Overtime, how much?

  1. 0 How much overtime do you work? What are your regular hours? 40 or 36 or less? how do you do your overtime?(extra hours on scheduled shift or extra days)
    My facility is pretty short staffed frequently and a lot of the staff does A LOT overtime. ( up to 30 hours a week for one nurse!!!! on top of her 40). I don't like doing it and feel like the rest of the staff gets disappointed/angry when I don't thus leaving them short. Some people do a 2-3 16 hour shifts and a 12 a week. Or 4 twelves. 3twelves and a 16. all sorts of combos amounting to more hours than what they were hired for (36 or 40). In nursing (med surg) is it expected you work a certain amount of overtime?Like in certain jobs/fields it is expected employees work overtime. Is it like this everywhere? are you looked down as the lazy nurse who won't do more than 40 hours a week if you don't work overtime?
  2. Visit  anotherone profile page

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  3. Visit  athflying profile page
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    During our busy time or season (I live in FL), I usually did 1-2 extra shifts per pay period. I work Thur, Fri, and Sat so would work every other Wed in addition to my regular shifts. I was called a lot in between those days for additional shifts. I helped out when I could, but didn't feel bad when I couldn't. It doesn't hurt that during our busy time, they give us time and a half plus $10.
  4. Visit  Ardneth profile page
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    I can't wait for the days when I actually get paid overtime again AND have the ability to say no when I want to. My current career/job, I'm salary and that means there are no set hours. You're required to work as long as it takes to get the work done. I can't count the number of times I've put in anywhere between 70-80 hours a week.

    That being said, yes you can say no. ^^
  5. Visit  Nurse_Diane profile page
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    I work 40+ every week, but I'm salaried. Dang it.
  6. Visit  tokmom profile page
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    I have a 36 hr work week, but end up with another day of OT per week, easily. It's usually meetings and the end of shift OT that rack it up for me.
    Last edit by tokmom on Jun 25, '11
  7. Visit  meandragonbrett profile page
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    I don't work a minute of overtime unless it benefits me and I have a reason for it. I value my time away from work at a much higher monetary value than 1.5x pay plus diffs.
  8. Visit  MN-Nurse profile page
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    Quote from Ardneth
    I can't wait for the days when I actually get paid overtime again AND have the ability to say no when I want to. My current career/job, I'm salary and that means there are no set hours. You're required to work as long as it takes to get the work done. I can't count the number of times I've put in anywhere between 70-80 hours a week.

    That being said, yes you can say no. ^^
    This is part of the reason I quit my salaried job. I figured by 10am on Thursday, I, was working for free the rest of that day, Friday, and often Saturday and Sunday.
  9. Visit  Bortaz, RN profile page
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    I neither work, nor want to work any overtime. I'm always the guy saying "feel free to cancel me tonight!", but they never do.
    anotherone likes this.
  10. Visit  Jules A profile page
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    Quote from meandragonbrett
    I don't work a minute of overtime unless it benefits me and I have a reason for it. I value my time away from work at a much higher monetary value than 1.5x pay plus diffs.
    Lol, I work every minute of OT I can get because it does benefit me when I'm suddenly worth $60 an hour. I don't value my time away from work that much.
    Living4Peace likes this.
  11. Visit  Poi Dog profile page
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    If it were up to my job, I would average 24 hours of OT.

    But since I ***evil grin***call the shots regarding my cell phone, I get 8 hours OT a week.
    Five&Two Will Do likes this.
  12. Visit  melsman1904 profile page
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    I rarely see OT on my unit. Usually, I get called in on an off day and then get canceled later in the week. It's not ideal, but it will do for now. It really makes it difficult to plan things on my off days. I guess, working with a great group of people makes it tolerable, though.
  13. Visit  TheSquire profile page
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    I'm one of the few people in my dept working 40 hours/wk - two 12s, two 8s. I'm happy to come in early on one of my 8s to turn it into a twelve for some overtime, but I'm much less willing to work a full extra shift.

    On the upside, whenever there's mandatory training or meetings, it's overtime gravy for me.
  14. Visit  casi profile page
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    As little as possible. I work 64hr/2wk, and anything much over that is too much for me. Working constant overtime would make me a lot less effective as a nurse.

    If day shift is short and need a nurse for a couple of hours I'll stay and help out if I can, because I'm not going to screw over my co-workers, but I wont do more than a 12 hour shift and this rarely happens.
    Bortaz, RN likes this.


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