Do hospital CMs work during holidays?

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by rearviewmirror rearviewmirror, BSN, RN Member Nurse

Specializes in ER.

Hello fellow case managers; I am actually half of a CM since I only do utilization review, not traditional case management. I got a job at a hospital system for utilization review/CM.

It's a hourly position which I am okay with, but also was wondering if hospital CMs get paid 4-day off for holidays like Thanksgiving or Christmas. I did UM at insurance side so most of major holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, we had 4 days off - for example, as Thanksgiving is on Thursday, do you also get Friday off so that you get 4 day holiday?

Thank you, the input will greatly help me what to expect!

Oldmahubbard

Oldmahubbard

1,487 Posts

I have heard of no employer in health care or anywhere else making the Friday after Thanksgiving an official paid holiday. Many people do take it off, using their accrued time. Same with Christmas.

SummerGarden

SummerGarden, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in ED, ICU, MS/MT, PCU, CM, House Sup, Frontline mgr. Has 14 years experience. 3,370 Posts

Within the hospital setting I worked for two major healthcare providers as a case manager and for one as a UR/UM nurse, all of my employers required holiday work commitment even as a UR/UM nurse. Typically we had to work 2 minor holidays and 1 major holiday in a 12 month calendar year. Also, we only received holiday pay for the national holidays (worked or otherwise). Any other time off had to be approved and had to be covered with our hours of PTO. By the way, depending on the number of case managers within your department, it may be hard to get time off especially around the holidays because case managers have to cover each other for time off (similar to bedside staff RNs).

rearviewmirror

rearviewmirror, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER. 231 Posts

Oh wow, thank you, didn't know that!!! I guess one benefit of working at payer side is that we got to enjoy relaxing major holidays. Yes, no kidding, I would have Thursday and Friday off for Thanksgiving so everyone had 4-days off including Saturday and Sunday; same went for Christmas, and 3 days off for New Years. I don't regret changing over, just will have to adapt to the hospital UM culture.

KelRN215, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pedi. Has 15 years experience. 1 Article; 7,349 Posts

I have heard of no employer in health care or anywhere else making the Friday after Thanksgiving an official paid holiday. Many people do take it off, using their accrued time. Same with Christmas.

Plenty of employers outside of healthcare close on that day and make it a paid day off. My fiance and brother, for example, have both always had that day off. I would expect that many companies will also close on Christmas Eve this year, since it's a Monday. Last year, my fiance's company also closed on July 3rd because the 4th was on a Tuesday.

I have had 1 healthcare employer that closed on Black Friday. A home health agency- we closed early on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and closed on Thursday and Friday.