Don't shoot me for asking but...

  1. are there nursing positions where you do not work nights, weekends and holidays? I'm in California if that helps to answer as I know some of the 'rules' seem to be different here.

    TIA!
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  3. by   nurseunderwater
    BANG!! LOL - :chuckle:

    you can choose school nurse...agency work - where you set your own hours...i am sure there are more but these are what come to mind right away...good luck
  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Yes there are. But not in the hospitals, for the most part. If you choose hospital nursing, you MAY luck out and get right into a day position, but weekend work is almost guaranteed ---at least one or two weekends a month being the norm. And everyone at the hospital gets involved in working holidays except office workers. Most new nurses start out in evening or night positions, as well.

    Look into office nursing or in areas where day hours are the norm. These positions are hard to find for inexperienced nurses, but not impossible.

    Best wishes to you!
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on May 7, '04
  5. by   jemb
    Same day surgery, and outpatient surgery clinics frequently do not have weekend hours.
  6. by   Brenda-RN,BSN, WA.
    I work "on-call" at a hospital. We can sign up for any shift, we do NOT have to work any holidays, and are required to sign up for two weekend shifts per month. The down side is that we get floated to other units if ours is not busy, or we get cancelled. I also work for an agency where you work whenever you want, days, eve's., nights. No holidays, or weekends required and I make a lot more $. It's nice to supplement my income with the agency if I get cancelled too much at my regular job. Agency is probably the best choice if you want to do hospital work, but don't want to work any weekends, holidays, or nights. Good luck!
    Quote from Hopegirl
    are there nursing positions where you do not work nights, weekends and holidays? I'm in California if that helps to answer as I know some of the 'rules' seem to be different here.

    TIA!
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Just realize, as a new RN or LPN, agency and/or travel work is ill-advised. You need to be able to work very independently doing these jobs. And getting right into same-day surgery as well as other certain specialized jobs, can be difficult as a new grad. Do set your sights high, but expect to pay SOME dues in your quest for a day job with any hours that have semblance of "normalcy". That is my best advice for you to avoid disappointment in planning your career in the future. Best wishes!
  8. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Doctor's offices and clinic jobs usually have no nocs, no weekends and most major holidays off. However, the pay is usually low.
  9. by   kellilou3
    If a nursing student works in a hospital throughout school as an aide or patient care tech, does he/she have a better chance of being hired on at that same hospital as an RN straight into day shift?
  10. by   zambezi
    Quote from kellilou3
    If a nursing student works in a hospital throughout school as an aide or patient care tech, does he/she have a better chance of being hired on at that same hospital as an RN straight into day shift?
    I would say on the whole, no...only because day positions (at least where I work) are offered to nights first... if no one on nights is taking the offer, I think that you might have a good chance in comparison to other new grads since you know the unit/staff, etc...i do know new grads that have been given day shift positions but I don't know the situation of the unit...it wouldn't happen in the unit I work on...
  11. by   Havin' A Party!
    Look outside the hospital setting (e.g., school nursing, government positions, legal spots, etc.)
  12. by   caroladybelle
    Quote from kellilou3
    If a nursing student works in a hospital throughout school as an aide or patient care tech, does he/she have a better chance of being hired on at that same hospital as an RN straight into day shift?
    No, because generally there are a few RNs that got stuck on nights that will move to days before you.
  13. by   RN_Amy
    I am thinking that you shouldn't have entered nursing if you are adverse to working bizarre hours.......

    However, I am a recovery room nurse and normally work 8am -4:30 Mon to Fri... with the occassional PM (1pm to 9:30pm) or Saturday shift.....
  14. by   BittyBabyGrower
    Our new nurses go to eves or nights or the occas. 3a-3p if it is open. The day jobs are posted when available and go to the person with the highest seniority.

    To get into the specialty areas at my hospital, you have to have at least 2 years under your belt (ie outpt, etc.).

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