With all this talk about the nursing shortage in the US (and elsewhere), are hospitals/trusts/whatever they're called serious enough about recruiting nurses that they're offering what we in the UK call, "Term-time only" contracts?
That is, you (being, in most cases, a parent with school-aged children) work only when school is in session? My British NHS trust offers them, and I'm on one at the moment. I figure it must work out well for the hospital, because here, kids are in school about 40 weeks out of 52 (spread fairly evenly through out the year with a summer break of 6 weeks), and most parents on these contracts take little or no other vacation, and very few sick days. Since the NHS offers minimum 4 weeks holiday anyway, they only have to find cover for an additional 5 or 6 weeks, and they get a very motivated employee....
I know from my American childhood, that the US school vacations still are heavily weighted towards summer (12 weeks?) with only a few weeks at winter and spring break.
so, if I decide once I'm qualified, that it really DOES rain too much here, and we should move to California
, could I get a term-time contract?????
Jul 8, '03
That sounds good. Trying to find daycare for vacations and summer breaks is horrible. Do you still get benefits with this type of programs, ie health insurance, etc. I am not familiar with this type of contract in the nursing field. My current job has someting similar that we call seasonal employees. But they don't get any benefits, such as holiday pay, insurance, overtime, etc. If its available all I have to say is sign me up. Berta
Last edit by Berta on Jul 8, '03