Mandatory night rotation - legal? - page 3

I work the day shift in a smallish community hospital (nonprofit). We are unionized. Our contract does have language that allows for days to rotate to nights in the event of a night shortage. I... Read More

  1. by   Antikigirl
    When I sign up for a job with a facility, it is understood that I will NOT work night shifts...that is in my contract at the start or I will not work there.

    I have family, and with a hubby that works as a paramedic (odd shifts, mostly noc, can be over 2 hours late coming home) and my child can not be alone in the home. Therefore I can not take on a job that is late night. But even if I did not wish to work nocs...I would state that up front and put that into my contract (with whatever other conditions I have for employement) before my first working day.

    I learned this through many RN's, and personal experience. IF there are things you do not wish to do, or simply will not do (for personal/ethical/moral reasons) then that must be in your contract right off the bat, if the employer is unwilling or a comprimize is not achievable...then I will not work there (it is also a sign to me that they do not feel I am a professional, and more than likely will be fully taken advantage of working there!).

    Good luck to you...if you feel you need to stop these night shift stents...speak up for yourself via your union, because I am sure you are not alone...
  2. by   tineann
    Quote from TriageRN_34
    When I sign up for a job with a facility, it is understood that I will NOT work night shifts...that is in my contract at the start or I will not work there.

    I have family, and with a hubby that works as a paramedic (odd shifts, mostly noc, can be over 2 hours late coming home) and my child can not be alone in the home. Therefore I can not take on a job that is late night. But even if I did not wish to work nocs...I would state that up front and put that into my contract (with whatever other conditions I have for employement) before my first working day.

    I learned this through many RN's, and personal experience. IF there are things you do not wish to do, or simply will not do (for personal/ethical/moral reasons) then that must be in your contract right off the bat, if the employer is unwilling or a comprimize is not achievable...then I will not work there (it is also a sign to me that they do not feel I am a professional, and more than likely will be fully taken advantage of working there!).

    Good luck to you...if you feel you need to stop these night shift stents...speak up for yourself via your union, because I am sure you are not alone...

    Thank you for your response. You raise some really good points and outline a viable option for the future. Appreciate the constructive advice.
  3. by   joun
    Hi everyone,


    I am happy to notice that some nurses share my opinion about the rotation day/night.Besides,I don't understand why it's difficult to find a 10/12hrs night shift in Med/Surg unit.It may solve the issues of night/day rotation!

    Good luck!:wink2:

    Joun.
  4. by   BamaBound2bRN
    Reading this post makes me- a future nurse, hopefully- ask: Is night shift an easy shift to find for night owls like me? I dread being stuck on days!
  5. by   wooh
    Quote from BamaBound2bRN
    Reading this post makes me- a future nurse, hopefully- ask: Is night shift an easy shift to find for night owls like me? I dread being stuck on days!
    If you have an RN license and want to work nights, you'll have no problem whatsoever finding a job!
  6. by   JBudd
    Quote from BamaBound2bRN
    Reading this post makes me- a future nurse, hopefully- ask: Is night shift an easy shift to find for night owls like me? I dread being stuck on days!
    It's great! We get paid more, tend to have to deal with the public less (well not in the ER, but when I used to be on the floors:chuckle), definitely less adminstration around, fire drills only happen at 6 AM, and at my hospital, a quarterly bonus for signing a nights only contract, waiving the union contract requirement to let us have a turn at the day shift! (that's part of the contract too, lol).
  7. by   JessicRN
    I am a night nurse and choose to work nights but it is very frustrating for me when I need time off or if someone on my shift calls out. I usually don't get my requested holidays because of "staffing issues" and we work short when someone calls out even though there is mandatory overtime (2 nurse for a 19 bed trauma 2 Ed is considered safe). There are 6 nurses on days 5 on evenings and 3 on nights it does not matter that nights has been as busy as days for weeks now. Because of it I only got one of 3 weeks vacation time this year and never could I get a weekend day off. I too still have to attend day courses and meetings (my choice is work the 12 hr night shift before the course and then go to the course or take the night off before the course do the course then work 12hr night shift). Days does not have this problem nor do they have any trouble getting replacements when they need time off or call out. So give the night people a break when they ask for help with a shift or you will lose all your permanent night nurses for good

    Quote from wooh
    Now that I've adjusted to nights, I have a really hard time making it through days. But I'm still expected to suck it up and go to classes/meetings/etc. during the day. Yup, at 9am, my body says it's time to go to bed. Just like yours does at 9pm. But if I want to keep my job, I do what I have to do. Patients need care, suck it up and work the night shifts. It will be over soon. Do what you have to do and get the sleep when you can, just like I do when I have to do a class or meeting during the day at work.

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