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 comfortable enough to take on what the assignment might be. I'm afraid they'll put me where they're most desparate, and probably a large patient load. My thought has been that once I'm more comfortable, I'd LOVE to take on more shifts but just not yet.
However, today I spoke to a friend who also just got her 1st job and she said she's been accepting every shift they ask for because she's afraid if she doesn't, she won't pass probation (4 months for both of us). The downside for her, though, is that she's so inexperienced and slow that she's already been written up a few times! She and I don't know what to do: accept the extra shifts to help secure our employment after probation? or decline them until we're more sure of ourselves? Your input on this will be appreciated.