"restructure" (aka Layoff)

  1. Well the restructure at our hospital is in its 3rd day. Many nurses have already bid on positions..................all the day jobs are gone, there were still 2 evening positions left at 3 pm and the bidding goes till 7pm.........I bid tomorrow at 8:20 looks like I may become a member of the NOC shift unless I want to transfer to another area of the hospital and I bet even those positions will be gone by the time I bid. Some nurses have already left and many more with daycare issues are applying elsewhere. The good thing (if there is one) is that the new positions won't go into effect till fall, so if I do have to become a day sleeper at least it will be cool.
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  2. 25 Comments

  3. by   sjoe
    "Divide and conquer"--a "restructuring" strategy also used by Kaiser (and the CNA union went along with it, of course). So long as nurses cooperate with things like this, we can only expect them to continue and proliferate.
  4. by   bklynborn
    The union is involved and is filing a grievance.......we nurses continue to play the game and wait until the grivance is filed........there are a few areas that go against our contract so this is a beginning not an end by any means..................curiouser and curiouser...........
  5. by   -jt
    <all the day jobs are gone, there were still 2 evening positions left at 3 pm and the bidding goes till 7pm.........>

    How do they decide which one gets the job? Who decides?
  6. by   funnygirl_rn
    Bklynborn...glad you kept us posted. Sorry to hear about this, what a bummer to "bid" on a position....sounds like an auction. Curious as jt posted...how was it decided, by whom?

    Hoping the best for you.
  7. by   bklynborn
    all bids have been done by seniority...............yoou cnnot go up on hours but you can go down.......so if i have high seniority and work 56 hours a week i can not go in and choose a position that is 72 hours a week but i could pick one that is 42 hours a week. Those with high seniority got the positions they wanted and those of us with little or no seniority get the leftovers and the pickings are slim................................
  8. by   caroladybelle
    And why not go to a hospital that treats you better?

    The hospital can only treat you like this...if you put up with it.
  9. by   sjoe
    "The hospital can only treat you like this...if you put up with it."

    Hear, hear.
  10. by   bklynborn
    unfortunately this is the only hospital in the area...............
  11. by   caroladybelle
    Time to find a new area...a new venue...

    Nurses work as pharm reps, business reps, in the insurance company, home health care, travel nursing, legal assistance, MD offices, chemo clinics, dialysis clinics, blood services, community health, etc.

    You can also move.

    When hospitals feel that they have you over a barrel, the conditions frequently deteriorate. So even if you "survive the cuts", many times you find that you will find that you would have been better off getting the heck outta Dodge. They will attempt to cut staffing ratios and make conditions worse. Also, do you really want to work a hospital that treats its staff in this manner and will you really feel secure in that environment? I don't think so.

    While we all fear/loath change, well, when G-d closes a door, he is opening a window. Something new in your life may be called for.

    Also, remember, that some nurses will, for now, take their bidded positions. However, I lay odds that some of those with seniority see the writing on the wall and are looking for another position and just accepting the position for the security while they look. When they move on, well the rest will move up a notch. Also, some will not work out in their new positions.

    I still think that you should consider a change of venue....in my experience, the situation that you describe usually just deteriorates more.
  12. by   funnygirl_rn
    Sheeesh bklynborn, slim pickings for low man/woman on totem pole....how crappy is that?! Sorry to hear that there are no other hospitals nearby for you. I think I would be looking elsewhere as the above poster stated.
  13. by   renerian
    Oh I feel for you...................

    renerian
  14. by   ANnot4me
    As I read this, my mouth hangs open! It makes no sense. I thought things were going the other way. The only reason I am still in nursing is that I live in California. It's no paradise, but there is progress.

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