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Do all Outpatient Surgery Centers lack hours?


I was hired full time outpatient surgery. I'm usually flexed (cancelled) two days a week. Is this normal? To the outpatient nurses: How many hours do you work at your outpatient surgery center? Just wondering if I have to take an inpatient position to get 40 hours a week ? Do all in-patient positions require going on call? Thank you for your response.

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, education. Has 16 years experience.

You won't even be guaranteed 40 hours in an inpatient setting. I'm dealing with being short nearly 2 full shifts per paycheck lately. Unfortunately, surgeries ebb and flow. Slow periods are inevitable- right now it's likely to be a slump after a lot of patients rushed to get their surgeries done before the end of the year because they had already paid their deductibles. My current situation is going to be a long term deal as we've just lost a surgeon and won't be back up to full flow until most likely the end of the year- which is why I'm looking for new employment because that's just too long term to sustain financially. Your situation may only be a short term deal, but only

you can decide if it's worth waiting out or seeking new employment.

Rose thank you so much for this information. It's very frustrating because I was hired full-time and my boss controls my schedule Monday through Friday. I work six hours a day and cancelled two out of five days. It makes it impossible to have a day off and forces me to work seven days a week, and work another nursing job on the weekend. I have to decide what I'm going to do. I love the OR.


Specializes in Operating Room. Has 13 years experience.

My hospital OR is always busy. We run 10 rooms.

I'm a circulator.