Would YOU work a WEEKEND PACKAGE??

  1. Okay, another question!

    I am just leaving my weekend package to go to OB full-time nites.

    I had always wanted a weekend package until I worked one. The deal was:

    1. Work 50 out of 52 weekends.
    2. Full-time benefits.
    3. Work two 12-hours shifts 6a-6:30p Saturday and Sunda
    4. Work those 24 hours and get paid for 36, so it's like 1.5X your base rate wage.

    Well, after a while I started to miss having a WHOLE day with my hubby and children on the weekends. It was GREAT having Monday through Friday off, and getting to pick up kids from school and be a "room mother".

    But, Friday nite, it was early to bed, up at 4:30 (30 miles to work) and back home about 7p.m., eat and fall asleep and do it again. Even if there was a Saturday night function I am too dead to attend!!!!

    SO, my question is would YOU work one, have you worked one, are you working one, and even does your hospital offer one???

    I am REALLY curious as I don't have many local opinions yet. Our hospital just started these packages, and in other hospitals I hear they get scooped up quick!!

    Thanks to you all!!!
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  2. 19 Comments

  3. by   CANRN
    The hospital I work at does offer weekend only positions at a higher rate of pay so you get full time wages. no benefits because you are part time status. I considered it, but like you, my husband and daughter are home on the weekends, being off all week would be nice, I LOVE my days home when he is at work and she is at school. and my grandkids are home on weekends, and my sons are off work, Nawwww, I just could not give up my family time! I only work every third weekend ( I work 12's) I've tried a five day a week position and just hated not having my day off during the week.

    You'll enjoy your full time position and in OB! How great! I truly admire OB nurses! It is just one area I knew I would not like to work in. You guys are great!

    Cindy
  4. by   kae rn
    I would consider it. It would reduce my childcare for my 2 children who need it and allow me to be there during the week for older 2 who need homework help, and have activities. Hubby could handle weekends. The only thing I would miss in an occasional Saturday ball game the kids have. Would want to work it forever though. Would consider it a short term job.
  5. by   deespoohbear
    I wouldn't want to do it personally, but a couple of my co-workers do it and they love it!! They have small kids at home so they don't have to worry about daycare during the week and their hubbys do it on the weekends. All of my co-workers who do this work night shift though, except one who does 11a-11p every weekend.....

    Our weekend people our entitled to the insurance at the hospital, but they don't get any other benefits.....
  6. by   louloubell1
    I work weekend option (well, not right at the moment, but as soon as I go back to work I'll go back to the same schedule). I work 12 hr nights on Sat, Sun, and then one other day of my choosing. Weekend option isn't a prn thing where I work, so I'm full time and I do have benefits. We have an extra $10/hr built into our base pay for being weekend option, plus still get the weekend differential and such. It's nice that they have the extra pay built in our base pay because it really makes a nice difference if you do overtime.

    I really love being weekend option. It works out great with my family life because my husband's work schedule and mine really compliment each other that way and one of us is always home with the kids. And....and this was the big selling point for me.....I am able to get more adequate sleep since I went weekends.

    Lou
    Convicted of placenta previa & serving time on couch arrest ~ Day 36
  7. by   NicuGal
    YES! I work nearly every weekend now so that I can be home during the week! When we had our weekend program, you still got your 4 weeks of vacation, so that was okay We worked 24 got paid for 36 and had benefits
  8. by   TNcanNURSE
    I work the weekend option. 2 twelves on the weekend and Wednesdays on 2nd shift. Get a nice differential for being a weekender. I am considered full time and get full benefits. I work 32 hours a week and make more than if I worked 40 on a m-F schedule. My husbands days off rotate so I usally don't mind having to work weekends.
  9. by   emily_mom
    I don't know if I could handle having only 2 weekends off a year. It sounds good though, if you could work around that a little. I'd love to spend more time with my child and husband during the week. Hell, I'm just waiting for graduation so I can take off one of my hats....

    Kristy
  10. by   dawngloves
    I choose pool over weekend program. Your family time really does suffer if your S.O. works M-F, 9-5.
  11. by   MelRN13
    Although I've considered it, I love my weekends off too much. The hospital that I'm applying at has that option, with an extra $4/hour over base pay, and the option to take off one weekend a quarter.
  12. by   Cynthiann
    When I graduate I plan on doing weekends mainly because I have small children and don't want to pay $150-200/week for daycare and I want either me or my husband to be home with the kids all the time. I have a question about that kind of shift. You get paid 36 hours for 24. If you work an extra 12 hour shift during the week how does the pay work?
  13. by   jaxnRN
    If I work an extra 12- I get paid 12 hours at base pay UNTIL my total hours worked is an actual 40, then anything over 40 is time and a half. I work a few 8 here and there.
  14. by   karoline
    I worked a weekend program back in the early 80's. Worked 2 12 hour shifts over the weekend and got paid for 40 hours as well as full-time benefits including tuition reimbursement. I had an ADN at the time and used the year and a half working the weekend program to obtain my BSN degree. The hospital I worked for at the time even reimbursed me for books. The years I worked the weekend program had a horrendous nursing shortage - like now. As the nursing shortage diminished so did the weekend program and other benefits. It met my needs at the time. A number of the other nurses I worked with at the time were in school or had small children at home. Now I wouldn't work a weekend program - different place in life. My hospital now has a weekend program - nothing like I had though. Nurses work the 2 12 hour weekend shifts and get paid for 36 hours and marginal benefits if any.

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