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Am I being tricked?

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Hi everyone, I'm hoping to get some insight and thoughts

I'm a new grad, and have been offered a job at a LTC facility. they offered me a FT day shift job. Which I was eager to hear because that's what I originally wanted. The next day after speaking with them and getting my offer letter out (which I have not signed) they informed me that day shift was completely full and if I would be okay starting out in an evening position. (I don't want to do evening position because I live an hour away from the job, and would have to drive and be gone from 1-11 pm. Leaving me about 4hours a day with my son and 0 with my husband. VS day shift 5am-4pm leaving me more time with my son and husband.)

Anyway, I had declined and said I would not be able to do that shift. (I would be willing to do evenings closer to home or part time) and they messaged me the next day saying to continue on with the signing on process because they are certain a day shift would be open by the time I start. 

When the time comes do you think they are going to "trick" me into doing evening shifts. 


Specializes in retired LTC.

Could be a classic 'bait & switch'. Tread carefully.

And remember oral promises are NOT worth the paper they're NOT written on. Get any promises IN WRITING.

If they balk ..... look elsewhere.

Hannahbanana, BSN, MSN

Specializes in Physiology, CM, consulting, nsg edu, LNC, COB. Has 51 years experience.

Indeed. Recruiters are under a lot of pressure because they don’t have people bearing down the doors to work there. Stand your ground. And get it in writing. If sometime later they try to do it again, refuse. If they tell you the recruiter had no authority to offer days even in writing, complain to higher management and tell them you’ll quit anyway. 

Because you are inexperience they probably wants you to transition from slower pace evening shift than the fast pace morning shift. Evening *** is a lot easier but then you will not have a life.


Specializes in retired LTC.

sotelo - I could argue the 'lot easier' with you. Evenings in LTC get slammed with all the admissions. And I mean SLAMMED. Then there's all the leftover fallout from days to 3-11. Another super biggie is all the visiting families. Some PMPs do their visits on 3-11 as does some Therapy continuing their sessions into early evenings.

All this with the decrease in staffing and often lack of equip & other services normally avail on 7-3.

Easier??? I don't think so. The only thing that could make 3-11 easier would be for everyone (other than staff & current residents) to stay away.

I truly wonder if there's not a 'switcheroo' attempt being perpetrated on OP.


Unless they plan on terminating someone from day shift out of the blue, there won't be a day shift opening up any time soon.  If I were the OP, I would continue my Job Search.

maggie0, ADN, RN

Specializes in Psychiatric nursing.

Oh they are definitely trying to hoodwink you into doing evenings!! Don't fall for it.

I wouldn't sign.  No way.  You can just let them know, in kind words.....

"I am not comfortable signing the offer since it is not a guarantee of my desired start time (AM Shift).  When the shift becomes available for certain, then please message me immediately with the AM Shift offer and I'll gladly sign at that time."

^^^  You can use this or state in your own words.  But no way I would sign with their "we're certain a day shift will open" lingo...  😕

kbrn2002, ADN, RN

Specializes in Geriatrics, Dialysis. Has 19 years experience.

Don't fall for "there's a day shift opening!" If there is a day shift in fact opening a nurse that already works there would be certain to snap it up. If they did hire you to days instead of offering the open position to existing staff you'd be starting that job with other staff already upset you got the job. Chances are pretty high you'd have a heck of a hard time meshing with your fellow staff under those circumstances and it'd be through no fault of your own. 


Specializes in Specializes in L/D, newborn, GYN, LTC, Dialysis. Has 24 years experience.

Nope nope nope! It's a bait and switch.


Specializes in Hospice, RN, ED.

Agree with all of the above. DON'T SIGN!!