How is this fair? - page 2

Just wanted to get some opinions on this and am hoping everyone feels the same as myself and the rest of the staff where I work. What do u all think of a boss who says she can't work the day after... Read More

  1. by   MIA-RN1
    I didn't even know nurse managers work the floor regularly. I thought they had all holidays off........
  2. by   Simplepleasures
    So, who is her boss?
  3. by   Mulan
    Quote from CoopergrrlRN
    I didn't even know nurse managers work the floor regularly. I thought they had all holidays off........

    where I've worked they do (have all the holidays off), and they don't work the floor

    and, of course, take vacation whenever they want it
  4. by   ceecel.dee
    Quote from Mulan
    and, of course, take vacation whenever they want it
    I assume that they have earned the time off.
    Her mistake, as stated above, was giving you-all the reason she was taking the vacation days. At the very least, it a weak excuse for "needing" the days off. We all have had to deal with this issue over the years. It's a stressor for every one of us.
    I understand your irritation over her pronouncement; that said, nurse managers are people too.
  5. by   Mulan
    Quote from ceecel.dee
    I assume that they have earned the time off.
    Her mistake, as stated above, was giving you-all the reason she was taking the vacation days. At the very least, it a weak excuse for "needing" the days off. We all have had to deal with this issue over the years. It's a stressor for every one of us.
    I understand your irritation over her pronouncement; that said, nurse managers are people too.

    I'm not the original poster and I'm not irritated at all. :roll
  6. by   Quickbeam
    Time off and child care are such sensitive issues in nursing, I'd expect any NM to use better sense than the OP's example.

    I will say the best manager I ever had was a hospital administrator who came in at 4 AM each work day to touch base with every night shift charge nurse. He was amazing. I think nurses who become NMs are too eager to get normal hours and get very rigid and strident about never working a holiday, night or weekend again. I'm not picking on them...I've been a NM...I just have seen an inflexibility in NMs that I've not seen in managers in my other careers.
  7. by   leslie :-D
    in spite of perceived benefits, you could not pay me enough to be a nm.

    leslie
  8. by   XB9S
    I work in the UK and I am told my my senior managment that I am not allowed to work holidays, as I am too expensive to pay the enhancments to. The few occasions that I have because someone needs emergency leave and I have covered it rather that pull someone who is off duty in I have been told off for overspending on my budget
  9. by   RNOTODAY
    Because management is not direct care, and as mgmnt, she does have that option, sorry.
  10. by   Simplepleasures
    YES! What we need is the priveleges of rank!Lets ALL be managers and leave the nursing to the facility owners, oh Im losing it now.
  11. by   Dixiecup
    Quote from Tweety
    Her mistake was offering her "excuse" for not working because as you say, it invites other people so claim the same thing. She should have taken the days off without having to explain to you why, it's not your business.

    My manager has to work 4 hours as house supervisor on Xmas Day but has all the holidays off and the days after.

    Her unit, the one I work on is open 24 hours a day during the holidays and it's up to us, not her to staff during those hours. I don't begruge her having a few bennies because otherwise her job sucks.
    I totally agree. She should have just scheduled herself off and that would have been explanation enough. I worked long and hard up the ladder to my management position.

    I don't work any holidays and I take extra days off with them. I've worked more than my share of holidays and now I'm in a position where I don't have to, so I don't.
  12. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Military here. Lived more than 1000-2000 mi from all our families for years and just learned I had to work around dh's schedule and deployments. Sitters? Ha every time we got to know some, they moved, being military also. Also, daycare centers are not open nights/weekends/holidays. BUT we worked it out. So NOPE I never used the "excuse" that I had no sitter, even though it was extraordinarily hard at times to get it all together. We did make good friends who could help and reciprocated with them.

    Does this woman not have friends? Family? Sounds fishy. Amazing how it worked out that she is taking herself off for the holidays.

    And I have a hard time w/management who won't chip in one bit just during holidays to help out----the things it does for morale, amazing, when they do. Like Tweety said, she is providing a lousy example to follow.
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Nov 21, '06
  13. by   maryloufu
    Quote from hhrhrn41

    What do u all think of a boss who says she can't work the day after x-mas b/c she doesn't have a sitter? I was so mad and wanted to ask her what about the rest of the staff who have children and daycare is closed??? Now she just informed us that she doesn't have a sitter for Jan 2nd too!!! So, this means she will be off x-mas eve, x-mas day, dec 26, ny eve and day and the day after!
    Maybe instead of saying she can't work those days she meant that she planned to be off with her children. I am glad to work days when my NM is off. Less stress.

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