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WILTW 1/8/17: Who's on FIRST?

  1. 5 This week has been full of bonus money, committee meetings as well as navigating through the new union contract.


    This week is the annual underway for summer vacation selection; in negotiations, this was a HUGE issue amongst nurses and administration; it was a tiring process that even got thrown around when nurses wanted to discuss more issues, such as staffing, benefits and wages. There were times when I needed these icons to express my frustration when we would have a proposal to discuss, and then the administration would present vacation selection as a part of discussion.


    With the contract settled, ratified, and in effect, the language stating seniority is the tie breaker when it comes to key situations such as transfers and-you guessed it-vacation selection-it can pose challenges.


    In the past, I never really had an issue with summer vacation selection because I vacation primarily in the spring and fall; however, with Memorial Day included as a "summer holiday" despite it still being the spring and around my birthday, it remains to be seen if I get my vacation.




    The benefit of being a part of creating the contract, is to be the point person to discuss aspects of the contract, whether it be my home unit or another hospital unit.


    Having a joint effort with staff and management in terms of staffing, especially during a high peak time and to plan while maintaining the contract can be challenging and be a collaborative process that can be successful.


    With my unit having a ton of turnover that has since subsided, I am considered being a part of senior staff-unless someone more senior is going to be a part of the tie breaker, I may get my request.


    If I don't, I'm not as inclined to be upset either.


    I think I have evolved enough as a nurse to know the value of seniority-I don't long for the days of building experience, then moving to another organization in order to gain a substantial increase in income; when helping build a wage scale that even includes cost of living increase, incentives that the more years you have as a nurse, the benefits increase.


    Working on making a better workplace for the benefit of patients and peers has made me reflective of how I DO want to stay, even though there is still more work to do.


    If that means working more years at a facility and unit where I have the opportunity to collaborate and continue to grow as a nurse, then I can stand in line and be able to be first.


    What have you learned this week?
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  3. Visit  OrganizedChaos profile page
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    I'm 30 weeks pregnant, finally! Between my gallstones & my Gestational Diabetes I pretty much feel like crap 99.999% of the time. Also, I can barely eat anything due to both. I'm so ready to not be pregnant any more.
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    Quote from OrganizedChaos
    I'm 30 weeks pregnant, finally! Between my gallstones & my Gestational Diabetes I pretty much feel like crap 99.999% of the time. Also, I can barely eat anything due to both. I'm so ready to not be pregnant any more.
    I "liked" this in support. You're almost there!

    I'm sorry you feel so bad though ❤.
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    Quote from pixierose
    I "liked" this in support. You're almost there!

    I'm sorry you feel so bad though ❤.
    Thank you! I'm just thankful I have a healthy baby & I'm so close to the end!
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    I'm so nervous about my blood sugar being too high. It's hard to find meals to eat & I don't eat enough. I'm either starving & my sugar is within range or I eat enough & my sugar is high. I ate healthy for dinner but apparently it was too much & my blood sugar was 150. I'm so depressed & stressed. I don't want anything to happen to my son because I don't/can't control my sugar.
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