"Call Back" - page 3

I have a question for you guys, how it works at your workplace and actual laws. I work night shift in the hospital and my shift starts at 7 pm. Sometimes at 6pm, the charge nurse will call one of the... Read More

  1. by   glasgow3
    Quote from bjaeram
    i guess i don't see why it's a big deal. you were scheduled to work and lucky you they weren't busy and you get a few hours to yourself. you have the inconvience of calling, not drinking whatever but you aren't at work are you? you got four hours for yourself that you normally wouldn't have. they don't want to downstaff you the entire shift because you never know how busy it will be. at least you know you get four hours. when they do that to us they often say stay home and we will call you if we need you. you may not have really any notice. i say take the four hours away from work and enjoy them!
    well, if a drop in your unit's census is of short duration and infrequent, then it's probably not a big deal. but sometimes that's not the case. then the big deal is your bills are not prorated just because your work hours have been cut. even if temporary/agency work abounds in the area (just not at your hospital/unit) you can't accept it because you are waiting around for free to see if census picks up.

    in some areas drops in census can be periodic/predictable. over the years i've watched many new grads just begin their first job, have zero paid of time accrued, and get reduced 2-3 times within a pay period. when you're working 12 hour shifts that's a pretty substantial drop in pay, and one you don't hear about in nursing school. it's a great deal for the hospital, having a readily available work force at absolutely no cost, but not such a great deal for the employee.

    even if you have paid time off available, you're using it in a manner that does you no good other than keeping bread on the table. when you are ill, or you want to take a vacation or attend a school function you won't have the time accrued to do so----you've already "burned" your time off waiting by the phone for work that often never comes.

    in these days of hospital layoffs, the hospital spokespersons invariably mention that no patient care staff will be losing their jobs-----what they never mention is that the direct care staff in effect get laid off immediately with each blip in the census thoughout their careers.
  2. by   Riseupandnurse
    just another way that nursing has allowed itself to be used and abused.