With the difficulty they are having finding staff right now, I would think they would be concerned with recruiting and retaining staff. They haven't made me want to stay. Any similar experiences or advice??
Funny how when managers are short-staffed they start pulling stunts like this, huh? We recently lost an EXCELLENT nurse in our ICU because our manager wouldn't let her change from part-time (working 2-12s a week) to full-time (working 2-12s and 1-8 a week). Our hospital policy is that you have to work 32 hrs a week to be full-time (which she would have done). So the nurse manager TOOK A POLL of the nurses working the day she was given this request, and determined that if she "let one person do it, she'd have 6 more lining up to do it." Never mind that these people could not really afford to lose that amount of money a week just to prove a point. When the manager polled me (surprising, since I was still in orientation), I told her that as long as it wasn't on the weekend, I'd pick up that extra 4 hours they'd have to cover each week, so I could always get 40 hours a week(since they won't let us schedule 2-8s and 2-12s to get 40, only 3-12s with an extra 12 every other week).
All the PRN people in ICU (except for 1 on nights) work 7-3 M-F. It is a mad scramble nearly every afternoon to cover these nurses' patients for 4 hours till night shift comes on. At least once a week I get called to come in at 3 and pull a 16. At least if she had let the part-timer go full-time with 32 hours/week and I picked up an extra 4, I'd know in advance when I'd be working a 16 hour shift.
I just started in January as a new grad. When I was hired, I was told there were no openings on days. So I took nights, reluctantly. Once I got on nights (halfway through my 12 week orientation), I realized I loved it and did not want to work days. So then the manager came to we new people and told us that one of us would have to go to day shift (even though they always have more trouble staffing nights than days). No one had quit, been fired, was on maternity leave, or anything! There WAS an opening, she had just been covering it with PRN people for a long time and finally got tired of messing with it.
So I said, OK, I'll go to day shift, even though I don't really like it, if you'll let me work every 3rd weekend instead of every other weekend. That wasn't good enough either, because it wouldn't be fair to everyone else who had to suffer through that first year of working every other weekend, I was told. So now the four new people are alternating day and night shift until the new nurse she hired for day shift gets out of orientation.
It never surprises me anymore when I'm told that a manager is being rigid or unreasonable. But I can't understand why they do it when NO ONE is beating a path to their door for jobs. Every hospital in this area is short handed; I could go to the hospital across town and get more $$, a $5000 sign-on bonus, and better student loan repayment than I'm getting at my present facility. But I'd have to start all over again in the orientation process, and I'm not ready to do that. So I guess I'll stay and take my lumps.
I wish I had some advice to offer rather than just anecdotes that let you know you're not alone. Could you go back to agency nursing? Or refuse all shifts on rehab since you didn't agree to work all or any of your shifts there? If you lay down and take it, I guarantee you will keep getting it!