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Do Not Work Off The Clock, Nurses! - page 2

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  1. Visit  RiverNurse profile page
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    That's exactly what I heard at my last place of employment. I was told that I couldn't stay past the end of the shift - and yet - I had to complete my charting, LPNs assessment charting (sometimes as many as five or six additional patients - and do the work of a CNA when short staffed...

    I was told I'd be written up if the charting wasn't done - and if I stayed - I'd also be written up. Needless to say, when staffing levels became not just frustrating - but frustratingly dangerous - I left. The longer I'm gone, the more I realize how right I have ALWAYS been about this.
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  2. Visit  lockheart678 profile page
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    I must be spoiled where I work. This has never been an issue for me, and if my workplace decided to make it an issue, I'd be gone in a second. Nowhere did I say I'll work for free, and if they don't give me enough time to finish everything I need to do, then that's their problem. It amazes me how much money these hospitals make, yet they'll try to get rid of you over the extra $5 you deserve for completing your work. They're so short staffed, but they'll have all of these meetings to let everyone know the patient comes first. When are they ever going to realize you can't have it both ways?
  3. Visit  MusicEMT profile page
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    Cant you sue the company that terminates you for staying extra on the clock to finish up work? I think thats quite illegal for the employer to do that
    CPN82, Love78, cbsncmom, and 4 others like this.
  4. Visit  realnursealso/LPN profile page
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    Don't know where you are all from, but a call to the New York State Labor Board will stop this quick. I don't work for free, never have and never will.
  5. Visit  kcmylorn profile page
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    Nurses- we really need to start calling in the complaints to our labor boards.!!!. Or these corporate CEO's and their Nurse manager entourages will soon have a free workforce!!!

    They have the young nurses, new nurses desperate and groveling for positions - free work for clinical experince so they can start their first paid nursing position, they have us old nurses groveling for positions- any positions, now matter what the wage even it it is far below our experience worth, to drive down wages.

    They have got this far with threats and intimidation and god knows how many have been terminated for overtime. Only these administrators are too ingenious to call it terminated for over time. They will write youup for ridiculous and bogus stuff and then terminate you on the thrid write up. They are deceiptful, illegal, dishonest and unethical.

    Thank you Commuter for another insightful article- good article.
  6. Visit  kcmylorn profile page
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    Quote from realnursealso/LPN
    Don't know where you are all from, but a call to the New York State Labor Board will stop this quick. I don't work for free, never have and never will.
    So true- these CEO's don't work for free, why are we nurses????
    Aurora77, Laura Z. Pam, and elprup like this.
  7. Visit  martymoose profile page
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    Quote from Kooky Korky
    Have you ever noticed that Nursing is full of no-win situations for nurses?
    you're not kidding!!!!
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  8. Visit  martymoose profile page
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    Quote from kcmylorn
    So true- these CEO's don't work for free, why are we nurses????
    Quite obvious- we are the ****- ants of the hospital. The rich get richer - and do less, and the poor get poorer- and get dumped on.

    Underlings will always be dumped on. That's the way it is, and always will be
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  9. Visit  nguyency77 profile page
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    I'm just a CNA, but I see nurses do this a lot at my work. Many of them stay way past 10 o'clock, which is when our evening shift is supposed to end. One nurse told me she stayed til 11:45 to give report and chart!

    I thought it was normal and expected, but at a recent staff meeting the managers came down quite hard on us for working off the clock. My facility has 74 beds. On a normal day, our census is about 65-70, give or take a few. We have two nurses. So that's like what... 20-something/30-something patients to one nurse? Ridiculous.

    There's this other CNA who works day shift. She's great and always tries to stay and help the evening shift get situated but I usually have to beg her to go home. No sense in working for free, and what if she got hurt?
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  10. Visit  blondy2061h profile page
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    How timely. My unit has been a zoo lately and most days in the last 2 weeks I've been staying a half hour or more past the end of my shift to wrap things up. We don't clock in and out, but rather fill out an OT form if we stay late. I have been doing it because, like you, I firmly believe that management will get the idea that this is acceptable staffing if I don't do it. Tonight I again stayed late when I ended up with a 4 patient assignment that my hospital's own acuity rating system said that each patient should have been part of a 2 patient assignment. With no aid, of course, either. I didn't fill out the form tonight. I didn't want management to think I have been making a habit out of staying late, and actually, just didn't want to deal with more paper work after 13 hours of it.
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  11. Visit  redhead_NURSE98! profile page
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    Quote from Cold Stethoscope
    In some facilities, if you raise a fuss about it, you will be fired. It's a sad situation. That is one area where a union contract might be of help.

    Aaaaaaand then I'll have a retaliation lawsuit on top of the FLSA lawsuit!
    lindarn, JordanRose, Laura Z. Pam, and 1 other like this.
  12. Visit  redhead_NURSE98! profile page
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    Quote from lockheart678
    I must be spoiled where I work. This has never been an issue for me, and if my workplace decided to make it an issue, I'd be gone in a second. Nowhere did I say I'll work for free, and if they don't give me enough time to finish everything I need to do, then that's their problem. It amazes me how much money these hospitals make, yet they'll try to get rid of you over the extra $5 you deserve for completing your work. They're so short staffed, but they'll have all of these meetings to let everyone know the patient comes first. When are they ever going to realize you can't have it both ways?
    Seriously. If I started getting pushed for being past the clock, I'd start putting notes in each patient's file: "Unable to chart I&O's due to requirement of clocking out by 19:30." See how they like that one in there during quality review.
  13. Visit  Cold Stethoscope profile page
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    Quote from redhead_NURSE98!
    Seriously. If I started getting pushed for being past the clock, I'd start putting notes in each patient's file: "Unable to chart I&O's due to requirement of clocking out by 19:30." See how they like that one in there during quality review.
    As crazy as that sounds — you're right.
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