I'm sorry but I don't completely agree with you on this. If a person needs to take time off for health, family or for financial reasons and feel stuck then I think its up to the managers and hospital to at least TRYYYYYYY to accommodate them. I was stressed out and really need some extra time off (wanted to one shift less per week). We end up working more than full time, because of how our scheduals are. Instead of five days a week we work five days one week and six days about every third week. My manager was less than helpful however. Stress is bad for health, and I know PERSONALLY that bad finances are a HUGE STRESS.
If she needs to save up money, and she is able to find a more efficient way of doing it in the short term then she should be able to do it. On top of that perhaps she is willing to work overtime but the extra wages would help her more. If she's a good employee then why make her feel bad. People have LIVES outside of work. Thats the one thing I never got about nurses. Even DOCTORS talk about life out of work, they work hard but can afford to take tons of time off to do stuff with family, and for themselves. We as nurses work super hard, and get very little appeciation in many places. I am already thinking of going to alternative hospitals at this point because my manager was more concerned about the bottom line and her position than her coworkers as a whole. She wasn't even intimidating, she just didnt' care enough to help improve working conditions or about the health of her staff. Nonetheless I made a commitment when I started a job on her floor, and I maintained that commitment. Many people told me to leave, that I could find a better job. I was loyal however. Now we have a new manager and its worst because she's NOT NICE and doesn't even make time for anyone unless she wants to give bad news. Why should I feel loyal to an employer like that.
As for Tiny Nurse, do you have to have this job secured for you. Can't you do what you need to do and then just reapply, to other floors and hospitals ?
Anyhow, Thats just my little rant on it.
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If your unit is so short-staffed and so busy ... why can't you work a little overtime to earn the extra money for the down payment?
I can understand the manager's point-of-view as well as yours. She doesn't want staff to "come and go" every year or so. She needs staff she can count on. Every time you "come and go," it causes a problem for her. She wants you to make a decision and stick with it before she invests more in you. That's not intimidation, that's honesty -- telling you that continual coming and going and a lack of committment will come with a penalty.
In the long run, you may be better off picking up some extra hours with your current employer and building your savings to buy your house. That way, you will build good will and also seniority that might translate into benefits later. Constantly coming and going makes you look unreliable and a poor risk -- both for lenders and for employers.
I'd talk with the manager about the possibilities of earning some extra money working for her before I burned my bridges in a workplace where you like your job and your co-workers.