Does your work call you at 0530? - page 4

I've been working 50 hours a week lately and today was my day off. I stayed up late last night hanging out with my husband. This morning at 0530 my phone started ringing loudly and I thought someone... Read More

  1. by   Agnus
    Quote from puggymae
    Not only did I get called at all hours of the day or night, once when I was sitting in the dentist chair having a root canal done the receptionist brought me the portable phone and said it was an emergency - the emergency was someone had called in for 3-11. Could I possibly come in when the dentist was finished? NO. Well if I didn't feel like working the floor, could I help the ward clerk for a couple of hours? NO. How did they know I was at the dentist? Well I wasn't home, so they called my elderly parents house and my dad told them I was gone to the dentist. Daddy didn't know the name of the dentist so they called around until they found me!
    That takes gall on their part.
  2. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from puggymae
    Not only did I get called at all hours of the day or night, once when I was sitting in the dentist chair having a root canal done the receptionist brought me the portable phone and said it was an emergency - the emergency was someone had called in for 3-11. Could I possibly come in when the dentist was finished? NO. Well if I didn't feel like working the floor, could I help the ward clerk for a couple of hours? NO. How did they know I was at the dentist? Well I wasn't home, so they called my elderly parents house and my dad told them I was gone to the dentist. Daddy didn't know the name of the dentist so they called around until they found me!
    My word....they harassed your elderly parents and stalked you.... :angryfire :angryfire I'm getting madder by the moment...
  3. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from crnawant2be
    ever though of calling the nm at home on a weekend at 0100 just to ask able coming in. might prove a point
    That is a cool idea...call her at 3:30am, and ask her "Are you going to call me to come to work? or Can I come to work...PLEASE????" And if they say no, say "WHY???" and make them come up with an answer.
  4. by   tlhubbard
    My solution is to turn down the ringers, turn on the answering machine and caller ID. If I have a sick family member or there is an emergency at the kids school, I have a cell phone that work does not have the number for. I keep that bedside and it will only ring when absolutely necessary.

    I had a job that called me back in for initials on a rape kit (I missed 1 set of initials, there are like 6). So I drove the hour back to my job and then an hour back home (mind you I had kids in Headstart and elementary school, so I was getting broken sleep anyway). When I got back into work that night the rape kit was still in the frig. no one had even come to pick it up yet. Talk about ticked. They eventually ran the kit, but it had become less of a priority, as the minor girl had taken a few days trip with an older boyfriend and consented to all activities come to find out. We did the rape kit because she was afraid her dad would be mad if he knew the truth.
  5. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Quote from puggymae
    Not only did I get called at all hours of the day or night, once when I was sitting in the dentist chair having a root canal done the receptionist brought me the portable phone and said it was an emergency - the emergency was someone had called in for 3-11. Could I possibly come in when the dentist was finished? NO. Well if I didn't feel like working the floor, could I help the ward clerk for a couple of hours? NO. How did they know I was at the dentist? Well I wasn't home, so they called my elderly parents house and my dad told them I was gone to the dentist. Daddy didn't know the name of the dentist so they called around until they found me!
    That one takes the cake!
  6. by   SuperFlyRN
    Yup. We are in a union and they are required to call everyone. (otherwise it can be grieved). I work permanent nights and it irritates me to get called on my day off-especially at that unGodly hour!
  7. by   clemmm78
    as a former night supervisor, I can tell you we don't like making those calls any more than you like receiving them. However, do you have a better solution? What are they supposed to do when they get sick calls and have to find replacements? They can't wait any later if the shift starts at 7:30.
  8. by   Rnandsoccermom
    Quote from clemmm78
    as a former night supervisor, I can tell you we don't like making those calls any more than you like receiving them. However, do you have a better solution? What are they supposed to do when they get sick calls and have to find replacements? They can't wait any later if the shift starts at 7:30.
    I have to agree, let's be fair.

    Would you rather the sup. tell you that you will be working short because she didn't want to bother anyone? It's a no win situation for the sup. They get it from the staff at work, the staff at home, and the bosses.

    I am a sup. and I get called to work staff too (we are hourly). I look at the caller I.D., say a few choice words and don't answer the phone!
  9. by   storm06
    I learnt this from an old boyfriend who used to get work calling him anywhere between 0100 and 0500.
    Phone rings - pick it up but dont say anything.
    Usually the caller will say "hello? um hello???"
    You say "what time is it?"
    While they are saying "it's 0500, sorry to call so early but,,,,"
    you just hang up.
    I only tried it once and felt really guilty,,, lol
    But I have a really low ring tone on my mobile for work so most of the time I don't hear it. I refuse to give out my home number any more.
    I understand it must be a nightmare for the roster office/nm, and I am sure they don't enjoy calling people at all hours of the day or night. But when I have split days off and have worked 8 nights in a row I dont want a guilt trip for enjoying my day off!
  10. by   grammyr
    I normally don't mind working if someone is sick, but when I request specifically not to be called because that particular day is my only day off out of 8, I get really ticked when called!!!!!
  11. by   BrnEyedGirl
    Just another point of view here,..I work nights 7p-7a and often charge so I am the one that gets the calls at 0430 "can't make it today,...." We need the dayshift covered,..we start report at 0630,..it sucks to call,..and I agree w/ an earlier post,.I don't care why a simple "no, no today" is fine w/me,...the problem I have is when they call me at 5pm to ask if I can work,.sometimes I can,.but if I was off the night before and have been awake since the rest of my family woke up at say 530am I can't possibly work a 7p-7a!! Day shift has been very nasty on occasion when I say no,..it's simple math 0530 - 0700=25 1/2 hours awake,.not safe. Sometimes I think they take it better when I say "geee,..I just started my 2nd glass of wine,.if you'd only called earlier"
  12. by   RunnerRN
    I have to get in on this. The only number I gave to work is my cell (we only use our house phone for outgoing calls/internet connection....usually the phone isn't even attached!) I have the main number in my cell, my dept's number, and the charge nurse work phone number, so they will all pop up on caller ID. The smartest thing I ever did though was give those numbers their own ringer - something very quiet and completely different from my typical ringer. This way I can tell right away who is calling (if I even hear the ring) and pick up if necessary. But, usually I don't!
    I really don't mind the calls so much, it is when I pick up and get the guilt trip and keep pushing even once I say no. So, coincidentally, I tend to have unbreakable appointments when they call. Hair cuts that take 2 months to get, dental appts, etc. Because sometimes just saying NO doesn't sink in.
    Oh for the day when I have kids and can blame it on them!!!
  13. by   cant_not
    When I was an aide I worked in a 180 bed facility, and they were ALWAYS short, and I got a call almost every day to come in. I love doing overtime, but I got tired of it really quick. I just stopped answering my phone. Haven't encountered it as a nurse, yet.

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