Runner it should'nt be that hard to get just straight nights, Im a Nurse manager of one of the SICU's at Barnes-Jewish hospital, and Im always hiring night shift nurses and generally, most nurse managers are always hiring for nights, we generally have a hard time filling night positions anywhere, I have an aunt thats a nurse manager at a smaller rural hoapital in Iowa, shes the manager of a general Medical/Surgical unit, and she tells me the same thing about her unit. We usually look for anyone who would rather work nights, because we have a hard time getting people to work nights, generally because most always want day shifts, and the majority of us NM's always try to give the day shifts to the veteran nurses who have more seniority, who are veterans who have worked for us for along time.
And I usually try to give day shifts to moms/dads e.g.-(people with kids.)
Example- Say I have an LPN whos been working for me for 3 years on night and she decides she wants to switch to days, and I have new grad. LPN who likes and wants nights well Im probabley going to swith the older nurse to days and hire the new nurse to take her shifts on nights. Im talking about my Med-Surg/Ortho/Neuro/Trauma general Unit IM Also in charge of, So I have to look at ratio's also because in my SICU and med-surg units I use teams, I think it a better aproach, Like SICU,
I might have a team that consists of 1 RN, 1 LPN, and 1 PCT to 3 critical patients, and on the floor Ill
put 2 RN's, 2 LPN's, and 2 PCT's to 14 patients each team 1 RN, LPN, and PCT to 7 of those patients, now mind you I usually only hire LPN's that are IV certified, and my PCT's do lab sticks, basic patient care, d/c foley's and IV's, generally my LPN's do the glucose sticks, IM and sub-q injections which on the floor they do alot of here which seems funny but most of are ortho docs always seem to order pain meds and muscle relaxers IM which I have always thought was funny but thats how theyve always did that so who am I to change them LOL, but it gives my LPN's extra duties lol. Anyway thats how it Usually goes.