Speaking of... Getting to work early - page 3

by jrsmrs

Reading another thread got me thinking about this...I always get to work at least a half hour before my shift starts. Do I want to or like to work for free? Hell no! But I really don't know how else I would ever get out on the... Read More


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    Quote from jrsmrs
    Do you all have overlap of shifts, or....? We don't have any overlap, so even if I only wanted to get report, I'd still have to go in a few mins early or else the previous shift would have to stay late to give me report.For those that don't do chart checks at start of shift, when do you do them?
    Yes we have overlap. I had no idea that everyone did not! If one works an 8-hour shift with a 1/2-hour unpaid lunch (standard here), then one is at work from 7-1530 or 1500-2330 or 2300-0730. So you see we have a 1/2 hour overlap. No wonder you do what you do!
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    I usually get to work early to reveiw the H/P, Progress notes, meds, labs, and etc. I worked in ICU so I wanted to make sure I had as much info. as possible. Sometimes the nurses I've received report from might forget something, and thankfully I would have picked it up to help fill in the blanks. The down side is: people asking for help with lifting and positioning, being there for a code, and having the assignment switched at the last minute.

    However, the pros outweighed the cons and I felt that I had a better handle on my patients after I read through there charts before starting my day.
    I think it depends on the specialty and the person. As a new grad, I see nothing wrong with arriving early for the first few months until we feel comfortable with a routine.
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    I clock in about 10 mins early. I have never been talked to about this and so I keep on. I will not work off of the clock, no way no how am I working for free! I clock in, do the assignment for the shift, make sure I get rounds done, and get everyone together for report so we are ready to hit the floor. I don't come in and gab to everyone. I say hello to day staff and get moving. I hate all of the chit chat that goes on before work can actually begin.
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    Quote from jrsmrs
    Also, since there is no overlap of shifts
    Well that's the problem. Report doesn't just magically happen. And management needs to provide time for report. But why should they when they have a bunch of nurses willing to work for free?
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    If there is no overlap, do you tape report?
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    Quote from jrsmrs
    Do you all have overlap of shifts, or....? We don't have any overlap, so even if I only wanted to get report, I'd still have to go in a few mins early or else the previous shift would have to stay late to give me report.For those that don't do chart checks at start of shift, when do you do them?
    So is there no report? You just go in essentially blind? What kind of facility is this? It sounds very unsafe.
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    yes , i go in and review charts before report. I rarely get a decent report . most are useless. and i read md notes and look at orders. when i start right off , i feel as if i don't have a clue about the pt. almost everyone does this on my floor. i like to look over the chart, mar, and orders then get report. if i didnt, i would be drowning half the time. many dont include adequate histories and some of our pts have a lengthy hospital course, when it hits the fan, as it often does i don't want to be the nurse who doesn't know any thing about pt due to a awful (common) report.
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    What you don't like the report that goes so and so is fine, so and so had a good day?, lol!
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    Something to think about--if you're giving a half hour of volunteer time to your work, in 52 weeks that comes out to 78 hours of free labor. 2 weeks of time you're not being compensated for. That's assuming 12 hour shifts; if you're working eights, the numbers are worse. Of course your employer is going to allow this, they're getting 2 weeks free from you. If 90% of the staff is doing the same, your employer is saving all kinds of money. I'm not sure why you guys are letting yourself be taken advantage of in tis way. I thought Canadian nurses were unionized? What does the union say?
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    I lived 35 miles from work. It could take anywhere from 30 minutes to about 90 minutes in wintery weather.
    What really made it impossible were all those HUGE log trucks whose top cruising speed rarely exceeded 10 mph. It was windy and mountainous country road and it was impossible to pass. If I didn't allow 90 minutes to get there, there was frequently a good chance that I'd be late.


    If I got there way too soon, I'd hit the arches and have a cup of tea. We could clock in 15 minutes early and I'd use those few minutes to just have an unrushed beginning to my day.
    Last edit by sharpeimom on Nov 19, '12 : Reason: typo
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