Need to vent...being volunteered by someone else to do overtime...WHAT?!

  1. 0 So for the second weekend in a row, the NM at the HH agency where I work basically volunteers MY services to do the early morning shift on Sundays. This is besides the fact that I already work M-F 8-5. She gets the owner to call me and say that they really need me to go because someone called in sick. That the NM said she would go in from 3-7pm if *I* went in from 7-3. "You don't need to go in, but we REALLY need you to go." I mean, come on. When the owner of the company you work for says that, can you even say no?

    Ok, end rant...
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    About uRNmyway

    uRNmyway has 'Roughly 5 years.' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Med-surg, mother-baby'. From 'Somewhere'; Joined Jan '12; Posts: 1,163; Likes: 2,266.

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  3. Visit  Sparrowhawk profile page
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    yes you can.
    KelRN215, Crux1024, tewdles, and 8 others like this.
  4. Visit  hiddencatRN profile page
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    "I'm sorry, but I'm not available."
    Jessy_RN, tewdles, netglow, and 4 others like this.
  5. Visit  uRNmyway profile page
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    I understand, but I see how many resumes for nurses come in the office, nurses desperate for work. I am kind of reluctant to blow them off when someone would give their first born child to get a job in this economy...
    opossum, DSkelton711, and imintrouble like this.
  6. Visit  AZMOMO2 profile page
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    Well I guess its a good thing to feel valued enough that they would suggest you. Of course with that being said, there is a thing called burn out and you can't say yes all the time, despite all of those other nurses out there looking for work.
    KelRN215 and tewdles like this.
  7. Visit  uRNmyway profile page
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    I would love to think that it was about my nursing skills being valued. If only I knew that it wasn't just because they are completely stuck and none of the field staff can go. And since we are only 2 Rns and one LPN in the office, my NM being the other RN, there isnt much of an option for them.
    imintrouble likes this.
  8. Visit  BlueDevil,DNP profile page
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    Well, I agree with Hiddencat except I'd leave out the "I'm sorry" part. I never apologize for other people's presumptions. I would not answer my phone for those calls, for one thing. I really do not understand why people feel compelled to answer the phone on their off hours. When they catch you in person, I'd just say, "No, I'm not interested in any additional hours right now." Do not explain, do not make excuses. Just say no. That's it. Anything else, and it falls on you, not on anyone else.
    VanLpn, KelRN215, elprup, and 14 others like this.
  9. Visit  itsnowornever profile page
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    I get where you are coming from! I'd feel bad too! However, it is the owners business and if he won't hire a PRN or on call nurse, it's not your problem! Say no twice, yes once, no twice, yes once....etc
    imintrouble, SHGR, and anotherone like this.
  10. Visit  Kitsey profile page
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    Caller ID I never answer my phone if I don't want extra hours.
    not.done.yet, KelRN215, aileenve, and 10 others like this.
  11. Visit  hiddencatRN profile page
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    Sounds like they need more staff. Why not hire some prns from those stacks of resumes? Til you start saying no there's not much motivation to do so since the schedule is getting filled.
    tewdles, brandy1017, VivaLasViejas, and 10 others like this.
  12. Visit  merlee profile page
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    Saying 'no' ocassionally should not jeopardize your job. If you have other plans, tell them. Ask for double time, or time off during the week if they think they may need you over the weekend.

    Don't let them abuse you.
    tewdles, joanna73, FLArn, and 6 others like this.
  13. Visit  anotherone profile page
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    Quote from Jeweles26
    I understand, but I see how many resumes for nurses come in the office, nurses desperate for work. I am kind of reluctant to blow them off when someone would give their first born child to get a job in this economy...
    well that is the risk you take. that is it. nothing will chAnge. where i work we are illegally mandated. no one speaks out too loudly. one did and has since left. I dont think it was completely voluntary either
    imintrouble likes this.
  14. Visit  nursel56 profile page
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    Quote from Jeweles26
    So for the second weekend in a row, the NM at the HH agency where I work basically volunteers MY services to do the early morning shift on Sundays. This is besides the fact that I already work M-F 8-5. She gets the owner to call me and say that they really need me to go because someone called in sick. That the NM said she would go in from 3-7pm if *I* went in from 7-3. "You don't need to go in, but we REALLY need you to go." I mean, come on. When the owner of the company you work for says that, can you even say no?

    Ok, end rant...
    I had a co-worker who would use that tactic, that I believe is quite manipulative - because if you say no you risk the owner seeing you as the lone obstructionist and not a team player while the other nurse looks selfless.

    If it is truly a coincidence that this happened two weekends in a row and you expect they will be hiring more reliable weekend back-up I'd let it slide - if on the other hand they are happy to stretch the existing staff thin as a matter of normal business operations you have every right to say something about it. They may assume you want overtime hours.

    If it goes on I can guarantee you won't really enjoy your days off because you never know if it will be interrupted due to someone calling in "sick". When you then hear the actual bs reason they called in it just makes it worse. Oh, you were stuck in Las Vegas, huh? I guess you forgot what you told the manager?

    If your NM and owner are not aware of your feelings on this I see no reason not to bring it up. I doubt they would fire you on the spot just for discussing it with them.
    joanna73 likes this.

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