As a Nurse our whole lives revolve round our schedule - page 2

by madwife2002 Asst. Admin

It is time off! We love our time off! We want our days off to be in a row of at least 2 and we want to have every other weekend off. We donít want to work every holiday, every weekend and every Friday night week in and... Read More


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    Quote from nhnursie
    Just a thought on those without kids not wanting to work holidays....I live 250 miles from my family. They do not travel (little kids/fire department shifts, older kids involved with Thanksgiving day sports (football)....so if I dont travel, I have the holiday alone...yes, there are many folks who would be more than glad to have me but it is not the same. So it is not just the person without kids being selfish....sometimes they are far lonlier than you know.
    I agree 100%. I live far from my family, too...over 1200 miles from my immediate family and nearly 2000 miles from my extended family. My only "family" here my husband, who is also in the military.
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    Quote from merlee
    As a Jewish nurse, I volunteered for nearly every Christmas eve and Christmas Day for many, many years. While my family was off from school and work, I was at work, or on-call. But I had to beg for my own holidays off, using my paid time off to cover them when I could even get them off. I cannot recall one single time that anyone ever volunteered to work those days for me, even refusing to switch a weekday off, like a Wednesday for a Thursday.

    One year I was forced to work on Yom Kippur (our holiest day) because no one would switch.

    Unfortunately for all of us in 24/7 occupations, holidays are part and parcel of what is expected. I only ever wanted New Year's eve off when I was single!

    There are ways that seem more fair than others for scheduling, but those who are at work need to make the best of it, no matter what.
    Just wanted to say I would have switched with you.....
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    This is the way it went for us in the hospital where I will be an employee for just 20 more days!: If Thanksgiving, New Years, New Years Eve, Labor Day, and Easter fall on your normally scheduled pattern, you work it, unless you can find someone to swap. Kind of stinks to work Thanksgiving for 7 straight years, but then you have it off for 7 straight years! Everyone worked either Christmas or Christmas Eve, and it rotated year to year. I worked Christmas Day last year, so this year would have been my year for Christmas Eve. You work you normal shift (nights, days, evenings) and you only work 8 hours. No 12s on these two days. Names were drawn out of a hat to see if who got to be low censused if they needed to call someone off. If you got low census one year, your name was left out of the drawing the next year.

    I liked it. It was predictable and fair.
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    Quote from merlee
    As a Jewish nurse, I volunteered for nearly every Christmas eve and Christmas Day for many, many years. While my family was off from school and work, I was at work, or on-call. But I had to beg for my own holidays off, using my paid time off to cover them when I could even get them off. I cannot recall one single time that anyone ever volunteered to work those days for me, even refusing to switch a weekday off, like a Wednesday for a Thursday.

    One year I was forced to work on Yom Kippur (our holiest day) because no one would switch.

    Unfortunately for all of us in 24/7 occupations, holidays are part and parcel of what is expected. I only ever wanted New Year's eve off when I was single!

    There are ways that seem more fair than others for scheduling, but those who are at work need to make the best of it, no matter what.
    I'm so sad to hear that. I would have volunteered for you if I'd been one of your coworkers!
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    This is one of the reasons I am planning to leave hospital nursing. I want a normal schedule.
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    Where I work, we have several people who have other jobs. Many of them somehow think that if they work Thanksgiving at their other job, they should have Christmas off at this one...otherwise, they would end up working every holiday. Personally, I don't mind working holidays. My family is more than willing and able to celebrate Thanksgiving on the Monday or Tuesday before and we can always celebrate Christmas on the 27th. I like the holiday pay and the low census and the free meal from the kitchen. I do not like the sense of entitlement because someone has a second job or is a single mom or doesn't have transportation because their roommate (who drives them everywhere) is going out of town.
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    Quote from flashpoint
    Where I work, we have several people who have other jobs. Many of them somehow think that if they work Thanksgiving at their other job, they should have Christmas off at this one...otherwise, they would end up working every holiday.
    WHAT????!!!!!
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