Holiday rotations... - Page 2Register Today!
- Jun 16, '12 by Ruas61That is just ridiculous. How demeaning for a person and lttle thought to their private life.
- Jun 16, '12 by lockheart678At my hospital, management puts up sign up sheets for each holiday and all staff are required to work one major and one minor holiday each year. We must also take call for one major and one minor. If we don't have enough people sign up, they supposedly draw names from a hat and if your name is picked, you're working the shift, whether you like it or not. One year they actually did that for one holiday and we could all tell by the names "drawn" that it wasn't so random after all. There are some people whose names would never get picked for something like that, which is very ridiculous. Then, last year, we were short staffed so the new rule was that we had to work two minor holidays (I can't remember if that was an issue by the time the majors came around). I was out after having shoulder surgery during Memorial day, and shortly after I came back, my supervisor was telling me I had to work the night of July 4 because I didn't work Memorial day. Again, not so random.
The people who enforce these rules at my hospital don't have to take a drop of call or work any holidays. It's really sad that, in a time of severe need, management won't do a thing to step in and ease the pressure. To me, if they can't do my job, then they should not be supervising me. I think all of them actually can do the job though and they just choose not to help out.
- Jun 16, '12 by edmiaI guess we do it by seniority with the regular schedule. There is a block of time when no one can take vacation - from thanksgiving to right after new year. I personally volunteer to work Xmas eve and day and have new year eve and day off. Not Christian, so it really doesn't matter to me.
- Jun 16, '12 by Mandychelle79Our recognized holidays are
New Years Day, Martin Luther King Jr Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas.
We work every other, with the ability to trade if we want. When we work the holiday we get either the day before or the day after off. Holiday schedule takes priority over weekend. So if you are supposed to have the weekend off but your holiday to work falls on that weekend, you work that day
- Jun 17, '12 by Bec7074Everyone -thanks for the replies!
Amo -not union. I'm not even sure there are unions for nurses in my state.
I can't do anything about the senior nurses not having to work holidays, as it's the policy of my entire organization. The specifics of the holiday rotations, however are unit-based. The biggest argument I would have to overcome is that the way it is done now, we have guaranteed staffing. If you do some kind of blocks, it leaves holes (which then creates more work for managers and shift coordinators to fill). I did the math. We staff 12 + Charge and in 3 blocks, it's about 9 nurses. My other obstacle is that many of the nurses on our unit Scheduling Committee are older and have local families, so it works out for them. They are the people i need to convince. They just aren't going to buy it if they only have 9 guaranteed nurses per night.
I'm going to think about all the responses and hopefully we can make one work!! Thanks again!!
- Jun 17, '12 by woohThere's no good way to do it. Someone will complain about anything you do. The only real solution is to shut down the hospital on holidays, but I doubt that's going to happen.
- Jun 17, '12 by JordanRoseAt my former employer, it was suppose to be every other holiday. Never worked that way though. It basically depended on how much your manager liked you. One nurse in our unit had not worked Christmas Day in 7 years. I was getting nailed every other Christmas. I tried to discuss it with the manager, but it went no where.
Like a previous poster stated, there is never a good way to do it. Someone is going to be unhappy, no matter what.
- Jun 17, '12 by Ruby Veewe have seven holidays and work every other. if you work christmas, you also work christmas eve and boxing day. new year's includes both dec 31 and jan 1. etc. i know years in advance which holidays i'll have off. obviously you won't be seeing out of town family the year you work christmas, but you could go and spend thanksgiving with them. or, as we're doing this year, invite them to come and spend christmas with you.
the other point i wanted to make is that there's nothing magical about december 25. if you want to spend "christmas" with you're family in timbuktu and you're working december 25, why not declare december 14 to be "christmas" and gather the whole family around on that day? i can see that there won't be any new year's eve parties on january 3, but usually that's not a important holiday to folks with families, so those who do want to celebrate don't usually have trouble getting off. especially if they're willing to trade for christmas.