A day off - page 3

Has this every happened to you? You actually have two days in a row off from work. You have no plans in particular, but have a few things to do that you've been putting off all week because you... Read More

  1. by   Roach
    Hi krbrn2b, I am sooo sorry that happened to you, I almost started crying when I read your post. One of the most important times in my life was the time I spent w/my mother before she died of Lung Ca. I certainly hope that this doesn't happen to anyone else w/something so important. Please take time for yourselves!!! Sleep when you can, buy comfortable shoes, don't do overtime,(not unless you REALLY have to), and keep your family time to yourselves. If not you will spend all your time off thinking about work, sick or stressed about things at home that haven't been done. I rarely do O.T. They can just forget it!!!! I am one of the rare smiling nurses at work.
  2. by   LAS
    I must agree with Belinda's post. Just because I am a manager does not that I do not deliver actual patient care. What staff needs to realize that managers have other responiblities. And managers also deserve a life. I must ask Daisy, what are your solutions to staffing problems? We as nurses must stop only complaining and stop acting like victims. We must become empowered and work on solutions as a "profession."
  3. by   poohnurse
    As a hospital nurse who already works 12+ hour nights I have to wonder about staffing. It's like the ER pt. who says they've had this pain for 5 days. So what made it an emergency @ 3 am? Why can't shifts with known shortages be covered before I leave in the morning instead of 2 hours after I fall asleep? I'm already working 20-35 hours of OT every 2 weeks but I still get called frequently. I too have a life, although I'm sure some people would like to see the end of nurses have off hours just as truckers do.
  4. by   Nancy1
    I have to say thank you to Belinda. i have been writing on this board for some time now and I hear ADMINISTRATION. Well, my facility covers the shifts, but the weather is nice, I think I will call in sick, and that leaves the floor short. It is true that many people are getting burned out and do not want to hear someone asking him/her to come in for an extra shift.
    Well, we now have a system which does not count the absence if you find your own replacement. The policy in our facility is very strict about call-ins. I think that at some point we have to look at the TEAM approach. If you have a headache take something and come to work, don't call me at 7am for a headache and say you won't be in for your 3pm shift. I don't want to hear it and neither do your co-workers.
    I have taken on the mantra: If you would spend less time complaining you could get more work done. NA (I know this will not make me popular, but I am honest.
  5. by   Iam46yearsold
    A day off is always mine. They can call. They can beg. I have responded to some Mass Casualty Incidents, not drills.
  6. by   rngolfer53
    Quote from beano
    Has this every happened to you? You actually have two days in a row off from work. You have no plans in particular, but have a few things to do that you've been putting off all week because you were too tired from work. You go out, get the oil changed (you've pushed it to 4000 miles this time), buy some cat food for your cat (who's been eating left over human food for the past week) stop by the post office to get some stamps so you can finally mail the now belated birthday card to your brother. When you return home, you find not one, but three guilt provoking messages from work asking if you could come in. What do you do?
    It's the job of the hospital and unit managers to have enough people hired to cover the unit. Now, if there was a flu epidemic making its way around, or something similar, it's understandable that they would call people on their days off. But not as an ongoing routine.

    BTW, I work nights and although I rarely ever hear from work during the day, I have all the ringers on my phones turned off. When I get up, I check for messages. I'm not important enough that the world will stop w/o my input for a few hours. :chuckle
  7. by   Batman24
    Say no. It's as simple as that if you don't want to work on a day off. And if you are exhausted I'd suggest not going into work as it's not worth putting your license on the line. In order to provide quality care to others we need to take care of ourselves first.
  8. by   Keepstanding
    :heartbeatyour day off is just that.....a day off ! don't feel guilty. just don't answer the phone.
    you owe them no explanations. best of luck !

  9. by   SDS_RN
    1) This post is old but still applies to the current world of nursing. :stone

    2) We all hate to leave cowokers hangin but know that your probably not the only one who is saying NO!

    3) I learned this the hard way when I picked up many shifts in a row probably more than was safe for myself & my pts and I vowed not to do it again.

    4) We have to take care of ourselves also or that will make staffing short too if we get rundown.

    5) I now know how to say NO!
  10. by   Lovely_RN
    My facility has been very short of staff for the last two weeks. I have been scheduled to work double shifts and still they call asking me to work. Um, duh I can't work 24 hours and I refuse to work back to back to back doubles...it's too draining and dangerous. They called today but I need to finish my X-mas shopping so I just looked at the caller ID and let it ring. I won't even answer because I don't feel like dealing with the begging or the attempt to make me feel guilty. Btw, I don't feel guilty, maybe if they treated their nurses better they would have enough staff but I digress.
  11. by   Ruby Vee
    [font="comic sans ms"]i bought my first answering machine because of calls from work begging me to come in on my day off. in those days (early 1980s) we were working 8 hour shifts and i could count on a call at 0500, 1300 and 2100 -- two hours before the start of each shift. and once i got married, there were two or three calls before the start of each shift. one begging him to come in, one begging me and one begging either of us to please come in. if you said no, they marked that down by your name on a list. three "nos" and you were counseled. it was easier to just let the machine get it. i still screen my calls! now, since the advent of caller id i'm still not safe. the charge nurses will call on their personal cell phones so that the work number doesn't come up on your caller id! i just don't answer the phone anymore unless i know who is calling and i want to talk to them!
  12. by   Iam46yearsold
    Nancy Reagan taught us all, just say "No"
  13. by   Otessa
    It is wonderful having an answering machine. Everyone deserves a day off. When I received those messages I promptly erased them.

    Just say "NO" if you want to do so.