Overtime! Boon or Bust? Poll - page 2

How many of us do overtime? How many of us do mandatory overtime? How many of us don't really think of it as overtime, but stay overtime to finish up tasks? About how many hours a week... Read More

  1. by   mattsmom81
    I'm very selective and limited with OT. I tend to be very organized at work and usually get out on time unless situations outside my control develop (and that happens in ICU)

    It really peeves me that several day shifters are OT EVERY SHIFT up to 2-3 HOURS. It is tolerated for some strange reason. Plus they take frequent family phone calls and visit with doctors, etc during this OT.<sigh>
  2. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from mattsmom81
    I'm very selective and limited with OT. I tend to be very organized at work and usually get out on time unless situations outside my control develop (and that happens in ICU)

    It really peeves me that several day shifters are OT EVERY SHIFT up to 2-3 HOURS. It is tolerated for some strange reason. Plus they take frequent family phone calls and visit with doctors, etc during this OT.<sigh>
    mattsmom - that happens with our nightshifters . . . . :chuckle

    I worked nights when I first came back after having my son, who is now 3 1/2. Every shift has it's own challenges. For me, being a day shift person that means I work 3 a.m. to 3 p.m. so when we come to work it is usually calm and quiet. We have 45 minutes after report to check out all our paperwork, meds, read the chart, look at labs. We start 4 a.m. vs with our CNA so the pt only has to be awakened once. We usually have first assessment charted by 5 a.m. It gets busy when the docs start arriving and the rest of the day can be hard. But I'm used to having that first assessment done quickly. When I went to nights, I still did that. Even though we started at 3 p.m. when it is usually busy, I maintained the same organization . . .except the nurses don't follow the CNA around since the patients are still awake - that did bug me though . . I like being a team. So, I'd be finished with my assessments by about the same time. And night shift had gotten in the habit of knowing that things slow down for them and they had time later to write. So they would be doing their charting in the evening and I would be finished. That bugged the other nurses.

    Each shift has its own special cadence . . . I like day shift and am doing that now part-time. The only problem is getting OOB at 1:45 a.m.

    steph

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