Please, Any advice or opinion is helpful!

  1. Hey guys,

    let me be Short and sweet.

    I am starting nursing school soon. Is it possible for me to (after I graduate and work like a year), get a part time job such as 2 twelve hour shifts a week instead of 3 shifts? And more importantly, consecutively like monday and tuesday, or thursday and friday etc? (or even 15 hour shfits, the concept is 2 consecutive days a week though, that is what is important, even if it was night shifts, nasty work, scummy hospital, whatever).

    Do people exist who partake of such a part time or halftime position?

    I can explain details later (if anyone is kind enough to share their experience and words of wisdom!).

    Thanks so much for any response!

    TTFN
    Last edit by guy with a dream on Nov 7, '10 : Reason: clarification
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  3. by   diamondmeadows
    Absolutely. This is very common in my area.
  4. by   guy with a dream
    Thanks! Ok, I feel hopeful! My sister is in the Dallas-Fortworth area, and says she has never heard of such a schedule unless you were chummy with the bosses (she has one more semester to go in the nursing school). So I was just wondering if it was something that was common or if it was forbidden etc by procedure or something. Thanks again diamondmeadowsRN

    OF course, everyone who reads this I would love to hear your own ideas, experience, or thoughts on the matter!
    Last edit by guy with a dream on Nov 7, '10 : Reason: clarification
  5. by   evolvingrn
    its very common but you will probably have to do Every other weekend.
  6. by   guy with a dream
    Thanks evolvingrn! Ok. I had thought that to get this schedule I would work rotating shifts and stuff, and that is fine. I am just wanting to live in monterrey mexico, (about 2 hours from mcallen regional), and drive up every week for the two shifts and then go back. If I had to work 3 or 4 days, or monday and thursday, it would be a huge spoke in the wheel you know? So anyways, thanks for the input! I just wanted to know it was possible!

    (still, anyone reading this dont think it is solved! I love input ! ! !)
    Last edit by guy with a dream on Nov 7, '10 : Reason: adding important phrase
  7. by   becca001
    I was fortunate enough to work as an Emergency Room Tech during NS over the weekend nights. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. This was a bit of a problem for Monday morning clinicals but I had a great boss and even greater nursing staff and thus doable. Remember, where there is a will, there will be a way. Good luck on school
  8. by   guy with a dream
    Thanks for the good word! I do have a huge will for this, specifically the 2 consecutive shifts a week thing, and a faith in the Almight God! Thanks and good luck yourself with your pursuits!

    (still, anyone reading this dont think I dont want to hear more! specifically, has anyone reading this themselves worked a 2 consecutive shift schedule at one point in their careers?)
  9. by   iluvivt
    Yes of course....I have been scheduling nurses for 22 yrs . I always try to give nurses what they prefer and is very common for nurses to want to work as many of their shift in a row as possible. That way they can get more days off in a row...2 12's in a row no problem. You also need to check the state in which you want to work b/c the hospital also has to follow the labor law for that state.
  10. by   guy with a dream
    Quote from iluvivt
    Yes of course....I have been scheduling nurses for 22 yrs . I always try to give nurses what they prefer and is very common for nurses to want to work as many of their shift in a row as possible. That way they can get more days off in a row...2 12's in a row no problem. You also need to check the state in which you want to work b/c the hospital also has to follow the labor law for that state.

    Whoa ! !! I give bukeou kudos to you! And from a nurse scheduler him/her self! (dont know what the real title is for that, but it works!) Thanks so much! I am just starting so the whole jungle and vines of nursing is new to me and I am not sure how it all works, I just know what would work perfect for me! It is in Texas, and I will check, but dont forsee any problems, but still thanks again! I will check into the laws and cling to the hope God has brought through you! Thanks!
  11. by   nurse2033
    I work 2x 12s a week, usually consecutive nights, and every third weekend. It might be hard to get such a shift as a new grad though, but good luck.
  12. by   Suethestudent
    I have never heard of a 15 hour shift, but I have had friends do two back-to-back 8s (i.e..straight through) thus effectively a 16 and it is a KILLER.
    I think what is important to learn is how much you have to work to qualify for benefits. Where I am you have to hit 24 hours to qualify, so it's vital that you optimize your hours to hit the mark.
    Oh and please don't go driving long distances after your second 12 hour shift. Put a comforter and a pillow in you car and curl up in the back seat for 2-3 hours at least. Otherwise you could end up back where you work...
  13. by   guy with a dream
    Quote from nurse2033
    I work 2x 12s a week, usually consecutive nights, and every third weekend. It might be hard to get such a shift as a new grad though, but good luck.
    Nice! By every third weekend, you mean every third week you DONT work during the week and just work the weekend? Or you work the weekend including your normal shift? Anyways, Thanks!
  14. by   guy with a dream
    Quote from Suethestudent
    . . .Oh and please don't go driving long distances after your second 12 hour shift. Put a comforter and a pillow in you car and curl up in the back seat for 2-3 hours at least. Otherwise you could end up back where you work...
    haha! that is so. . .Ironic? lol. Thanks for the tips! I will be sure to rest a bit before heading home!

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