I am fairly new to nursing and this is my first job in a union hospital. At my last job (non union) everyone got 2 weeks of vacation in the summer. It may not have been the week you requested but you got it. At my new job I was informed not to even bother requesting off anytime in the summer because according to the union, vacation is determined by senioity and all the snior people take thier full five weeks off in the summer time. A nurse who has worked in this unit for 20+ years says she still does not get a week off in the summer. Most of the nurses in my unit have been there for over 20 years. My question is, is this typical of all unions? I am really unhappy at this hospital for other reasons and in my next job search
I may rule out union hospitals.
Jan 17, '05
Quote from BabyNurse513
My question is, is this typical of all unions?
I don't think you can blame the union for this. The union respresents what the nurses want and each contract is unique. Everywhere I've ever worked, union or not, vacation requests were granted by senority. I guess it would depend on how many staff are available to cover vacations. We usually use travellers for vacations and leaves of absence. That's the hospital's choice, I would think, to use temporary staff.
Last edit by begalli on Jan 17, '05
Jan 19, '05
What Feisty says would be all fine and good but--when you have departments with around a 100 or more nurses and 12 or 13 weeks that is "summer" its about impossible to get everyone off during that period. As far as mentioning changes to the contract-- yeah right-- we just did at our hospital and because of the shear number of more senior nurses it has become pretty much an untouchable issue. So you do what I did you take it when you can and go someplace warm ie I went to Hawaii in November and it was beautiful.
That or the other option is, your a nurse, theres a shortage let your feet do the talking-- go elsewhere.
Last edit by rjflyn on Jan 19, '05