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

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    Am I wrong, or did it not used to be commendable that a nurse (or in my case at the time, a CNA) would tie up all her loose ends before punching out?
    It was considered a death knell to your perceived work ethic and reputation to leave stupid things for your on-coming staff.
    Management expected us to stay and they paid us for it.
    What on earth has happened?

    Please, stop being martyrs!
    Work has never given me money for free and I'll be darned if I'll give them work for free.
    That's not how this relationship is supposed to work!
    Last edit by Hygiene Queen on Aug 24, '12 : Reason: "I" before "e", except for "c".

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    Being able to clock out when all of my work is actually finished would be a dream come true, but in real life, it just does not work (not where I work). I have worked in quite a few facilities that will reprimand and write you up if you are on the clock 7 minutes past your shift. Management does not care if you had 2 new admissions and a full code on an 8 hour shift. They want you off the clock! It's sad, but they are fully aware that nurses are charting off the clock, and they never, ever, mention a word about that. I have been a nurse for almost 20 years, and it was never like that before, but now the almighty dollar rules! I see so many nurses taking way too many shortcuts just to finish on time. If nurses did things like that 10 years ago they would have been fired on the spot, now management just turns a blind eye to everything. I work thru my lunch breaks and never go to the bathroom during my shift. I make sure all of my “floor work” is complete, and then I go find some cubby to hide in to do my charting. I am not sure when things got so bad... I know they say it’s a nursing shortage, but it sure does not seem that way where I live, you have 10 nurses waiting to take your job if you want to complain about anything. P.s. I am not trying to be negative; I am just telling the truth about what I have experienced.
    imintrouble, MBARNBSN, NyteshiftLVN, and 6 others like this.
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    Quote from Hygiene Queen
    Am I wrong, or did it not used to be commendable that a nurse (or in my case at the time, a CNA) would tie up all her loose ends before punching out?
    It was considered a death knell to your percieved work ethic and reputation to leave stupid things for your on-coming staff.
    Management expected us to stay and they paid us for it.
    What on earth has happened?

    Please, stop being martyrs!
    Work has never given me money for free and I'll be darned if I'll give them work for free.
    That's not how this relationship is supposed to work!

    I hear everything you're saying, and I agree whole heartedly, but here where I live depending on where you work, after being written up 3 times for overtime, you will be terminated. They do expect you to get your work done before you leave, and if you pass it on, then you have to deal with being ridiculed by the other nurses. You should see some of the stuff some of the nurses do to clock out on time... As for me, I plan on returning to research/ education positions.
    Laura Z. Pam, bratmobile, whoa-now, and 4 others like this.
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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.
    Ayvah, brandy1017, Laura Z. Pam, and 8 others like this.
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!!!!
    imintrouble likes this.


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