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Has 18 years experience.

OK, we've all heard that they are eliminating 100 managerial positions.

We got the OT ban announcement last week, followed by the "part timers should pick up shifts before OT is permitted" (well, duh, that's in the contracts, can't help it if the staffing office failed to follow the rules), followed by the those on OT will be floated off to units within their services that are short.

How about the wonderful pens for nursing week?

How is AHS affecting your work day?

NotReady4PrimeTime, RN

Specializes in NICU, PICU, PCVICU and peds oncology. Has 25 years experience.

have you looked at the job board? all those vacancies we had a couple of weeks ago just went poof! couple that with the ot ban and it looks like we'll all be working for two. i wanna know what happened to that $27 billion surplus we had six short months ago. eddie scissorhands, rotten ronnie and "duck-it" duckett are really doing a number on us.

Fiona59

Has 18 years experience.

You noticed that as well!! Not even a housekeeping vacancy???

Staffing just tried to talk me into working full time over the summer on mainly NIGHTS.

I saw this thread, so just out of curiosity, I went to our health region's job posting board. Over the last year or so I have checked in there periodically to see what positions were available for LPNs. Generally for the region there were about 15-20 positions open with varying hours from full to part time.

Last night when I checked, there were two. Two positions. Both of them in tiny little towns about 1.5 hours from the major center here, Grande Prairie.

What happened here? I start the full-time LPN program in September, and I hope by the time I'm finished those positions return!!

It's scary to me to see how quickly things changed.

Fiona59

Has 18 years experience.

From what we can figure out, all vacant lines are being looked at closely. If they have two part time slots on the same unit, they are being combined into one full time job. (doesn't really matter if some staff are happy working part time) Cuts the cost of benefits for the employer. Mat leaves aren't being filled.

The jobs are there but just not right now.

Mister_Nurse

Specializes in Cardiac Sciences, Cardiology.

yeah I wonder where all these positions went. Lotta my grad class are jobless. Its funny to see UNE's having positions compared to GN's. Not liking this new cuts and new board of AHS

Fiona59

Has 18 years experience.

Don't start regular staff on UNE's. The load that have been hired at my hospital are only working day/A shifts. Now the staffing office and managers are expecting regular part-timers to pick up the evening and night slots left open.

If UNE's want to experience working as staff, let them work the shifts that staff work.

Sorry, I've been trying to figure it out, but what is a "UNE"?

Fiona59

Has 18 years experience.

It's second and third year BScN students who work over the summer "gaining practical nursing experience and increasing their confidence in their nursing skills"

Mister_Nurse

Specializes in Cardiac Sciences, Cardiology.

friends i know had interview 2 weeks ago and now are on hold. Poor guys :( Not good at all, with all them looking at things closely is BS. Guess they don't want to spend extra on benefits. Really don't like this new AHS

NotReady4PrimeTime, RN

Specializes in NICU, PICU, PCVICU and peds oncology. Has 25 years experience.

Sorry, I've been trying to figure it out, but what is a "UNE"?

Undergraduate Nurse Employee; as Fiona59 says, they're 2nd and 3rd year nursing students who typically work full time during the summer break and casual during the school year. They're supposed to function in the role of a nursing assistant but with permission to perform those skills they've been "checked off" for at school. Sounds like her hospital is using them to replace their LPNs and RNs.

Fiona59

Has 18 years experience.

The UNEs our floor takes on have finished third year. They function basically as an LPN (but here's where it gets really insulting) are permitted to access central lines and after being "supervised" are permitted to hang their own TPN. They can't have more than four patients (most complain about having four) and if their patients become unstable, their assignment changes.

Some have worked out well, others let's just leave it as they are still in school...

NotReady4PrimeTime, RN

Specializes in NICU, PICU, PCVICU and peds oncology. Has 25 years experience.

Our nurse educator has just resigned. There are 8 people who are still on orientation for whom she is supposed to provide a resource. AHS has said she can't be replaced until and unless our patient care manager files all the necessary paperwork and Dr Duck-it personally approves it. So I guess we'll all have to pick up the slack.

RGN1

Specializes in med/surg.

OK, we've all heard that they are eliminating 100 managerial positions.

We got the OT ban announcement last week, followed by the "part timers should pick up shifts before OT is permitted" (well, duh, that's in the contracts, can't help it if the staffing office failed to follow the rules), followed by the those on OT will be floated off to units within their services that are short.

How about the wonderful pens for nursing week?

How is AHS affecting your work day?

What pens? We got squat, nada, here in Calgary! :-) Tell a lie, they emailed a letter to all the nurses saying how wonderful we were & how much we were appreciated! HAH!!!

ALL the RN job postings disappeared, OVERNIGHT! Nothing has been posted since 20th May RN wise.NOTHING!!! normally there's at least 4-6 per day!! There were over 100 RN jobs listed before May 20th, now there are 15 (most of which are casual lines!) No way were all those posts filled - most hadn't even reached their closure dates!

Still, as ever we keep on going, it'll blow over eventually, then they'll be more than desperate! I just hope it doesn't affect the PNP that has just been submitted for me by my hospital.

RGN1

Specializes in med/surg.

Actually I just checked the job postings & now there are just 8 jobs in the ENTIRE trust!!

How can Duck-it even pretend on his blog that this is not a hiring freeze!??

NotReady4PrimeTime, RN

Specializes in NICU, PICU, PCVICU and peds oncology. Has 25 years experience.

Actually I just checked the job postings & now there are just 8 jobs in the ENTIRE trust!!

How can Duck-it even pretend on his blog that this is not a hiring freeze!??

The language AHS wants used is that hirings are on "hold", not that there's a hiring freeze. As of this moment those whose jobs are on the line are being held in limbo; as one person said, "Those of us who may find ourselves living on the streets might want to move to a warmer climate before the weather turns cold again." It's quite obvious that they're making it all up as they go along and don't have even an outline of a plan.

Our UNA local gives us nursing week gifts. This year we got UNA pens, a barrier device for providing AR and a retractable badge clip. Woo hoo. But it's better than the bupkis we got from the hospital.

I just cannot believe how fast, and how far south the economy in Alberta went. So much for surpluses. If there were massive shortages of health-care professionals during the boom, are we to believe all of a sudden those needs dropped as fast as the price of oil? HAH!

Things are going to get ugly. I imagine that by the time I'm finished my training (2 years, start the clock in September) either they'll be desperate for bodies to fill the positions or you won't want to set foot near ANY hospital in Alberta for fear of the nursing shortages creating nightmares for everyone.

Brutal.

Fiona59

Has 18 years experience.

Hey when I graduated 10 years back, it was the NORM for new grads to wind up in the float pool as casuals. Those that made it into active treatment felt lucky. The vast bulk of my class went into LTC/Continuing Care to pay the student loans.

The last couple of years new grads were going into fulltime lines (both PN and RN).

It's going to be a bumpy and interesting few years ahead of us...

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