the phone when work calls. Unless its about the time of day they would be calling to cancel me lol. But I felt like they rushed on me for being new and was calling me every day I was off. I always let it go to voicemail, if it's my manager calling about a scheduling question, I'll call back. But usually I don't even call back if they are asking me to add on. Sorry, don't think it's right to call a night nurse at 2 in the afternoon and ask if they want to work that night, when I've been out all AM running errands and have had no sleep. Just my opinion
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    Quote from nurseintx0511
    I never answer the phone when work calls. Unless its about the time of day they would be calling to cancel me lol.
    Hehe, only time I'll pick up too!

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