Working through the holidays? - page 2

Hi, I'm an ADN student and I have a question about your work schedules. My son is only 1 years old and it would kill me (ok not really lol) to have to work Christmas day. Does everyone have to work... Read More

  1. by   happynewLPN
    I work in the Labor and Delivery unit of a local hospital, and we are required to work a certain number of holidays each year. I think it's rotational, but it's either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Last year, I worked both. Couldn't pass up that holiday pay!

    Lisa
  2. by   wonderbee
    As a per diem staff member with no children at home and a single woman, I purposely schedule myself for holidays. Turns out there are quite a few like me who want to capitalize on the OT. On my floor, as it turns out, a lot of us had the same idea and there are twice as many on the schedule than are needed.
  3. by   Quickbeam
    I feel strongly that having children should have no bearing on whether or not a person is offered the holiday off or not.

    Word to that, ThirdShiftGuy. For the first few years I got snookered into the "but I'm a MOM!" plea and I worked almost every Christmas. But every year it was a different face doing the pleading. And my husband and I are a family, too. I found it fascinating that these same people always refused to cover Easter for me.

    My plea to all is to not use your kids to try and get special favors. Nursing is 24/7. Single people and childless marrieds have lives as well. If you know going in that nursing will require holiday work, it shouldn't be a big surprise.

    If holidays continue to be a flash point for you, there are nursing careers that do not include working on holidays. I have one. Pay can be less and you might need some experience. But they are out there.
  4. by   IamRN
    Quote from Quickbeam
    Word to that, ThirdShiftGuy. For the first few years I got snookered into the "but I'm a MOM!" plea and I worked almost every Christmas. But every year it was a different face doing the pleading. And my husband and I are a family, too. I found it fascinating that these same people always refused to cover Easter for me.
    Wow! I never heard of that happening. Although, I am realizing that it can and does happen
  5. by   BittyBabyGrower
    We put down our 3 choices in order of importance and then the scheduler fills it in...she puts out how many are working and then asks for volunteers to help fill the gaps, she also deals for the day after the holiday off since that is a huge requested day in our unit. Sometimes by volunteering you only have to work 4 hours on the major holiday..better than working 8 or 12. Some people will volunteer to work all the holidays and only work 4 hours. It works for us.

    If she can't get coverage then it goes by seniority. Almost every year, every person except for sometimes a couple, get exactly what they want.

    I hate that, well I have a family..hello...everyone has a family and do you think our families enjoy us being at work..no, but it is the job you chose to do. I really can't stand to hear newer people gripe because they have to work a holiday..live with it or go work in an office. Even the PRN's have to work holidays.
  6. by   Gompers
    Quote from BittyBabyGrower
    We put down our 3 choices in order of importance and then the scheduler fills it in...she puts out how many are working and then asks for volunteers to help fill the gaps, she also deals for the day after the holiday off since that is a huge requested day in our unit. Sometimes by volunteering you only have to work 4 hours on the major holiday..better than working 8 or 12. Some people will volunteer to work all the holidays and only work 4 hours. It works for us.

    If she can't get coverage then it goes by seniority. Almost every year, every person except for sometimes a couple, get exactly what they want.

    I hate that, well I have a family..hello...everyone has a family and do you think our families enjoy us being at work..no, but it is the job you chose to do. I really can't stand to hear newer people gripe because they have to work a holiday..live with it or go work in an office. Even the PRN's have to work holidays.

    We do pretty much the same thing. For the summer (Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day) and winter (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years) holidays we fill out a form with the top three shifts we want to work and then our last two choices, which we really really want off. It needs to total 20 hours each for summer/winter, and you can't just request all the "eves" but also some hours on the actual holidays as well. Then the assistant manager writes it all down, and if there are days when there are tons of people requesting on or off, she'll ask for volunteers or try to strike deals with people. Works VERY well, and we never "have" to work a holiday except for at least every third Christmas. It usually works really well, because people almost always get the days they want off.
  7. by   RN4NICU
    PRNs required to work holidays would not fly where I work. The PRN pool would disappear. After all, freedom of scheduling is why people work PRN.

    One hospital I used to work at gave the option - PRNs that wanted (or were willing) to work weekends and/or holidays got more money per hour than those that did not. That plan seemed to cause more problems than it solved, however.
  8. by   RN4NICU
    Quote from 3rdShiftGuy
    I feel strongly that having children should have no bearing on whether or not a person is offered the holiday off or not.
    Right on Tweety!
  9. by   IamRN
    The most I have been required to work in a PRN position is one holiday. Most times there was no requirement.
  10. by   Tweety
    Quote from BittyBabyGrower
    If she can't get coverage then it goes by seniority. Almost every year, every person except for sometimes a couple, get exactly what they want.
    I'm glad that generally works for you, but I don't feel seniority should come into it. If that were the case, I would probably be able to get every holiday off and that wouldn't be fair. But the preference thing works well here too.
  11. by   Spidey's mom
    If you work at a free-standing surgery center, as a friend of mine does, you do not work weekends or holidays. You can do pre-op/post-op nursing or be in OR. These places do not schedule surgeries except M-F.

    There's your answer.

    steph
  12. by   Tweety
    Quote from IamRN
    Wow! I never heard of that happening. Although, I am realizing that it can and does happen
    Fortunately doesn't happen often. We did have one nurse last year say "I should be entitled to have Christmas off because my kids are little." No kidding. Fortunately she got it off without much drama. But her sense of entitlement was a bit irritating. In fact I started a thread about it and it went on and on and on for days. LOL
  13. by   Energizer Bunny
    You know, even as a mother of three, I agree with those of you that say that having children shouldn't give you priority about having holidays off. You know what you are getting into when you take a position.

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