flexible scheduling

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there are all types of scheduling. the 12 hr, 8hr, monday through friday 8 hrs and 12s on the weekend and have the following week off. why not get nurses that are already trained back on the job. maybe you could suggest to your facilities that say a mom who is a nurse has kids that are now in school, or even those on a half day. have them come in for 4 or 6 hour shifts. they could pick up the slack, if they have maintained their licenses in good standing. they could be a prn and do the pushes for lpns, do admissions as well as give discharge instructions. the catches would be that she would have enough time to reach her children in order to pick them up from school. that way within an hour of leaving she can assist with an admission but not get tied up doing the entire thing, she could start ivs and such. see if your facilities might try it. i know that there are many nurses out there that would love to work but left to have a family and now the nest is empty for a while each day. besides the extra cash may help with the families economy and the facility has nurses that are already trained. these nurses may also pick up the slack when regular staff go on vacation. there are all kinds of uses for these nurses. if someone needs a sitter than instead of taking away from floor staff have one of these nurses. also, i got the idea from one of the comercials about grandparents having the bonding with new infants particularly those who have been premature or going through drug withdrawal. so whatcha think guys? due u thinc it kan werk?

disabled disguised as marian

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Originally posted by Disabled

Due u thinc it kan werk?

I'm not sure I even understand :confused:

You've touched on some good ideas, but your thoughts seem to be racing all over the place.

And I don't understand the sudden lack of spelling ability in this last sentence.



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Heather, the lack of spelling in the last sentence was deliberate. It says "do you think it can work" I reread and I also mispelled commercial sorry. There are all kinds of staffing ideas that we can bring young moms and maybe some older ones that while the children are in school they could work any number of days they want on a 4 or 6 hour shift so that they would be able to pick up the children or be at home before the bus arrives. This will help them financially as well as helping the facility meet its staffing needs. The short hour nurse could do prn, admissions up until an hour before she leaves so that she is not caught doing it and having her late for the children. If an RN she could give the IV pushes for the LPNs. Cover for someone while they go to lunch. answer the always ringing phone if there is no secretary. There are all kinds of things this nurse can do and stay up to date with skills. Those that have their children away at school could work a couple of shifts here and there if they wanted to. They would probably get a higher per hour salary but there would be no benefits available unless they went to full time. We also have retired grandparents who go to the local hospital nurseries and rock, feed, and change infants so that they actually get more hands on particularly if they are abandoned, withdrawing from drugs, or unfortunately the ones being put up for adoption that the mother wants no contact with the child. It also gives the grandparents to help out as well has give them reasons for coming to the hospital and feel as though they are making a difference. If we had to pay or have benefits for out voluteers I am sure some of the facilities that are already in bad shape would be gone. In this day in age not one bed can be lost. So Heather does this make more sense. I use to spell that way for friends in sending emails. emails would be emales I am sorry if I confused you but I think eye hav ben on two lait!!!!

Disabled otherwise known as Marian


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It would be a bonus for those looking for short hours, but in the ER where I work, you never know when all hell is going to break loose (any second now) and you'll need an extra pair of hands. These "stay-at-home mums" looking for a few extra $$ probably would not be available at short notice. That's all they are going to get when there is a staffing shortage, or a crisis on the floor and extra hands are needed. It's a nice thought, but the reality of it isn't very practicle. With all the budget restrictions, etc, they are not going to keep R.N's on stand-by "in case" they are needed. They will only pull them in when absolutely necessary.

Just my 2 cents worth!





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Tiiki, these nurses would be regularly scheduled in order to have in house staffing at all times. The hospitals would not be paying agencies to have these already experienced nurses. Some would have CCRN and other credentials in the field they are needed for,

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