I apologize KK7724; this will be wandering away from the meaning of your post.
The bummer of first year nursing.
I guess I was kind of lucky when I graduated.
- I live within 60 miles of 12 hospitals two of them are level 1 trauma centers.
- I was 35 and had been working on my own for quite a few years.
- I had years of medical training in my back ground
- I knew how to negotiate my salary
But still when I first hit floor nursing it was swing shifts 2 weeks of 7-3, 2 weeks of 3-11, two weeks of ll-7.... Six months into it I was frazzled. I finally walked into my DONs office and told her I would leave unless I got a set shift. She told me there were no 7-3 shift positions and when I advised her my preference was 3-11 my assignment was changed.
Few years later when 12 hour shifts started trickling down into the woods where I worked I went straight weekends and received multiple shift diffs for working the hours I preferred (7P-7A: one diff for 7-11 than another diff added on for 11-7 add to that weekend diff, team leader diff, if I floated I got a diff for that).
Sometimes you can play the system but a lot of times the first year or two the system plays you. In the end you have to have other options and they need to know you have other options. As an RN you are for the most part in big, big demand.
Now back to your original topic:
Iv noted multiple branch listings but you have to wade through all the VA listings to find them:
If the above links don’t pan out I wonder if talking with the chief nurse might be good course. There may be other people who you can contact but I am unsure…