At my hospital.....yes, census is down a good bit. On my unit, no. I have gotten my 40hrs. per week with no difficulty. They call people off, but NEVER me, not even when I request it. I had overtime twice.
The general M/S unit is being shut down a lot and its nurses are being floated all over. Some of the nurses from that unit are trying to "put their foot down" and are being difficult about being floated. They have used up all their PTO but request to be called off instead of floated. Then, when they are floated, they spend the day going around looking at everyone's diagnosis and raising heck about "this pt. should have been on our floor, that patient doesnt need to be here, they are a M/S pt.". Laughable really, they way they act, you might get the impression someone was listening to their complaints or that they had a say in any of it. Nothing could be further from the truth though.
I'll say this though, and I'll probably get laughed at like I do at work, but no one has proved me wrong:
If you dont want canceled for low census and want to keep your hours, act like you want to go home. Thats what I do. I always say I want to go home (I dont, I am trying to buy a house), tell the supervisor they can send me if need be and make a scene about needing a day off. Sure enough, as reliable as the sun coming up, they play devil's advocate and make me stay. Its how they work, they dont know how else to make decisions other than to always moderate towards whatever it is you are not asking for. Since I say I want to leave, they go out of their way to make me stay. Like I said........never less than my 40hrs and OT twice recently...........while other people have used up their PTO and are being forced to take mandatory call offs. Hospital administration and supervisors are like puppets and you can make them dance any old way you wish if you know how.