Quote from gigglebotRN
Thank you so much for responding! And yes spoke with HR before I even accepted it job and I asked if on Sunday's I could work nights and the HR lady said it was no problem at all. I understand HR isn't the one who works on the unit and scheduler. I have to work 2 weekends a month and I don't have a problem with Saturdays. My church is the biggest part of my life and it was hard for me to get this job. And I do understand that I won't get everything that I want and I don't think I should have priority over those who have more experience than me. I just want to see if there's anything else I can do.
One thing you could try, as you get to know people at work, is to ask around about whether anyone would be willing to swap days with you -- some coworkers might be willing to work Sundays for you if you work Saturdays for them. If you're willing to work more Saturdays, that might be a way to get your Sundays off. You would have to go through your nurse manager to do that. I've done something similar in the past -- I was part of a team in which each of us worked one evening a week (Mon-Fri), and we hired someone new who announced, after
she took the job, that she really didn't want to work any evenings. I really hate working early mornings and don't mind evenings, so I agreed to swap her evening shift for one of my early day shifts.
People like having Saturdays off -- that might work for you.
And, lesson learned -- the HR people typically don't know anything about scheduling (and other "real life" issues) work in nursing, and they don't like giving people bad news. They say, "Oh, that will be fine" to most anything, and take no responsibility later for having given you bad info. You really need to talk to the nurse manager about specifics of any job.