How important is it to accept extra shift work? - page 2

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Last month I began work at a nursing home as an LPN. I've been called at home several times already asking if I'd go in and work another shift because they're short-staffed. Each time I have declined because I do not yet feel... Read More


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    If you would like to work, why don't you accept a shift and see how it goes? I would not say yes each and every time unless I really wanted to work, but it can't hurt to do it once in awhile. You would definitely be adding to your experience if you accept the extra shifts. You could also explore the possibility of taking your most secure assignment if you do come in. I've heard lots of times that people who come in get to work where they want. Doesn't hurt to ask.
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    Just say "I'm sorry I have plans" if you need your day off.

    You will get brownie points for working extra once in a while but you don't have to do it if you don't want to. Staffing coordinators have a lot of power in most places, it's good to make friends with these people.

    If you want to pick up an extra shift, and you don't want to be pulled say "is this for my unit?" Get them to promise to assign you to your home unit but don't act like a princess "I would really like to stick with the patients that I know" yadayada...

    They need a warm body to fill a hole in their staffing and they don't want to be on the phone all day so don't be afraid to speak up.
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    I remember when I was an LPN at first I used to do so much OT because I needed the extra shifts (they messed up and told me I was going to be full time, when in actuality they hired me for per diem) I did OT so much the supervisors loved me, but when I backed off on the OT it was as if they thought I was obligated to do OT and they would kinda give me a hard time. Don't work there anymore lol.
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    I, personally, never pick up an extra shift. I soo look forward to my nights off and need my sanity. I refuse to be spread too thin. I work my 3 nights a week and that's it! I've been with the hospital for 3 years and am a great worker, never call in sick, do a great job. Don't worry about it! Say no or screen your calls!
    inforn43 likes this.
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    Quote from schooldistrictnurse
    Gator, do not rely on other staff to correctly ID residents--if they (and then you) make an error, they can reply"oops" and you're stuck with the error. utilize arm bands or resident photos if your facility uses them in the MAR.

    Our facility uses photos. I usually find the resident whom I think is in the photo and more verify that it is the correct resident. Some of the photos are out dated and the resident has shaved, grown facial hair, grown older, ect.. and they no longer look like the photo. Updated photos have been requested. As of yet I have not seen any.

    Thanks for looking out for me. We did have a new grad recently get let go for passing the wrong meds to three different residents.
    DizzyLizzyNurse likes this.
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    when you signed your contract to work there did it say anything about mandatory overtime? if not then you only have to do your required hours. as long as you are doing quality work it shouldn't matter if you pick up extra shifts. besides if they are already short staffed i doubt they would fire you after probation unless you were completely incompetent! one thing to keep in mind though is if you are even in a bind and need a day off they are more inclined to help you out if you're a team player. but don't ever feel like you have to pick up extra shifts. good luck!
    onthemark likes this.
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    Where I work, those who say "yes" to the extras get special treatment.
    Christmas and Xmas eve off.
    Four day w/e.
    Any day off they request.
    I've never feared for my job because I refuse, but I also know I'm not first on the list for 3 day holiday w/e either.
    I'm a realist. The boss has to keep the yes employees happy or they might start saying no.
    onthemark likes this.
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    I don't think they are going to invest all that energy into training you and working with you through your probation only to terminate you because you don't pick up extra shifts. If they are short of staff why would they get rid of a nurse who has jumped through all the hoops only to start from scratch with an unknown?

    Say yes if you want to work and no if you don't. Your friend's experience is a cautionary tale. Take good care of yourself while you are learning the ropes, and don't put yourself in a situation where you feel like you might make a mistake.
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    I'm part-time, I'm a yes person I picked up so many shifts between Oct and end of December that I have full-time hours. I'm the first person they call for an available shift
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    I think picking up an occasional shift when asked because someone is sick, etc., is good. It shows you are a team player and will help your unit. IMHO, the problem arises when you are scheduled or asked to do overtime every week as a way to meet staffing needs on a regular basis, and you are pressured into doing this.


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