Working 7 days a week. Anyone do it?

  1. Hi,
    I'm an RN, looking to go to UK. At the moment I have part time job at tertiary hospital, I work 7x 8 hours shifts per fortnight. I like working there part time because you don't get the day to day hassels, maybe something about absence making the heart grow fonder.

    So, I suplement my income with agency when needed. However, because of my plans to work overseas, I want to get my mortgage paid in advance and will have other expenses, such as registration, passport renewal, air tickets ect ect. Pus, I want a large saving account as well.

    I had saved $10,000 but recently paid off my credit card, $2000 and closed it down as I paid it off three times now and use it for large bills instead of working So, I'm down to $8000 and really wanted about $15,000 to leave with.

    So, I was thinking of working agency more. Like 7 shifts a fortnight, 6 hour ones are all they offer. So in effect I would be working 7 days a week.

    Unforunately, I cannot do night duty so can't work less shifts to get more money. I can't do double shifts either.

    Has anyone done it and what was it like if they did? Time frame wise, I am looking at doing this until March 2004.
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  2. 24 Comments

  3. by   Tweety
    People can do anything if they have a goal. I work with a fellow that works 6 12-hour shifts a week. He wants to retire early and have his TWO homes paid for. His wife works 3 12-hour shifts and takes care of him. (Of course he's overweight, probably a heart attack waiting to happen).

    But it's the goal that keeps in site and that he knows it isn't forever.

    I can barely squeeze in 3 12-hour shifts and feel human.

    Most US hospitals don't have six-hour shifts that I'm aware of, but that would be interesting. When I do supervision coverage, it's usually OT for me so I find someone to split the shift and I work 1AM to 7AM and love it! But couldn't do seven in a row.

    Just make sure you take care of yourself and exercise and eat right, etc.

    I'm quite impressed you saved 10,000 that's awesome!
    Last edit by Tweety on Aug 11, '03
  4. by   Tookie
    If you can do it for a short time and have a really good goal in the pipeline - go for it - But put in place some sort of checkpoints that will let you know when it is becoming too much and you are burning out.
    Take care
    Tookie
  5. by   Jayne LPN
    Of course he's overweight, probably a heart attack waiting to happen).

    But it's the goal that keeps in site and that he knows it isn't forever.


    I FIND THIS QUOTE A LITTLE OFFENSIVE......WHAT HAS HIS WEIGHT GOT TO DO WITH THE PRICE OF BEANS????????? I UNDERSTAND THAT BEING OVERWEIGHT IS NOT THE GREATEST THING IN THE WORLD TO BE....BUT WHAT ABOUT ALL THESE NURSES THAT TAKE THEIR SMOKE BREAKS Q HOUR......WOULD YOU SAY THIS ABOUT THEM.......GOOD FOR HIM THAT HE WORKS ALL THE HOURS HE IS ABLE TO........MAYBE HE MIGHT HAVE A HEART ATTACK LATER ON DOWN THE ROAD, MAYBE NOT.......BUT AT LEAST HE DOES HAVE THAT GOAL TO LOOK FORWARD TO.........AND HE FEELS THAT HE WON'T BE BUSTING HIS BUTT UNTIL HE IS 65-70 LIKE I SEE A LOT OF PEOPLE DOING B/C THEY HAVE NOT SAVED, AND INVESTED THEIR MONEY WISELY....THROUGHOUT THE YEARS............I REALIZE THAT EVERYONE HAS THEIR OWN OPINIONS, BUT SOME COMMENTS ARE JUST NOT CALLED FOR...............
    AND I USUALLY LIKE THE COMMENTS THAT YOU POST 3RDSHIFTGUY........................
  6. by   Gator,SN
    Jayne, It is probably the combination of long hours, stress, not eating right and being overweight that he is a "heart attack waiting to happen"
    I smoke, (not q hour while at work) an yes, nurses I work with do tell me frequently that I am putting myself at risk.
    I don' t think that comment was meant to be cruel.
    Gator
  7. by   bulletproofbarb
    Hhhhmmmmm, JayneLPN, sorry but I think you are over reacting. I'm very overweight, planning to work long hours, and that comment never upset me. Also, if you feel upset about something, no need to shout, capitals is akin to shouting. I find people who need to shout to get a message across far more offensive.


    As for the other comments and posts, I thank you for your time and I shall pace myself and see how I go. It is nice to know others do it.
  8. by   Todd SPN
    Whoa, Jayne, take a pill Think you might have read something into it that wasn't there.
  9. by   mother/babyRN
    Nursing is such around here that you could work 365 days (nights or evenings) a year if you wanted to. I know this because at least two different hospitals call and beg me to work all the time..
  10. by   DMR1
    take a chill pill. some of you people over react WAY too much.
  11. by   Monica RN,BSN
    YA know, this is a post I can really relate to.... I am very impressed you are able to save money. I do work every single day, but it is not all constant shifts in the same place. I work about 20 - 30 hours a week in a LTC facility, doing everything from floor nursing to administrative stuff... (Just do what ever I am asked that day) In addition, I have home health patients I fit in between everything else I do, I teach CPR and other cont ed throughout the community, Have an Ebay store I manage and a web site I own /manage for online cont education, work part time for an agency, have 2 kids to work into this schedule, and ya know what the bad part is??
    Besides having no life, it seems.... I wonder how a person can work so much, make a decent salary and STILL HAVE NOT MUCH MONEY LEFT???? It makes me tired and crazy to just think about it..... Oh well, tomorrow will come and it will be more of the same.... Thanks for listening...... Happy to be a nurse though and thankful to do the things i can.
  12. by   Tweety
    You are yelling. Which is what all caps mean. Don't know if you know that or not, but since part was not in caps and part was in caps, you probably meant to yell or express anger.

    That's o.k. you don't have to like what I said, I appreciate that. But I won't get defensive, or even answer until you stop yelling.

    Originally posted by Jayne LPN
    Of course he's overweight, probably a heart attack waiting to happen).

    But it's the goal that keeps in site and that he knows it isn't forever.


    I FIND THIS QUOTE A LITTLE OFFENSIVE......WHAT HAS HIS WEIGHT GOT TO DO WITH THE PRICE OF BEANS????????? I UNDERSTAND THAT BEING OVERWEIGHT IS NOT THE GREATEST THING IN THE WORLD TO BE....BUT WHAT ABOUT ALL THESE NURSES THAT TAKE THEIR SMOKE BREAKS Q HOUR......WOULD YOU SAY THIS ABOUT THEM.......GOOD FOR HIM THAT HE WORKS ALL THE HOURS HE IS ABLE TO........MAYBE HE MIGHT HAVE A HEART ATTACK LATER ON DOWN THE ROAD, MAYBE NOT.......BUT AT LEAST HE DOES HAVE THAT GOAL TO LOOK FORWARD TO.........AND HE FEELS THAT HE WON'T BE BUSTING HIS BUTT UNTIL HE IS 65-70 LIKE I SEE A LOT OF PEOPLE DOING B/C THEY HAVE NOT SAVED, AND INVESTED THEIR MONEY WISELY....THROUGHOUT THE YEARS............I REALIZE THAT EVERYONE HAS THEIR OWN OPINIONS, BUT SOME COMMENTS ARE JUST NOT CALLED FOR...............
    AND I USUALLY LIKE THE COMMENTS THAT YOU POST 3RDSHIFTGUY........................
    Last edit by Tweety on Aug 10, '03
  13. by   bulletproofbarb
    I find the best way to save money is to have a part-time nursing job that has enough hours to cover your rent/mortgage, and loan repayment and then an amount of cash that would see you comfortably through a fortnight ( if you get paid fortnightly).

    Then, don't spent the money that is supposed to be for a comfortable existance. Work agency on your days off. I work 8 days in my part time job, I don't spend any of that money. If I want to pay a bill or eat ect, I have to work a minimum of 1 agency shift a week.

    If you get sick, have childcare problems ect, then you still have the amount of cash that would cover a comfortable existance.

    So, that brings me to 9 shifts a fortnight. I can then have 5 days off or work all or some of those five days depending on what I want to save for.

    It's hard because what works for one person doesn't always work for another but I know I am MUCH better off and can save more working part time and agnecy than when I worked full time.

    It's so easy to not feel like working with the agency though. Sometimes, I am very bad and only work 1 day a fortnight but if I do that, then I know I have a pitance to live on so can't complain, because no one is listening to me except me.
  14. by   rebel_red
    Personally I was more concerned with Tweety's 6 hour "sh*ts"......last night thats all that happened at our facility........sh*t everywhere and us understaffed.......

    (((TWEETY))))) Sorry I just couldn't help myself!!!!!

    affectionately
    Tres
    who also speaks typonese.....

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