Do you have a set schedule? - page 2
by Jmiami | 3,898 Views | 27 Comments
Do you only work 7-3, 7-7, 3-11, 11-7? Or do you have to bounce back and forth between all these shifts? Do you have a weekly schedule with chosen days off? Do you get it in advance? Do you get scheduled for whatever they... Read More
- 0Oct 11, '12 by NurseCardI work 11p-7a four nights a week, and I generally always know which nights I will
When I first started this job, I had a 7a-3:30p, M-F, no weekends, type of
schedule. I was thrilled, until I actually started working day shift on this LTC
unit. It was beyond horrible and I begged to be placed back on night shift, which
I had originally been hired for.
So, my schedule's not so bad; I do sleep an awful lot, but my husband is
practically a stay at home dad; only works a few hours a week. So it works out.
- 0Oct 11, '12 by uswomanI'm working in a major hospital in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and have quite possibly found the worst rostering (scheduling) ever. And it is bad. I'm working on a medical ward and here is what I am working the next two weeks: Saturday - 1PM to 9:30PM. Sunday - 7AM to 3:30PM, Monday -1PM to 9:30PM, Tuesday- 7AM to 3:30PM then off Wednesday and Thursday. Friday is 1PM to 9:30PM, Saturday is 7AM to 3:30PM, Sunday 1PM to 9:30PM, Monday 1pm-3:30PM, Tuesday 1:30PM to 9:30PM, Wednesday 7AM to 3:30PM, Thursday 7AM to 3:30PM. I am a new employee and I don't like to complain, but whenever the charge nurse gets back from vacation, I intend to have a serious conversation about this. I am working here on a business visa, sponsored by the hospital, but I have no intention of sacrificing my health for the place. I'm 56 years old and have had some crappy work schedules in my life but having looked over the entire schedule, this appears to be the "normal" type schedule for everyone! I guess I should be happy that the Fair works act or whatever it is, prevents being scheduled more than 10 days in a row! (Note I have 8 days in a row on my schedule!) I've never encountered anything so horrendoue (not to mention dangerous) in all my years as a nurse. If a scheduling package is being used, then something is majorly wrong with it. Needless to say, I've applied elsewhere for a job and hoping to be out of there as soon as possible (which seems to be what happens on this ward.)
- 0Oct 11, '12 by 0402I work 3 shifts of 1900-0730 each week. The only consistent thing (supposedly) is that we have to work every other weekend, but they can't even leave that part, as is, so some people end up working only one day of their weekend, randomly having a weekend off that they expected to work and worst- being scheduled on the weekend that isn't "theirs." I try to work a consistent schedule of Fri, Sat, Sun, when it's my weekend, followed by Wed and Thurs (I'm night shift, so I really don't like working Friday when it's not my weekend), followed by Monday- wash, rinse, repeat. We put in for 4 week schedules each time, and I would say that I get my requested schedule 1-2 out of every 3 times I ask for it. The thing that kills me is when we have mandatory classes- which are always on day shift, and my whole schedule gets thrown off. It's a big reason I am ready to get out of the hospital. In the hospital, I really do prefer to work night shift, but I cannot balance my home life, with 3 kids, and all of the irregularity and disregard for the unique challenges of working night shift.
My previous job required a 50/50 rotation of 0700-1930 and 1900-0730. I really did not like rotating.
- 0Oct 11, '12 by IndyWe do twelve hour shifts and make our schedules in the computer. The dates are posted and once a month the slots open for the next schedule, so we put in what we want to work. Each date, day or night, closes availability when the number of positions are filled. So my schedule is not predetermined. I do make an appointment in my little pocket calendar to log on and do my schedule when it's time so I get my pick of what I want. Most folks are either day or night and do not usually mix the two. Going between days and nights is not good for the health and I know about two people in our ICU who are willing to ever do that.
- 0Oct 11, '12 by tigerlogicI worked 7p-7a and the schedule came out once a month but was otherwise pretty random. My days were usually in a row, but not necessarily. I liked a lot about working nights but if I do it again I'll want the three nights back to back. Switching sleep schedules is too crazy otherwise.
- 0Oct 11, '12 by nrsang97Our RRT is completely self scheduled. I work night shift starting 10/15, so I totally made my own schedule. No issues. I know what I am working. When I worked ICU they had a schedule planner out and you could fill in what you wanted. Most of the time you got what you wanted. Occasionally you didn't. We did only 7-7 days or nights. We didn't rotate.
- 0Oct 11, '12 by itsmejuli GuideI have every Thursday and every other weekend off. I go into work anytime they need me during my "on" days, so depending when I'm needed on site I'll put my time in somewhere between 0600 and 2200. But there's many days where I don't know until the last minute when I'm going on site. So its not really a good job if you have kids.