Quote from EmilyjaneLPN
So I was hired back in January to work 1st shift at our LTC unit and our Dementia unit. As soon as my training was up my boss said I will be staying in the LTC unit and working 2nd shift. I decided that would be fine yet was upset that it was changed AFTER hiring me.
I have been working 2nd shift in the LTC unit since January. We have been extremely short staffed so I always am willing to pick up and even work 80 hours a week occasionally. I even offer to work 3rd shift at times of need. My boss approached me about going to the dementia unit to pick up another nurses hours that are leaving. I would only be working in the dementia unit once every 3 weeks to cover their weekend. The nurse that currently works there said she struggles with not being there for 3 weeks and then coming back to tons of changes. I'm worried this will be stressful with only being over there once every 3 weeks and it will put me at higher risk for a med error. I explained this to my boss and she didn't understand. It just seems silly for me to train just to work over there once every 3 weeks.
My boss realizes I have accommodated to their needs a lot since I've stsrted and that I have picked up a lot of shifts for them. More than others. I feel that with as much as I've helped them out I wish they would hear my concerns and take them seriously. Instead of saying "these are just the hours we have to offer". I'm still a new nurse and still very young. I'm not sure how to handle this situation. When I told my boss how I felt she thought I was crazy. I don't know any of the residents in the dementia unit or their meds and to only go once every 3 weeks seems hard.
When you were hired, did you have it in writing that the job was to be first shift? Or did your offer letter say, as most do, that you were hired for "first shift, or additional shifts as needed to meet the needs of the unit"?
You've been a good employee so far, and that is to your credit. You're so close to a year, I hope you continue to be a good employee. Hopefully your employer is willing to train you to the dementia unit. If you do float -- and floating is pretty normal, too -- you may find that you like the dementia unit. Or not.
If you feel, upon reflection, that your employer is taking advantage of you, you will have a year of experience in just a few months. Do what is asked of you, and when you've had the year of experience, you can start looking around for a new opportunity. Or maybe you'll have proven yourself so valuable to your employer that they're willing to change your hours to keep you.