How much vacation time do you get? - page 2

Hi All, I am a nursing student right now but I work full time at a hospital... I work in an administrative position. I currently get 24 vacation days a year. Yes, a lot... and I love it. My... Read More

  1. by   gwenith
    6 weeks paid leave + 10 days sick leave + Long service leave (Kicks in after you have been there 10 years and you get 1 week per year for every year of service - cumulative )
  2. by   RNsRWe
    I get 3 weeks my first year, plus some holiday,sick and personal time: nothing stellar. Then again, nothing too shabby either, judging by what my non-nursing friends get in the corporate world! I *think* the time off increases at three years, but not sure. Didn't matter.

    They pay better than other places, I think, but they want you to BE there to EARN it!
  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    As much as I want. I work Per diem! And I take PLENTY; life is short. I work and play hard.
  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    It's amazing to me how much better people in Places like Australia do.......the workers in the USA definately work too hard and too long hours.
  5. by   clee1
    Quote from TazziRN
    Depends on how much I work. I accrue PTO hours according to how many hours worked in a pay period.....pretty steady for full timers, can vary for parttimers or if overtime is worked.
    Me too.

    I have been on the job 94 days, and have already banked 60 hours worth of PTO.

    Hey... I kinda like the thought of taking a day or two off now and then.
  6. by   Mithrah
    I accrue 8 paid time off (PTO) hours every two week pay period regardless of how many hours I worked. So that equals 208 hours a year, or 17.3 days off each year.

    I hardly take PTO because I get to self schedule myself at work and I can schedule myself to have 9 days off in a row without taking time off. I just have to work 6 days in a two week pay period.

    We get the option at Christmas time to cash out our PTO hours, but we have to keep available a min. of 40 hours worth.

    PTO hours are also used as sick days.
  7. by   MemphisOBRNC
    6+ weeks per year. Ours is also based on the hours worked and the number of years you have been at the hospital. I get 13% of my hours worked. WORKED is the key word here. In other words, I accumulate time on the productive hours but not the non-productive, i.e. vacation, sick time, bereavement etc.
  8. by   smilin_gp
    5 weeks for full time at the VA. Problem is, have to schedule around other people's PTO as a newbie, so I doubt I'll be able to use much for awhile.
  9. by   catlady
    The last place I worked didn't give vacation for two years. After the first year, you could take a week, but if you left before the end of the second year, you had to pay it back. You had to work there five years before you got paid on your first sick day. Yeccch.

    I've been on my new job for five weeks and already I have more time on the books than I had at that place.
  10. by   LeahJet
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    As much as I want. I work Per diem! And I take PLENTY; life is short. I work and play hard.
    That is so true.
    I don't think anyone will be on their deathbed thinking..."gee, wish I would've worked more!"
  11. by   Plagueis
    I get 12 days per year, and this is after a year of employment as a CNA. The LPNs and RNs here get the same amount of time, and this doesn't increase until after 10 years of employment, when it goes up to 15 days per year.
  12. by   Gompers
    It depends on your hospital. Some do separate sick and vacation banks, others have combined PTO (paid time off) banks. This can affect how much time you have. Full time is 36-40 hours a week in most places (since nurses working 3 12-hour shifts as full-time has become popular). If you work full-time, you get full-time benefits such as more sick and vacation time, plus cheaper health insurance. If you drop to part-time (anything under 36 hours a week) you get less benefits and often have to pay more for your health insurance per month.

    Where I am, we get 3 weeks of vacation time a year to start. After 10 years, it jumps to 4, and after 20 years you get 5 weeks a year. We also get 2 "personal" days a year, 2 "education" days per year, 1 "doctor visit" day per year, and 9-10 "holidays" as well.

    In the end, starting as a nurse in my hospital you get about 29-30 days off per year right off the bat, and that doesn't even include sick time.

    We start getting sick time right away, a few hours per pay period, so if you need to use it it's available very soon. We can't take any vacation time for 6 months, and at that point get 1-1/2 weeks in a lump that is available to us. After that, it just builds up each pay period to equal 3 weeks per year.
    Last edit by Gompers on Aug 15, '06
  13. by   Gompers
    Quote from RNsRWe
    Then again, nothing too shabby either, judging by what my non-nursing friends get in the corporate world!
    I often try and compare myself with my friends who have "normal" office jobs and think they have it sooooo good because they work regular hours. They tell me how sorry they feel for me that I have to work long 12-hour shifts, not to mention nights and weekends and how horrible that must be.

    I always tell them that they basically have to work 260 days a year (5 days a week x 52 weeks a year) minus, say, 20 days a year for vacation time or holidays. So they work 240 days a year on average...

    I work 3 12's a week (3x52=156 days a year) and when all the math is done to convert my vacation/personal/holiday time into 12-hour shifts, I still get about 20 days off per year. Soooo....

    In the end, I only have to work about 136 days a year.


    Now whose schedule looks better? :spin:

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