Nurses working overtime - page 3

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It seems nurses are working more and more these days. Instead of hiring they just give you more hours. Do you think you spend too much time at work? On average, how many hours do you work per week? Please share this... Read More


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    Boston terrier lover, you can have it! I'm a second career nurse, and I've learned the value of having my health and piece of mind vs work. There needs to be a balance, at least for me. I live within a budget and spend accordingly so I don't need to work overtime. That's just me.
    On3_Tru3_Lov3, tokidoki7, Lovely_RN, and 1 other like this.
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    When I grow up, I am going to try to find that balance. (But, for now, most hours are quiet in the ER- especially around spring and summer.) So, load me up! I understand the Work vs. Happiness paradigm, and trust me, I have slowed down since when I first got my wings. And, I totally agree, Mandatory vs. Choosing it makes a huge difference!
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    Just came home from another shift. Nurses who are already scheduled overtime this week will be mandated to stay past their eight hour shift because we have TWO NURSES for 28 beds. Because we were only scheduled three (due to severe staffing issues) and one called in.

    You bet, I love overtime but not forced and not in the 50 hour range every single week on shifts with only four nurses when we are suppose to have 6-7
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    I work in the OR and with call it's not uncommon to put in 30+ hours of overtime over a two week pay period. Since we're only on call once or twice a week it's not bad. And we only work 1 weekend every 10.
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    The only time I get paid a competitive wage is when I'm going off at time-and-a-half. I grab all the OT that comes available.
    BostonTerrierLoverRN and lindarn like this.
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    I am an RN Supervisor at a LTC Facility. I usually average about 45-50 hours/ week... Feels like a lot more considering I kick out 32-34 hours of that within a 48 hour period!! Every weekend 16 hour shifts both days... Thumbs down!
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    Depending on the rules and regulations of the facilities, most LPN's in the ER and OR setting report directly to the medical director and not a RN.

    Before leaving the hospital setting I was an OR nurse and we did not have on single RN. We had an APN that did the pharmacotherapy for the MAC and pre op medications but LPN and PA's did everything else. Lindarn sounds like you have major RN-itis.
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    I take PRN OR/ER call for a local hospital, and I am an LPN.
    We get a flat rate a day to hold the pager, $100 a day then $56 an hour if you get called in.
    In Arkansas LPN's can do everything RN's can do. We can hang blood, hang chemo, administer IV
    sedation and they pay difference is essentially none-less than 1 dollar an hour.
    On3_Tru3_Lov3 and libran1984 like this.
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    Does anyone feel that if you say no to overtime enough times, that they will eventually stop calling? or is more of a you can count on them calling everyday your off no matter how many times you your employer you will not work that day? I am just curious, and am still in nursing school.
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    Quote from britt314
    Does anyone feel that if you say no to overtime enough times, that they will eventually stop calling? or is more of a you can count on them calling everyday your off no matter how many times you your employer you will not work that day? I am just curious, and am still in nursing school.
    *** Eventualy those who say yes most often will get called first. However if they are not available then the caller will go right down the list.
    I think a nurse should NEVER actually say no to over time. I set my cell phone up with a special ring for the hospitals number. When they call if I don't want to do OT I simply do not answer the phone. If you don't have a cell then screen your calls with an answering machine. My advice is to never answer the phone when your employer calls unless you already know you will do the OT. I think it's important to make it clear that I am not at their beck and call.
    lindarn likes this.


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