Need to vent...being volunteered by someone else to do overtime...WHAT?! - page 4

by uRNmyway 6,972 Views | 51 Comments

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... Read More


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    Why not turn the tables on the NM? "I can't be in at 7am but can work 3-7. I'm sure the NM would be happy to take her turn picking up the early shift."
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    I have to say I do understand the OP's fear about "the stack of resumes" - when I started PDN in 2004 they were constantly short of nurses. Now they have many more than they need and are hiring lots of new grads at bottom-of-the-barrel wages.
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    Quote from hiddencatRN
    Why not turn the tables on the NM? "I can't be in at 7am but can work 3-7. I'm sure the NM would be happy to take her turn picking up the early shift."
    Oh, I LIKE!!!!
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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...
    ..

    Solution is very very simple.....CALLER ID...
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    If there is a stack of resumes waiting to be hired, why isn't there someone hired to do this weekend thing on a regular basis? Because they are trying to screw you into doing it, that is why. Say no.
    Last edit by JustBeachyNurse on Oct 8, '12 : Reason: ToS profanity
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    If it's only one day, is it really that big of a deal? I realize it's Sunday, and that someone else volunteered you, which is kind of a bummer. However, if it's only one day, I would just suck it up and do it. If it's permanent or extended period of time, I would do it once and request that they find someone else because you have plans you cannot change, etc. Be clear, though, whichever you choose. Sorry you were put in that position!
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    don't know about smaller facilities, but in my hospital if the first person on the list says no we keep calling. I used to get called a lot because I live so close to the hospital. I think some people interpreted that as I did not have a life so I would not mind. I minded. I finally got caller ID (this was before cell phones). As for the other person, tell them directly that you are not automatically available. Sounds like they are taking advantage. For all you know, someone else might want or need the OT pay.
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    Yeah, it really is a matter of abuse. I drive 70 miles both ways to get to work every day. We had a HH patient who had 24h LPN care that ended today to be replaced with daily visit for IV ABX. So my boss TOLD me that I needed to go do this M-F. But he lives 35 miles from the office. When I expressed concern over the amount of daily mileage that was, she basically said too bad, you knew what the job would be (incidentally, that is NOT what I was hired for. I was supposed to be temporarily in the office then be placed in the field with a permanent case).
    Then, after asking her for a day off to replace the day I worked Sunday that I wont be paid overtime for because the owner told me to, she said I was asking for too much time off (as the owner has been telling me to do) and that it would affect my work attendance records. I could just scream half the time I have to enter her office because I know how frustrated I am going to be by the time I leave!
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    It is nice that you have helped them out on Sunday's before.

    You should not be scheduled for Sunday's without your approval unless your contract indicates that weekend work possibility.

    The owner's inadequate staffing to cover RN duties on the weekend are NOT your responsibility and you should not feel guilty about taking your weekend time off as planned.
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    You are under no obligation to answer the phone on your time off. Unless you want the overtime hours. Otherwise, I just would not even answer. If they say something to you at work on Fridays, I would say "sorry, I have plans this weekend". And leave it at that.


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