Nurses working overtime - page 3
by brian 17,918 Views | 37 Comments Admin
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
- 4Apr 9, '12 by joanna73 GuideBoston 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.
- 0Apr 9, '12 by BostonTerrierLoverRNWhen 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!
- 0Apr 9, '12 by raskolJust 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
- 1Apr 9, '12 by kellenlDepending 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.
- 2Apr 9, '12 by kellenlI 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.
- 0Apr 19, '12 by britt314Does 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.
- 1Apr 19, '12 by PMFB-RNQuote from britt314*** 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.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.
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.