I am "one of those perdiem people who cant stand to be torn away from my kids for more than 4 hours at a time" during the week..... SO WHAT, GET OVER IT! I agree, montroyal. NURSING IS NOT THE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY IN MY LIFE: MY FAMILY IS! AND IT STAYS THAT WAY! I LOVE those 3p-7p shifts and they pad my checks nicely..... besides,
HEY, I do a lot of favors for the "regular" staff who don't want to work 12 hours, or want a day off to shop, handle personal affairs or WHATEVER (I don't ask). I like this; it works for me and works for them. We were taught flexibility was KEY to a successful nursing career way back in school. I could not agree more. I make my situation work for me and apparantly the regular staff don't have a problem w/it. I am called several times a week to help fill in holes or work for someone. It works for them. I like being home when my son goes off to school in the morning, to ensure he eats a good breakfast and gets encouragement to face the day EACH day. I like being with my 3 year old most the time cause let's face it, they grow up too fast and I don't want to look back and wish I had been there more when they were little. I would much rather they spend the majority of their time with ME, not a daycare provider. So, in this way it works for me.
Besides, especially in an aging work force, 12's dont' WORK FOR EVERYONE; not EVERYONE Can HANDLE working on their feet, lifting, moving, pulling, pushing, tugging, towing 1000s of pounds of people, machinery and equipment each day. That same 12 hours spent at a DESK would be easier to take for many...but not an option in nursing. It takes it toll on even HEALTHY BODIES; just as any physiotherapist. So, why leave them out? I think a self-scheduling unit who has perdiem help and are flexible can work it out so everyone is "somewhat", at least, happy. And as the shortage grows more, I see flexibility in scheduling and other matters as one of the few saving graces that will keep some folks there. I just know no way will I work 3 12's in a row; I have no desire to be used up and worn out young, having learned from watching my senior coworkers.