Hi fellow Nurses~
I am looking through a career change to Nursing which i read online is all perfect for me, except when it comes to time off. I understand that vacation times differ from person to person and place to place, but in Ontario if you have a union your entitled to i believe 4 weeks paid vacation after 3 years of experience as a RN.
My question is first, are u allowed to take that 4 weeks at once throughout the year, or are u more likely to be forced to take 1 week maximum off until it accumulates to 4 weeks? The reason why i say this is because, since there is a nurse shortage hospital force nurses not to take more than 2 weeks at a time, or some case 1 week, is this really the case, they even would deny for unpaid leave of absence?
I also notice that Ontario has 12 Holidays throughout the year, if a nurses volunteers to work in any of the holidays i believe they are entitled to a day off anytime else in the year. Are nurses allowed to combined these holidays to their vacation time to make it an extended vacation? For example if a nurse is entitled to 4 weeks vacation + 5 holidays = they are off work for 5 weeks?
One of my greatest motivation in life is to travel, usually 1 month off a year so i can cool down and explore far places of the world. I cant travel for example to Asia from Canada for a week and back, it would be disastrous and all that jet lag! the whole point of a vacation is to go somewhere far and different not somewhere close 500 km away. I am a type of person that doesn't mind working hard and long hours in a week 45hrs-56 hrs for 11 months, as long as i am able to get a chuck of vacation at one time so i can enjoy.
Please share your experiences of how likely are u to get long vacations at one go, also if thats not the case can u always get approved for unpaid leave of absent?
Apr 4, '12
It depends on your union and whether you are part time or full time.Part timers get no paid holidays.Where I work three years as a full timer would only get you 2 weeks paid holiday.Each place would have their own policies as to how much you can take off at once.Where I work it is only a week at a time.A leave of abscence would be for a life emergency,not a vacation.
Also vacations are approved by seniority so if you are asking for time off in prime time you probably won't get it.
Last edit by loriangel14 on Apr 4, '12
Apr 5, '12
It really depends where you live and work. Be thankful as a new grad if you have work. Seniority rules. Shifts, rotations, and vacation entitlement is granted by seniority. You get what you get. Unless you've worked somewhere 20 or 30 years, often your 4 week entitlement isn't taken altogether. Furthermore, full time hours are rare. As a new grad, you'll probably get 2 weeks off the first year, if you are entitled at all. Depends on your FTE.
For example, I've been at my workplace for 18 months almost. I have 15 days vacation. I took 7 off for a total of 3 weeks because I had scheduled days off in my rotation. I asked for 5 more off for a total of 2 weeks. The month long vacations you're hoping for probably won't happen as a new grad.
Last edit by NotReady4PrimeTime on Apr 5, '12
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I in ON and there IS an RN shortage in the less desirable areas- CCC, rehab medicine, psych, I know lots of new grads walking into those lines, so don't feel hopeless. Just don't expect to be working in the ER or L&D unless you can get a new grad guarantee spot.
As for vacation, I know after you work for a number of years the vacation is good. However like others have posted, good luck getting approved. I know people with 7 years of full time who can't get more than a weekend off in the summer. Finding replacement is hard.
Although the nice thing about being pt in the summer is your almost guaranteed full time. I feel some OT in my near future!
Last edit by Daisy_08 on Apr 6, '12
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