I work 7-3 mon thru thur at my facility. One of the things I was told when I was hired was that once a month I would have to cover for the weekend bailer (spelling
?) shift for the male nurse who works it, as he is in the army reserves. I didnt have a problem with that. The shift is Fri, Sat and Sun, 3 12 hour shifts. The position gets weekend differential pay and night differential pay, which starts at 3pm. You also get paid 8 extra hours, work 36 and get paid for 44. I was recently offered the position, as the nurse who works it is pretty sure he is going to be called into active service. I accepted the position, and was put on the calendar starting week after next.
Heres my problem. First of all, I was told that I did not get the bailer benefits when I covered, because I did not "own" the position. I did not like that, but the staffing coordinator basically said tough, you agreed to this when you took the job. But, I was offered the position, and accepted it.
Then, last week the schedule coordinator called me in her office and said, "By the way, I just needed to clarify something. Joe, (not his real name), doesnt want to give up his position. So the position is not yours, and that means you dont get the bailer benefits. I am on the schedule for the next 5 weeks on this position, 'covering'. I feel that this is totally unfair, and after thinking about it for a couple of days and discussing it with my husband, went to the DON about it, and to talk to the staffing scheduler. The first time I tried to talk to her, I said, "I really need to talk to you about the position. I said I just feel that it is unfair that I dont get the benefits." She cut me off and said "FINE." and walked away from me. I said, "Are we just going to leave it at fine?" to her retreating back. She said, "Its 8am, I havent had my coffee yet, and I am not doing this now." So I said, "May I come and talk to you about it later?" She actually said, "Whatever." and walked off. :uhoh21:
So, later I did go in to talk to her, I apologized, "I dont mean to make your job harder, and I want to support our military and all that, but I have 2 small children and a husband, and it is the money difference that made me decide to give up my weekends." She said, "I just dont have time for this right now." I tried to say that that was fine, as I work day shift for one more week, and hopefully we can work something out by then. She just snapped at me about not having time for this right now, so I gave up and left.
I was warned that this is how she it, but I really cant see that there is any fairness at all in this situation. ANYBODY have any advice, input? I tried to handle it professionally, I was not defensive, even though she was so rude to me. I am at a loss as what to do. I really dont want to quit, I am a new nurse, and just getting my bearings. I am really learning a lot, and I like the people I work with. But I feel as if this is blatantly unfair I could just cry.
I am also frustrated and angry at the treatment.
:angryfire Should I just say forget it and go back to my 7-3 shift? Or take it as a warning as to how this facility treats its employees?
Any help at all would be soo appreciated.:bowingpur