I recently went casual at my former employer. It is now required for casual employees to do at least 8 hours call/month which is very difficult since I work another full-time job which also requires call. I've never been requred to take call when I was casual at 2 other hospitals. Does your hospital require casual employees to take call? If so, how many hours are you required to work and how much call-time are you required to take? Thanks!
Sep 4, '08
I work casual and am not required to be on call. The benefits of being casual are that you can work as much or as little as you want, but the institution doesn't give you benefits, such as insurance, PTO, etc.. I am not required to be on a hurricane team. I am however, supposed to be the first one cancelled (thought that never happens), as I have another full time job, and the FT nurses do not have another source of income.
The only part about being casual that I'm not too excited about is that I am required to float. I'm ok with floating, but if you only work 1-2 times a month, your name will come up faster on a float list than say someone who is working full time. I agreed to work casual on a particular unit, and find it hard to keep up with the numerous changes on that unit. Factor in floating, and the fact that I haven't been oriented to those units at all, and it makes for an interesting shift. I haven't complained too loudly, as I know we all need to float, but it still bugs me.
Sep 4, '08
I'm also causal/PRN. I'm not required to take call, although I get asked to at least once a week. I almost always say "no". (It's only $10 compensation).