How is this fair? - page 3

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   cowboyRN
    Personnally I prefer it when the bosses are not around. Makes life a lot more enjoyable. I guess I work nights for a reason.
  2. by   ERNP
    Quote from hhrhrn41
    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 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!!!

    I know some of u may think this is petty but I'm just really ticked off right now about this. I understand there are perks to being a NM but sheesh, have a little consideration for your staff!!! I know of someone who doesn't know how she is going to work her scheduled shift the day after thanksgiving due to no sitter but was told she has to be there or find someone to switch. Why is is that all of a sudden when u become a NM that you can make up all these stupid rules but somehow they just never apply to yourself??!!!

    Ok, there, I'm done with my vent. Opinions much appreciated.
    Sometimes life just ain't fair. The End.
  3. by   night owl
    Quote from cowboyRN
    Personnally I prefer it when the bosses are not around. Makes life a lot more enjoyable. I guess I work nights for a reason.
    THANK YOU!
  4. by   brendamyheart
    Quote from Dixiecup
    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.
    Very good point!
  5. by   brendamyheart
    Quote from night owl
    THANK YOU!
    I am a nurse manager. Were I work, if the nurses did their job, they would not feel this way M-F
  6. by   brendamyheart
    Would any one be a nurse manager. Doese anyone know what they go thru? Walk the talk if you can!
  7. by   puggymae
    In the words of my former Nurse Manager - "Nobody ever said it was going to be fair or that YOU were going to like it." Followed by "and if you don't like it feel free to tender your resignation at any time, you found this job, I am certain you will find another."
  8. by   Simplepleasures
    Quote from brendamyheart
    I am a nurse manager. Were I work, if the nurses did their job, they would not feel this way M-F
    Oh give me a break, there are many EXCELLENT nurses out there that feel exactly this way and for good reason, which has nothing to do with the quality of their work!
  9. by   brendamyheart
    Quote from ingelein
    Oh give me a break, there are many EXCELLENT nurses out there that feel exactly this way and for good reason, which has nothing to do with the quality of their work!
    I stated in my post, "were I work". Only referring to the placeI work, not nurses in general.
  10. by   SchnauzersRock
    Quote from NRSKarenRN
    Being a manager is no easy task. Telling someone they CAN'T have off is the hardest part of my job I've found. Like trauma, my DH and I alternated holiday scehdules, I worked eve, nights and 12/12 WE shift with minimal babysitting coverage from neighbor's and no grandparent's to help.

    NM do get a little more flexability in days off, hrs arriving and departing but also get the lovely job of filling in for staff shortages too in many facilities.

    If NM coverage in facility is mandatory and NM doesn't schedule coverage, then they are sending entirely wrong message to staff.......and shouldn't be supprised when call-outs occur those days.

    The last place I worked had the world's worst managers. It was tough sh*t if you had to work short. They didn't come out to the floor to help and were always trying to get floor nurses to "take call" for them so they wouldn't have to come in on thier weekends off. I always said no, because the way I figure it, if you want that manager job so bad, you have to deal with the same crap I have to.
  11. by   caliotter3
    I decided a long time ago not to worry about the work schedules of others, unless there was a direct negative impact on me. If I expected fair treatment when it comes to scheduling I would be sorely disappointed quite often and suffer stress because of worrying about it. I'm just happy to be working at all. It is so easy to be on the outside looking in when it comes to employment.
  12. by   bagladyrn
    I'm willing to bet that the OP is pretty young. I used to hear this "It's not fair" bit from my son concerning jobs when he was first starting out. (Now he's in the military and long since lost any illusions about that!)
    This may sound harsh, but this is reality: You need to just accept that life, and work, are not going to be "fair". There are some times where rules are agreed upon that you can demand be held to, but there will always be times when you perceive that someone else gets a better deal, and times when you are on the "winning end". And you don't really have any say in the schedule that your work supervisor gets - not your place! As for having child care issues - that is your personal issue, not the responsibility of the facility. The great majority of us have "been there, done that", so we really do know what we are saying about the issue of child care (single parent from time my son was 1 1/2). It's great when the facility can accomodate you (remembering that this automatically makes it "less fair" for someone else) but it's not up to them to do so. I understand that this sounds heartless, but although I'm the first one to flex my schedule to help out a coworker, it's my choice, not my obligation.
    I once had a head nurse who really put her staff first - worked the holidays, came in on off shifts when others called in or when the census went up during the shift, rearranged her schedule to cover when someone wanted vacation or had a last minute request. She also "went to bat" for her staff with management on a regular basis. Guess what? Big surprise - she totally burned out - fried crispy! She ended up leaving not only the position, but also the facility and we lost not only a caring manager but a good nurse because everyone demanded so much of her and she tried too hard to be "fair".
  13. by   pagandeva2000
    Gosh...another old thread returning to life...

    When working on the floors as a nurse, it is already known that weekends and holidays are mandatory. Maybe not each holiday, but it is known that nurses have to consider the fact that each person wants their own turn. I probably would be planning in advance to make these plans. I did as an aide. I knew that I had to work on certain holidays, so, I made sure that either my mother or son's father made themselves available. It's not fair to do this to everyone each holiday. We are all entitled to spend time with our families and one person's commitment is not to be taken over the others.

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