Does your work call you at 0530? - page 5

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   hyattrnbsn
    so apparently the little girl that posted this is never night shift charge. When someone calls in we have to find coverage - duh?!! If we called you at 0630 you would be complaining you didnt have enough notice to get ready. Or if you worked the shift short b/c the night charge didn't want to upset anyone by waking them up you'd be pretty upset too. Or if you really could've used the overtime and they didn't call you'd be complaining then too. Or better yet should we call at 2 am when the person called in or be nice enough to wait until 0530 when really we have other stuff to be doing to wrap up our own shift. Get used to it, get caller ID, or cut off the ringer cause it won't stop and no one is keeping up with the fact that you just worked several in a row and needed hubby time!!!
  2. by   SuesquatchRN
    Hee!

    They sent one of the aides to my house to bang on the door.

    Nothing like a small town....
    Last edit by SuesquatchRN on Dec 29, '06
  3. by   caliotter3
    Once, when the only Noc licensed nurse, I had a semi-emergency, and needed to call the Asst DON who at the time was the acting DON, no answer. No answering machine, just plain no answer. So I was stuck with the situation by myself. No one else I could call (believe it or not I was so desperate about what was going on that in the middle of the night I called my former supvr from another job (who BTW was retired) and she gave me advice on what to do). And in the morning, when the Asst DON showed up for work at the usual time, she could not deal with the situation anyway. But my point is: When people, even those who are supposed to be on call, do not want to be bothered, they WILL NOT be bothered. I did not say anything to my boss about her not being available, I was too engrossed in the situation.
    Likewise, I too, have become so fired up b/c my work has not respected my wishes concerning whether and when to call me. That problem is now solved, b/c quite simply, I don't have to worry about being bothered at all. I ain't working! Upset, to get called wrongly when employed, upset to not get called at all cause nobody wants ya, just upset! While I like not being called at all--it sure would be nice if someone would mail a paycheck. He, he.
    Sooooo, get caller ID, a private, private number, and count your blessings.
  4. by   saguaro13
    I get called almost on a daily basis to come in to work. I am a noc employee, but work days, afternoons, nights extra. Constantly flip flopping. I get called all hours of the day and night. I have the ringer turned off on my phone. All my friends and family have my cell phone number and I tell them to call that if they can't get me at home. It works ok. I have caller id and if I see the number to the hospital. I don't pick up. I used to pick up extra, but they are so rude to you if you say no, I'm just abou ready to quit. It's really a shame. This yet one more reasons nurses get burned out and leave the profession all together. But the idiots running the shows, just don't get it!
  5. by   MarySunshine
    Quote from hyattrnbsn
    so apparently the little girl that posted this is never night shift charge. When someone calls in we have to find coverage - duh?!! If we called you at 0630 you would be complaining you didnt have enough notice to get ready. Or if you worked the shift short b/c the night charge didn't want to upset anyone by waking them up you'd be pretty upset too. Or if you really could've used the overtime and they didn't call you'd be complaining then too. Or better yet should we call at 2 am when the person called in or be nice enough to wait until 0530 when really we have other stuff to be doing to wrap up our own shift. Get used to it, get caller ID, or cut off the ringer cause it won't stop and no one is keeping up with the fact that you just worked several in a row and needed hubby time!!!

    That's a condescending reply. I realize the situation and I was just asking for some feedback on how to deal with it.
  6. by   Lovely RN
    I don't answer the phone if I don't want the overtime because when you say no they continue to beg without even offering an incentive.
  7. by   perfectbluebuildings
    What time does the shift start? Where I work it's 6:45 so they'd pretty much have to be calling at 5:30. Maybe your shift starts later though. And it sucks for them, they do just have to go down the list of who's not scheduled and unless it's a requested off, they have to call.

    I hate it too though from the other side- I have caller ID and usually screen all calls via answering machine anyway (d/t lots of telemarketers/weirdos along with work calls), and turn the ringer way down while I'm sleeping; my family and friends have a cell number if they really need me.

    Hopefully it will be less this winter... we all have to take at least one on-call day a pay period so hopefully they'll definitely have enough staffing?? What a hope... right?
  8. by   Jo Dirt
    Quote from crnawant2be
    Caller ID works very well for me. We have a 70% policy (unenforceable but they have one written) which says we are required to work overtime at least 70% of time contacted. If work calls and I donot want to work I donot answer the phone.
    The nursing home where I used to work would block their number or else use someone's cell phone. Lol.
  9. by   Miss Ludie
    Beg? You mean lay on the guilt. Are they willing to give you a day off when you call THEM at 0530? It blows my mind that HEALTHCARE for goodnes cares NOT for the HEALTH of their caregivers. I'm reading this is most in long term?

    I'm seeing poor little me in a lot of the posts over the years. Hey you are human you need a day to laugh, shop, kick your heels up and nap in the recliner. And don't get all guilty feeling over it.
  10. by   CseMgr1
    Quote from Suesquatch
    Hee!

    They sent one of the aides to my house to bang on the door.

    Nothing like a small town....
    I can beat that:

    Once while I was on FMLA due to a neck injury, the nurse who was covering for my HH patients came banging on my door one day. She couldn't get my patient's PDCA pump to work, and her husband was going berserk because she wasn't able to get her pain medication. So, off I go, my neck wrapped in a soft collar (and under the influence of pain meds myself), to fix my patient's pump. Although it turned out to be a simple programming issue, the husband was outraged that no one else but me knew how to operate that pump. It seems that the district manager wasn't interested beforehand in allowing me to teach other nurses to operate that pump...in case I got sick. "Oh, you won't get sick", she had assured me carelessly. Well, guess what?: Her husband filed a complaint with the State....and I finally got the trained
    backup I needed. Needless to say, no one else dared to bang on my door after that. I also took my phone off the hook (this was before Caller ID was invented), when I was sick or off call.

    I am SOOO glad those days are over with! :angryfire
  11. by   RN 4 U
    Quote from 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!
    FUNNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!GOOD ONE!
  12. by   elizabeth321
    It comes with the territory...it is not rocket science coming up with a solution that works for you...many excellent ones were given....

    Liz
  13. by   AtlantaRN
    YEP! They will SAY that you can't schedule yourself for more than 4 days in a row because risk to "patient safety," but THEN will call at 5a-7a BEGGING me to come in because they are short staffed.

    I would rather schedule myself for 6 days straight, be off for 2 weeks, then another 6 days straight...(now, i'm in a unique position as my hubby doesn't work outside the home...so he does all the cooking and cleaning, and all the maintenance of yard, etc...)...so all I do is work...

    SO, if I think i'm off that 4th day, i'm staying up late and watching TV, sewing, etc...not worrying about getting enough sleep. If I KNOW that 4th 5th and 6th day are coming, i'm showered and in bed by 9pm.....

    If i'm prepared for it, i'm fine...but if I'm NOT prepared, it's a greater risk to patient safety.

    The other day, they called at 5am, 7:15 and again at 8:30...3 different people, 3 different departments, BEGGING me to come in. I was *ISSED, MAJOR...

    NOW, if they had a BOOK where people could SIGN up saying they would be available, THEN they would have their call list.........but i'm just a lowly staff nurse, it would take someone with a "clipboard" to think of it and implement it by committee for it to work :/ Rant mode off....

    linda
    Last edit by AtlantaRN on Dec 30, '06 : Reason: edited to change bedtime.

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