Quote from USA987
I work in maternity. We are a closed unit. Our full-time is 72 hrs. every two weeks. We are required to sign up for 8 hrs. of call time every pay period. Part-time staff are also required to sign up for 8 hrs. Also, some of our per diem staff sign up for call holes if they didn't have enough shifts for the month.
It seems to work for us. On your call time, if they call you in, you have up to 1 hr. to get there. We just get straight pay if we are called in...if you don't get called in you get a whopping $3.50/hr.
I assume this is a condition you agree to when you are hired? And when it was initiated, did everyone on the unit have to agree to it? Is anyone exempt?
To the OP- I think teamwork is the key (something my units lacks a little). If it's voluntary (to come in when you are needed), the same people will likely be doing all the extra work. I think that's the reason the idea was shot down on my unit. Our unit is small (4 beds) with a small staff. And there is one per-diem (me!!!), with a handful of nurses from other units who will work extra on our unit (not much, though). You need a bigger pool of nurses for it to work. When I was staff there, I needed to cut my hours (and was not approved, so I went per-diem). If you grant someone a decrease in hours, chances are they will be more likely to help out when there is a crunch (I know this is not always the case). So, while I thought I wanted our unit to be closed (to avoid the floating in and out, and to maintain a higher quality of care), It would have been difficult to commit to more than I was already doing. And how much more can you get out of a full timer? Don't get me wrong, I am committed to my job, if I had to do it, I would. But, as with everything, some would find a way to get out of doing there share (I don't like nurses who don't play fair :angryfire
It seemed as though, for a period of time, we were a closed unit, because we were the only ones covering our sick calls (we would NEVER get a float). SO either we would work short, or one of our co-workers would feel bed and come in and do extra.
I know I'm ranting a bit, but this was a sore subject for quite some time where I work.