Anyone work weekends only?

  1. I just had my second baby and am considering taking a position when I return to work working weekends only. The pay is great and I would be able to stay home with my kids during the week. The negative is not being home on weekends when my husband is off and I could miss a lot. Anyone work weekends only? What do you like/dislike?

    Teresa
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  3. by   HARRN2b
    I would love this option.
  4. by   scizzerin
    My neighbor works two weekend nights, and makes great money. She is a single mom, and her daughter has sleepovers with her cousins on those nights, or she's visiting her father (every 2 weeks). This seems to work well for them, but I think it would be hard only seeing hubby at night when he wasn't working.
  5. by   Cardiac-RN
    I do this, and love it.

    I like always knowing what my schedule is going to be, getting paid for full time but only working part time, and being home with my family all during the week.

    Of course working weekends makes ur weekend shot, but to me its worth the trade off.
  6. by   catlady
    I worked a Fri-Sat night weekend plan in the late 80s-early 90s until the hospital abruptly terminated it. [They magnanimously said I could continue to work every weekend, but without any weekend benefit.] The plan was that I worked 24 hrs, was paid for 40, and had part time benefits and three paid weekends off per year. I am a single mom and so I felt like a full-time mom from Sunday morning to Friday night. Child care was a huge problem, of course, for those hours. It was hard to explain to people that I couldn't make some of their weekend functions, as my weekends off were booked a year in advance. OTOH, it got me out of things I didn't really want to do.

    My world (financial, child care, and otherwise) was totally upset when the hospital pulled the rug out from under us (as well as other nurses who were on special plans), and let us all know we were worthless and expendable. Now that hospital is reaping what it sowed, in terms of needing massive incentives to get people to work.
  7. by   southern_rn_brat
    I've worked weekends for over 2 years now. I took the position just to help out until we hired a weekend supervisor and it wasnt log before I claimed the position as mine!!

    It's THE best schedule ever! I'm off all week....I can lounge by the pool all day. on the weekends my butt belongs to my facility lol

    I would highly recommend it~

    The only drawbacks I have had have been things like family gatherings, kids games on the weekends, birthdays and holidays that fall on the weekend...but my entire family understands my schedule and we just plan things after i get off.

    also, if you like overtime, you can go in during the week any time you want...or if you have a great boss like mine...you can be guilt tripped into it lol
  8. by   wjf00
    I work 20 hours a week, weekend only. I couldn't be happier. I work 8 hour nights, I tried the 12's but 8 hours allows me to still have some semblance of a life on the weekends. I still get 6-8 weekends off a year, and full benefits. Plus 10% weekend diff anytime I work, weekend or not.
  9. by   barbyann
    Been a Baylor for 5 years, LOVE IT! I work Friday 7P-7A, go home sleep ALL day Saturday, return to work Sat 7P-7A, go home and sleep for two/three hours, OOB by noon and then go to bed early Sunday (8P). I never deviate from this routine. This enables me to return to a normal life by Monday morning and the only day I really miss out on is Sat. My body adjusted slowly, but it did adjust.

    My son was 11yo when I started this routine and he would sleep at Grandma's Fri. and do a sleepover at best friends house on Sat. night. I work with other Baylors who have smaller children and it is not so easy for them.
  10. by   TheCommuter
    I work full-time weekend double shifts only. I work Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and am paid for 40 hours per week with benefits.
  11. by   Nur_1996
    I am working Fri, Sat, and Sun 7p to 7a at a prison, I am going to college, working towards my RN, so this works for me. There are drawbacks though, my husband being off only on the weekends, and doing some family things. But, I try to schedule time off when able to.
  12. by   hogan4736
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  13. by   hogan4736
    it's the best when you have babies...

    i did sat/sun 16 hours each (6a-10p) for 40...60,000/year...ALL WEEK OFF...

    nothing is as good as listening to monday morning traffic when you're drinking coffee and reading the morning paper
  14. by   mtngrl
    Quote from teresab_2000
    I just had my second baby and am considering taking a position when I return to work working weekends only. The pay is great and I would be able to stay home with my kids during the week. The negative is not being home on weekends when my husband is off and I could miss a lot. Anyone work weekends only? What do you like/dislike?

    Teresa
    In my opinion, that is not a good idea. For the kids, maybe...but only until they are in school. Otherwise you would never be doing anything together because weekends would be the only time you could due to school. As for now, you are saying your husband is off on weekends, and you want to work all of them? So no family time (mom, dad, and the kids together)? That would likely hurt your marriage. And don't think spending an hour with your husband when he comes home from work during the week is going to make up for entire weekends. You would surely miss too much. There is no way I would ever work weekends because I have a daughter in school all week and my husband is only off 2 weekends a month and works every single other day. So our days together are precious and no job is worth my family time.

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