I work in a personal care home as a ADON currently hourly. The DON came to me today and said she wants me to go to salary. Things are getting tight where I work, she works salary but has not put in 40hours/week since I have been there. Now she is talking about each of us putting in 4hrs once in awhile so she does not have to call an agency. I work about 43hours a week sometimes more. I try not do work OT but she does not follow up on things and if I did not do them things would be missed. When I asked what would that salary be she said she has not talked to the GM yet.
What would you do? I do like my job and do not want to go back to HH.
Thanks for any input
Oct 8, '12
I thought I recognized your name, so I checked back on your posts. What I think is that your thinking is correctly suspicious that you will probably be EXPECTED to spend more of your time UNCOMPENSATED if you go salary as versus hourly (on the clock).
You ARE the ADON and that is considered management at most places. Management USUALLY does NOT punch a time clock. That's concrete eveidence of the hours you're working for which you must be compensated, even if it includes OVERTIME (that nasty bane of administration!). You'll probably get the line that you can be "flexible' with your time when you have to balance it out. Oh yeah.....
Never worked out that way for me! Even though that was emphasized during my interview. It was fine for them when I had to stay over in the morning until another RN was in the facility so I could leave. There was NEVER a way for me to either come in a little late or leave a little early. So...
I would really be clear with them re how much extra time is to be expected so there could be a realistic increased salary adjustment. The reality is that they REALLY do want you to go salary. But the possibility is very real that you will be taken advantage of. And you might just 'P' them 'O" if you refuse.
Damned if you do, and damned if you don't.
Oct 31, '12
I went Salary because I had no choice and now work 60 hours a week at the same pay as I was making for 36.
Don't do it.
The only perks I got were mileage, company phone, a few holidays, an extra week of vaca, and less free time than ever before for no more money.
Feb 9, '13
New job oppertunity!! what is the average salary for a DNS in washington/oregon/idaho areas? No experience as a DNS?
May 15, '13
Quote from JZ_RN
... The only perks I got were mileage, company phone, a few holidays, an extra week of vaca, and less free time than ever before for no more money.
Glad I'm not salaried!
May 15, '13
I typically work 7-4:30 or 5. I get paid for 7.5 hrs each day. Salaried. My LPNs and CNAs think the RNs have it made- but I'm just getting by paycheck to paycheck. Just recently we are down a RN supervisor, so admin said they would "open up" the opportunity for the managers to pick up some time as a supervisor and fill in the gaps in the schedule. I thought - finally! Some OT. Not so fast! They are paying 2 dollars less than my regular rate (which is the top super rate) and will put in my check as a bonus, not an hourly wage. I'm not touching that with a ten foot pole. If you can choose- keep your hourly status.
May 15, '13
Agree, Savoy. Don't even want OT.
So look forward to my time off for family, friends, hobbies, etc.
Jul 20, '13
When I Google personal care homes, I find residential places that do not require the presence of any professional nursing or medical staff. This post baffles me, more so that the OP talks about all of the overtime required for an ... ADON? It sounds more like a skilled nursing facility that has a lot of issues that can't be worked out, not a sleepy rest home?
Jul 20, '13
Right...you will never see the light of day if you go on salary. It never works. The reason they want you to go on salary is to save money that means you will work more for free. It doesn't matter what kind of facility it is.
So what...are they going to fire you if you don't?