We have a large unit, over 80 nurses. Our unit want us to all pick up 8 hours a month so that the very low seniour people can get vacation. My beef is I have worked there for 18 years and why should I work extra so others can get vacation? Last year we did this and we not only worked the extra, but we were taken off of our 12's! Now, if I wanted to work 4 days a week, I would work 4 days a week. What a PITA to find a sitter! I was under the impression that you could not be prescheduled ET unless there is a staffing issue, which there isn't, only people who want more vacationt time. does this sound right to you?
If you were a higher seniour person, would you be pleased to do this or unhappy?
Feb 18, '04
They have us pick up 8 extra hours so that they can give more vacation hours. There are plenty of hours thru the year, but the new people want 2 weeks off in the summer, and it isn't going to happen even if we pick up the extra time. Our contracts do not read 12 hours shifts, they are by hours, so they can pull us off our 12's unfortunately. I don't mind picking up hours for people, but I think demanding 2 weeks off in the summer is a bit forward, especially as a new nurse.
I have thought about leaving there, but I only have 12 more years to go and I can retire at the ripe old age of 51 with full medical and benefits, so I am kind of stuck it seems.
Devil's advocate...we are never mandated to work over or scheduled mandatory except for this. I don't see how this can be legal...our unit is not short in the first place, it only to let 1-2 extra people out on vacation.
Last edit by BittyBabyGrower on Feb 27, '04