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Ok.. this is gonna be a major whine fest, so don't read if you don't want to hear a bunch of whining :)

Today I worked a PD (extra shift) in which I get paid when I leave, it is also at $35/hr.. This was money I was gonna use to buy some new clothes, scrapbooking stuff etc... On the PD I pretty much say if I want to stay on my floor (5w) only or if I will go where needed.. I only want to work MY floor... I get to work everything is good, I have 5patients, so not too bad... Well about 10am they call and say we are overstaffed and they want me to go finish my PD on 4C, I said well I don't want too.. She said they were really short handed, and I knew if I didn't go, I would have to wait for a partial check to be cut... So I said sure I will go... I get over there and there is 1 RN and 2 LPNs, I take one of the LPNs place (keep in mind I am a RN)... They had it split where the LPNs each had 8 and the RN did IV stuff and followed on them, she had 3 that she did everything for... I get assigned 9 patients!!!! The other RN only had 3, plus she had a LPN doing all her meds, so I had to do all my stuff, while she sat around... I make it through the day thinking WOW I get to take home $300 dollars today.. I go to pick up my check and they didn't have it!!! :mad: I want to cry, I want to kill someone, I want to quit.. I'm so upset right now.. I could have left this morning at 10, if I knew I didn't hvae a check... They said it would be "sometime" this week.. You know, I will have that check in my hand by noon or I will not do anymore extra shifts for them...

You don't treat your employees like crap and expect them to just take it...

Ok... Sorry about that :)

chris_at_lucas_RN, RN

Has 7 years experience.

You know, hon, that doesn't sound like whining to me, it sounds like you are justified in feeling frustrated.

You must be tired after your regular shifts and then to have the extra shift work out like that, well, it just wasn't very nice, was it.

Not that you asked for advice, but other than today you sound like you like your job.

I wouldn't quit if I were you, but if you are asked to work an extra shift in the future, make sure it is clear when you will be paid, where you will work, any of those other little details that seem piddling to others but make a big difference when it is you.

Thanks for your post. I'm glad you felt safe enough to share. It's part of the BB's "reason for being."

Tweety, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg, Trauma, Ortho, Neuro, Cardiac. Has 28 years experience.

Don't apologize. You're not whining. Your venting some serious frustrations. I hear ya!

Antikigirl, ASN, RN

Specializes in Education, Acute, Med/Surg, Tele, etc. Has 13 years experience.

OUCH!!!!! Been there more times than I have actually gone to the bathroom! LOL! OH boy...okay time to step back..find the reason for why you do what you do...and put it back in a way you can cope with this unfortunate practice that is done ad nauseum!!!

PATIENTS! or as we so fondly call in the nursing field "clients"...them, those guys! Yeah, there is a time when we get royally 'insert word here', more times than most...but focus it on the reasons why we did that whole nursing school, or other training for??? That may help lighten the load...proably not, but worth saying..LOL!

OH..I about killed my admin YESTERDAY! I am an admin nurse..I do all the checks and what not for charting..and when things require RN, I do them... But all the sudden, like I didn't have that much to do, the second in command at my facility asked me to be the CNA float?!?!?! Okay...how do I be PC in saying "what the #$&@^!" I just said...okay this will be fine, but who will be the nurse?...she said no one....then I reminded her that that increased the rate of just our diabetics being sent code 3 ambulance to the ER?!?!?...She finally appologized and said.."I thought you nurses did everything here, you are suppose to back up in any position!" I told her "yeah and you deal with more..and I heard we were two cooks shy this evening???!!!" I won!

It happens...just judge well your battles..if you absolutely felt this was a very large slap in your face..tell someone...but remember...what will it do to the patients??? I would have done the float job, if someone came in to relieve the nurse position which is the priority! But I would have done it to ensure the patients well being!

Yeah..I know...it sucks...but remember...you get a dose of this in EVERY facility! So you have to have something to go on...

live4today, RN

Specializes in Community Health Nurse.

Ok.....................You don't treat your employees like crap and expect them to just take it................

Unfortunately, many hospitals and other places of employment do treat their employees like crap AND expect them to take it. :angryfire It's up to the employees to stand firm against such abuse.

SmilingBluEyes

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

I agree with Renee....and you are welcome to vent here anytime. I am happy to listen. In your place, I would be INCENSED!

Thanks for the understanding post....

I know I could have easily said something to the RN about the splitting of patient load not being fair, but honestly I just chose to deal with it take care of my patients... I'm not a fan on conflict but I do normally stand my ground and voice my opinion. I honestly can't see how SHE would have thought it was right.. I would never do that to someone, especially someone who came over to help them out...

I hate being lied to.. And that is what the House Supervisor did to me.. She told me there was only 1 RN and 1LPN for 18 on the unit, and if I went over there that would make 2 RNs and 1 LPN.. But when I arrive there was 1 RN and 2 LPNs.... Umm, I guess she counted wrong...

And honestly I don't know how or why my check wasn't there.. The PD schedule is turned in way before the main schedule comes out, so the KNEW I was gonna be there..

Ugh. Here I go whining again.. I think its bedtime :)hehe

NewEnglandRN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg, Psych. Has 4 years experience.

Sorry your shift was bad. Just keep in mind all the scrapbook goodies you can get next week!

Roy Fokker, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER/Trauma.

Wow! I learn something more everyday!

Rant! Vent! Cry! Laugh! That's what we BB-pals are for :)

*hugs*

Ortho_RN, I am sorry you had such a miserable shift. :o I agree with the others...whining, problems, venting, whatever it is, go ahead, that's why we're here! My hospital use to pull that lovely stunt on me. They would ask me to come in to work my usual floor and 99% of the time they would float me. I told them I hated being transferred to a different floor, especially when I am coming in on my day off, but they wouldn't listen. Finally, I stopped picking up shifts. Then they acted shocked and puzzled regarding the fact that I wouldn't come in. Now they have agreed not to transfer me if I am indeed helping them by coming in on my day off. I always get this agreement in writing now. Sad, but that's what I have to do.

Supervisor's are notorious anti-social pathologic liars.

One of those types let a patient commit suicide at this former hospital I worked at, because she wouldn't order a CNA sitter for that 51/50 patient.

I'm getting really depressed here....

Ok.. this is gonna be a major whine fest, so don't read if you don't want to hear a bunch of whining :)

Today I worked a PD (extra shift) in which I get paid when I leave, it is also at $35/hr.. This was money I was gonna use to buy some new clothes, scrapbooking stuff etc... On the PD I pretty much say if I want to stay on my floor (5w) only or if I will go where needed.. I only want to work MY floor... I get to work everything is good, I have 5patients, so not too bad... Well about 10am they call and say we are overstaffed and they want me to go finish my PD on 4C, I said well I don't want too.. She said they were really short handed, and I knew if I didn't go, I would have to wait for a partial check to be cut... So I said sure I will go... I get over there and there is 1 RN and 2 LPNs, I take one of the LPNs place (keep in mind I am a RN)... They had it split where the LPNs each had 8 and the RN did IV stuff and followed on them, she had 3 that she did everything for... I get assigned 9 patients!!!! The other RN only had 3, plus she had a LPN doing all her meds, so I had to do all my stuff, while she sat around... I make it through the day thinking WOW I get to take home $300 dollars today.. I go to pick up my check and they didn't have it!!! :mad: I want to cry, I want to kill someone, I want to quit.. I'm so upset right now.. I could have left this morning at 10, if I knew I didn't hvae a check... They said it would be "sometime" this week.. You know, I will have that check in my hand by noon or I will not do anymore extra shifts for them...

You don't treat your employees like crap and expect them to just take it...

Ok... Sorry about that :)

I am considering reporting my employer to the state wage and hour division for not paying me for a shift worked in August. First they shorted my check, then they forgot to pay me, then they offered me 1/4 of what they owe me. I gave them back the 1/4 and told them I needed the full amount. Still waiting.....it's October 22 now.

I have also had paychecks take up to 10 days to clear the bank and just got something weird in my account from another paycheck.

It is against the law and they are subject to fines for not paying employees timely. If you get paid twice per month or every 2 weeks, they are required to pay you the full amount owed within 14 days of the end of your pay period with a real paycheck and paystub - period.

You can't be paid on Monday instead of Saturday or 4 days late or after 2 p.m., etc. The pay is due to you on time.

Each state is different. I called Federal Wage and Hour and they told me that for my state, the state will "go after them". Federal Wage and Hour was the quickest and most knowledgeable hotline to ask. There is a form to fill out and your mail or fax it in. (and you will be blacklisted for the rest of your life)

A couple of years ago, a big error was made in my paycheck and I worked agency. I asked for a real paycheck with a real paystub. I was waiting for the paystub to finish a refinance. The reply was "Do you have financial problems or something? Why do you want this?". I did not report them. I did not get a paystub in time to refinance.

How's that for a ranting, whining, written, tantrum?

About the bad day at work -- there are a lot of opportunities out there for nurses right now.

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Feel better? (Now that you've vented, I mean.)

If this is common practice at your facility, don't pick up any more PD shifts. I'm sure the other staff got paid on time. I had this happen at another place I work at and asked HR if they got their checks late. It never happened again!

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