Can you work straights days? - page 3

So here's the deal: I started in a hospital straight out of nursing school. Left after a VERY short amount of time (like 4 weeks) because I couldn't deal with 12 hour shifts, weekends, etc. I then... Read More

  1. by   mmc51264
    We do 3-12s I am in a new grad program and rotate 2 weeks days, 2 weeks nights. I hate it. I think I could get used to nights if I did them all the time. After orientation is over (less than a month!!!!) I am going to BEG for some sort of regular schedule. I will work weekend nights to have some regularity.
  2. by   ChristineN
    The idea of someone with your lack of experience being hired into straight days is very slim. If you actually want to get back into the acute care setting then you need to be willing to work nights, rotate, work weekends, and holidays. This is part of what comes with the territory. Sounds to me like you want to cushy hours of a clinic but with the responsibilities of the hospital, which isn't going to happen
  3. by   Meriwhen
    Short answer: yes, you could work straight days.

    Long answer: Probably not right out of nursing school, as many facilties have waiting lists for day shifts and they're not going to risk ticking off their staff to hand a new grad a plum schedule like that...not impossible, but far from probable. And probably not in acute care as hospitals are 24/7/365 and patients don't just show up from 0900-1700.

    If you're willing to go and work in clinics, doctor's offices, outpatient programs, schools, day surgery, community programs and other non-acute places, then you may just get your straight days.

    It's all down to what you are willing to compromise on. If you want the acute care hospital experience, you'll have to accept that it won't always be day shift. If you want the schedule, you have to accept that it won't always be in acute care. You won't get to have it all, at least not right out of the gate.

    So take some time to figure out what you REALLY want, as based on this thread as well as your other don't seem entirely sure of what that is yet. And that's OK...but in the end, only you can decide if what you are looking for can be found in nursing.

    Good luck.
  4. by   monkeybug
    Quote from Esme12
    because they are never able to fill nights.
    That is just awful, though. Many hospitals ensure night shift workers by 1) offering shift differential pay, so there is financial incentive to working nights and (2) hiring all new nurses in on night shift, and offering day shifts as they come open by seniority. I cannot imagine working rotating shifts. It seems dangerous to patients.
  5. by   loriangel14
    There are only a couple of straight day lines where I work and they are both occupied by the most senior staff.They still do their share of weekends and holidays. Everyone else has a rotating schedule.A new grad wouldn't get straight days ever.

    The OP seems to have a lot of demands for a new grad.
  6. by   LaceyRN12
    I never heard of having to be rotated to both days and nights...

    I guess I was lucky I was hired to days. I mean, they did ask me what I preferred. I said, "I prefer days, but I can also do nights." They still gave me my preference for days.
  7. by   Meriwhen
    Quote from LaceyRN12
    I never heard of having to be rotated to both days and nights...
    Rotating schedules are fairly common nowadays because it helps fill a staffing need. Though a lot of places will do it to minimize/avoid paying the shift differential.
  8. by   loriangel14
    We work a mixture of 8s and 12s so some rotations are D-E.
  9. by   BrandonLPN
    Well, it seems to me if you want a poop-free job with no nights or weekends, you better stick to the doctor's office. Why on earth are you trying to get back into the hospital? Hospitals are FULL of sick, incontinent people who need 24/7 care. It's not full of ambulatory/continent people who go home at 5.
  10. by   nurseprnRN
    There was something in there about his long term goals needing to be backed up with hospital experience. Don't tell me.... wait for it ..... it's coming to me... yesssss... it's.... CRNA school! Or maybe NP school. Either way, somebody must have given him some reaaaaallllllly bad information about what hospital experience involves. Or what he went to nursing school for. Or something. Because there are a lot of big-time disconnects here.

    OP, at this point all you can do is reassess your priorities: for shift work, for actual bedside patient care, or for changing your long-term goal.

    They way you're setting it up for yourself, you are doomed to disappointment and failure.

    So. What'll it be?
  11. by   meanmaryjean
    ^^^ this! ^^^
  12. by   CrunchRN
    Staff nurses almost always are required to do every 2nd or 3rd weekend in hospitals. As a newer grad you probably cannot get around that with an acute care job.
  13. by   Sun0408
    I don't think the OP is coming back..I guess the answers are not what he/she expected.