GooeyRN 11,952 Views
Joined Nov 27, '05.
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But WHY should it fall on the off going nurse to find coverage or have to stay? She/he did their 8 or 12 hours already. They aren't the ones that called off. WHY should they be the one punished for doing what they were supposed to do? Sure they will get paid, but money really doesn't cover certain hardships. Again, like elderly parent care, child care, sometimes pet care, etc. Many people have obligations outside of their 40ish hours a week to work. There really should be a PLAN in place for WHEN, not IF something like this happens. Like PRN staff, agency, etc. Requiring people to stay when their shift is DONE is just going to create more burn out and PLANNED call offs if they know if it their turn to be mandated on a certain day when you KNOW the oncoming nurse is famous for call off's.
I am an RN and my dh is a structural/civil engineer. I don't think I can find anything at all in common with the two, other than we both have people asking us for stuff all of the time. One you will be on your feet and doing physical stuff a lot, the other you will be sitting in a cube. What sounds better to you? One you will be doing most talking via phone or email, the other is mostly face to face. You do have to work with others in both... Nursing you will have odd hours but your shift generally ends and you go home. Your off time is YOURS. There is the odd call about something off duty, but it doesn't have to be your life. Engineering... Well, it is part of your life/is your life and the two go together. My husband has his own business now, and works from home. Sure, he is home and sees the kids a lot, but he is working and is always on call. Many dinners are without him, he works after kids are in bed, he lives with his phone on his body. He can not run to the store for milk or take a kid to pre-school without having his phone on her person. I do not have to carry a phone like that. I can eat and shower without having to answer right then. If I am called from work, it is something like needing a clarification that can usually wait 15 minutes, or can I work such and such date. If dh misses a call, he loses a job or client. OUCH. I work holidays and weekends, he does not. Neither of us get a 4 day weekend. For instance, Thanksgiving. If a nurse gets it off, they will work the day before, the day after, and the weekend. The engineer gets the holiday itself off. Before doing his own business, he could take vacation and not really be available whenever he wanted, as long as it wasn't a busy season. Now that he has his business, he works while on the beach. Like I said, he works it into life. He gets to be at all of the cute little kid stuff, like pre-school graduations. With his phone, of course. That doesn't happen to easily for nurses. You miss a LOT of kid stuff. You miss a lot of holidays. Many times you have to find someone to cover the time you want off. I had to do this for my wedding. But when you are off, you are OFF. You can forget about work. I will say he makes about triple what I would if I worked full time. So money is a big thing to think about, how much of it you desire. I am unavailable when at work. I can't really take 5 minutes to call home and check on the kids. If a kid gets sick, I can not go home. He has to take them to the dr. or Er or wherever. He can call off if he is sick, generally nurses go to work unless they can't physically make it there/are hospitalized. Looking back, if I was able, I would choose engineering over nursing. The mandatory overtime, swing shifts, weekends, and holidays get to you after awhile. So does missing your kids stuff.
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