In the event of a lay-off, who gets axed first?

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    The new grad, or the 30 year veteran who is making a ton more? Or does it go by performance reviews?
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    Unless there is a union involved, it goes by whatever criteria the employer chooses to use, to include getting rid of the person(s) that is not liked. Job performance does not have to have any influence whatsoever, nor does longevity. Employment at will.
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    Thanks for your response. Does anybody have any experience with this? How did your institution decide?
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    I work in a union hospital. Here they have to lay off by seniority, meaning last ones hired, first ones laid off. And basically it's done on a hospital wide basis, so tha if you work in tele, and there is an ER nurse that has less seniority, she will be the one laid off, but then the tele nurse would have to be moved to ER potentially if their staffing is stressed by the loss. So it can be difficult for the ones that get laid off, and the ones that get left behind. But, at least they still have a job.
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    I worked at a facility that did layoffs. There was no union. The person making the decision did not use seniority or job performance as criteria because the people laid off would not have been chosen if either of those factors were the deciding factors.
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    According to our union contract, the junior ones go first.
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    Unfortunately, I have seen some organizations do something veeery shady...and get rid of those who cost the most (those with many years of seniority). This is a really bad move. If we don't have those nurses with tons of wisdom and experience, who will mentor new nurses?
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    In nursing, there is a fair amount of employee turnover compared to other professions. When spots go vacant, they stay unfilled.
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    We are experiencing the beginning of lay offs and we are union. Slow areas have been the focus. Unlike the previous poster where the seniority in the hospital ranking affects lay offs all over the hospital, it is done departmentally in my area. Let's face it there are very few people that can float between floors. Specialties like ER or ICU require a different type of nursing that cannot be easily replicated in everyone!

    However in that particular department, those with less seniority were axed-while we have brand spanking new grads in orientation. Hard to believe huh?

    M
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    Quote from MAISY, RN-ER
    We are experiencing the beginning of lay offs and we are union. Slow areas have been the focus. Unlike the previous poster where the seniority in the hospital ranking affects lay offs all over the hospital, it is done departmentally in my area. Let's face it there are very few people that can float between floors. Specialties like ER or ICU require a different type of nursing that cannot be easily replicated in everyone!

    However in that particular department, those with less seniority were axed-while we have brand spanking new grads in orientation. Hard to believe huh?

    M
    Not hard to believe at all. The facility that was doing layoffs that I worked at had brand new employees in place a few weeks after the layoffs. So much for their reason for the layoffs.


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