The title says it all. I started a new job in Feb. as a night supervisor at a local nursing home. I love it, I truly cannot see myself going back to acute care. I love the elderly, and the consistancy of the pace. However! I took on more than I can bear. I'm seeing that now, having been out of work for the past wk now w/a bug that I just cannot kick. My immune system is shot.
When I signed on for this job, I agreed to a salaried position. Every third wkend on call. This starts Fri at 3pm and lets off on Mon at 7am. However; I work nights... Mon-Fri 11p-7am. This is my first supervisor job and on call is new to me as well. Every nurse is outraged at my working Friday nights AND being on call at the same time. They're telling me I'm being screwed over. I had no idea.. but the more they tell me how it had worked before, the more I'm beginning to believe I'd been taken advantage of d/t my being so new to this.
Anyhow - I believe not one on call wkend has gone by (my turn), that I have not either Had to stay to work 7-3am on Saturday, or try and cover multiple call ins and stress over the fact that I may have to work 24 hrs straight. That hasn't happened yet, and when the time does come around.. I know that'll be my breaking point.
Not to mention.. I do not get a stipened for being on call (they did away w/that recently), and being on salary, I do not get paid straight or overtime. My policy states I can take a day off from my reg schedule within 10 days, if I find coverage. I know, I know.. everyone tells me it is crap. But I have nothing to compare it to, being that I'm so new at this.
So.. on average.. I'm putting in about 50 - 60 hrs a wk at this job. I had asked for a new shift which would make it easier on me, but that is slow going... if going at all. I am so torn because I absolutely LOVE the nurses that I work with, we are like a family, I love the residents immensely, I love being a supervisor... but , I feel a little taken advantage of and it's, well.. like the title says.. killing me.
I also feel a bit like I can't be too choosy because prior to this job, I had been fired from my hospital job. I am a fairly newer nurse, and feel already that I want, NEED, to switch careers.
Any advice or insight would be greatly appreciated.