Overtime - page 2

Hey guys, I had a couple of general questions regarding overtime. Is there a specific specialty/type of nurse that sees overtime more so than others? I've spoken with some nurses and they say that... Read More

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    Curious minds want to know......do you want overtime....need a lot of money? Or do you hope you don't get into an area where a lot of overtime is required or expected?

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    I'd love the opportunity to gain more experience and knab extra cash if I ever needed it. So I was just a curious cat wondering about the specifics behind attaining it. Thanks for all the posts guys, so helpful!
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    I'd say look at PRN or agency for extra cash. One hospital system I worked for had its own in house agency and could send nurses to several hospitals. But then they got into a huge fight with an insurance company and censuses dropped and many of those agency nurses looked elsewhere. That was a rough summer. That dispute is long since past and the agency is hiring like crazy.
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    It will depend on the hospital or medical facility that you work for. It will also depend on the policy and procedures.
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    I start my first job as a nurse in January, and I'm actually required to work OT every other week (ER). From what I gather, on top of my mandatory OT, I also have the opportunity to work extra hours on weeks when I'm not scheduled to work OT.
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    I'm scheduled overtime every pay period but in my time at my current facility I've never gotten it. I usually end up being called off 1 or 2 days. I'm thinking of picking up a prn job to supplement my income.
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    if it is based on seniority then it would be unionized probably. We do not offer OT except in rare situations and then whoever says yes gets it. Most people do not want to work that many hours.
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    I work at a smaller community hospital on the medical floor. Right now, due to high census and an employee out on FMLA, I could pick up at least two shifts a month if I chose. A few months ago we had sudden extra bills for which I didn't want to dip into our savings, so I signed up for an extra shift every week. To guarantee is get extra shifts, I notified the nursing supervisor to call me if they needed extra staffing. I also contacted the directors of all the units I have floated to in the past and let them know I could pick up extra hours...I could have worked every day of the week. Our hospital has a policy against using agency nurses, so if one floor is understaffed, the director will send out a hospital wide email, asking if anyone Wants to pick up extra hours.
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    Really depends on your skills and how flexable you are. I feel perfectly comfortable working anywhere from PICU, to ER, to cath lab, to med-surg, to CVICU to rehab. That being the case I could work every singe day if I wanted. Some unit is alwasy short. When I want OT I just call the nursing supervisor (if they haven't called me already) and let them know I am available. Alwasy get a shift that way. If you want OT become competent is an many units as possible and be willing to work in any lower level of care. A med-surg nurse shouldhave no problem going to rehab or long term care. An ICU nurse should be able to go to step down, med-surg, rehab, etc. If you DON"t want to work OT do the oppisit.
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    Depends on the unit. Some of our units always have shifts available so it's easy to pick up OT there. Lately though, we have been experiencing a decrease in patient census so a lot of us are having to take call and therefore are losing out on hours.

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