I work an average of 35-37 hours per week, and that is considered part time (anything under 38 hours a week, and you must work that every week...if you don't you are back at square one...so they will balance it out so it never comes to consecutive 38 hour weeks, but a few hours shy...UHGGGGGG!!!!!!!).
But no, technically we are not to choose the days we work..till us nurses caught them in breach of contract with us over two years! You see...I get my schedule for a full month about 3-5 days before the first of the next month! We are to have them 2 weeks before the next month so we can plan for MD appointments and family obligations and what not...seems rational. Lets see..I got Decembers schedule November 27! Oh goodie..it isn't like I wanted to plan things on days off in December right??? UHG! I got lucky this month...got it today...but that still isn't two weeks now is it???
So we part timers said..fine, then if we submit days we are available before two weeks of end of month (when we are SUPOSE to get our schedules) that is far enough advance for the schedules for arrangements to be made...they do this for CNA's going to nursing school
! They complained..so so far we haven't done it too much, but now that I raised some eyebrows about this little time and a half issue...other part timers are thinking..hmmmm your right..it isn't fair...lets start actually doing what we hinted at!
Alas...I got my schedule..and it actually looks GREAT! We hired a new nurse so I am back to the job I was hired for instead of covering for 8 months as the other full time day floor nurse (that is shafted a few hours per week so I am not full time with benifits!). SO hopefully things will go better for me...but the other part timers are still a bit mad..and may start submitting days they are unavailable on the first of each month!
Yeah...I was and am being used, but I guess that is par for the course in any job now a days. You just have to choose your battles well in it...and so far I have been pretty mellow about it (so I can't complain too much)...but I think a new New Years Resolution would be to stand up for myself more at work with managment...you can only get used so long before it boils out in other areas...so best I start hitting my '101 reasons I don't like my job" constructively instead of just going..ehhhh it will pass! I am a professional...about time they started treating me like it!