Don't you wanna work. - page 2
:( Okay, I am sitting here reading posts. I leave to go to work in fifteen minutes. The phone rings. Gee, it's the staffing coordinator. She wants to know if I will stay until 11pm on... Read More
Jan 16, '03NRSKarenRN, "The place where I work per diem frequently calls people several times a day to see if they'll come in to work. That is excessive." The same people get called several times a day? This sounds more like harrasment to me.
I used to turn off the ringer and leave the answering machine on with the volume on low. This way if Mom wanted me she'd yell into the phone for me to pick up but if it was work calling I could easily ignore the soft murmer of the call.
Jan 16, '03Caller ID is the best investment I ever made. I was so tired of being harrased on my one or two days off a week and then feeling guilty if I said no to working extra. Now I just don't pick up the phone if its the hospital unless I really do want to work extra.
Jan 16, '03I got a second line put in some years back when I was working registry/per diem exclusively. That line is in my "office" room at the opposite end of the house from my bedroom. I give that number to employers and anyone else that I wouldn't want bothering me when I don't want to be bothered. My personal line is for those I enough about to talk to when I'm not awake!
Jan 16, '03I got called for four shifts yesterday and turned them all down. Today they called for one I could agree to and that must have made them happy because I haven't heard another thing from them all day.
I'm one of the ones who hardly ever will work extra. We have several of the other kind competing for the extra shifts. I guess they keep trying because they never know when the one time I will take a shift will be.
Jan 16, '03Just wanted to add......
I got tired of being called to work at 4am. I work days, and quite frankly, if I haven't figured out what happens with the kid by the time he oes to bed, then it's not gonna happen.
So what I did was I went to the charge desk Roladex (where they call people from) and I wrote on the card next to my name and number "CALL BY 9PM THE NIGHT BEFORE, OR DO NOT CALL AT ALL!"
Jan 16, '03Ask them if they will pay you traveller's wages for the shift- if they aren't willing to put out $50/h they don't need you that bad- that's my motto.
Jan 17, '03I've got caller id. Today was one of the increasingly more rare days that I actually did answer. The only reason I spoke with them today is because I knew I had to work today anyway so they couldn't be trying to call me in for today. I did have voice messaging. I think I need to get it back or buy an answering machine.
Today I worked for another nurse who was going to lose her vacation day if she didn't take it. Another of the vast perks offered by management is that we are required to secure our own coverage in order to get a day off. The sweet souls had the nerve to tell me that I shouldn't be agreeing to work for anyone else if I won't be able to work when the floor needs coverage.
They do give a nice bonus for working extra. However it will be taken away if you are a minute late, leave a minute early, call off, or don't clock for lunch.
I lost $500 worth of bonuses I worked my tail off for because I had the priviledge of staying home with a super case of diarrhea and projectile vomitting.
I have also learned that if you work yourself miserable trying to get a big check, that you are usually so burned out by the time you get it that it doesn't matter how fat it is.
Jan 17, '03Our staffers are required by their boss to call everyone. Most of the time I just don't answer the phone. But when I do, it's like "for the one-millionth time, no, I will let you know when I want to work overtime". LOL
But the staffers are just doing their job.
Jan 17, '03I have had Caller ID for years. When I see that it's an employer calling, not only do I not answer, I turn OFF the asn machine, so that they can't even leave a message.
I used to always say yes. I finally learned the meaning of the phrase "work your fingers to the bone and what do you get- bony fingers" and that's about it.
Jan 17, '03The only problem with caller ID is when your hospital number is caller ID blocked. You see, I have caller ID and I still get sprung by the nurse manager because I never know whether it will be her or one of my friends who is privately listed in the phone directory. What to do? I usually answer the phone or let it go to the machine if I'm that suspicious. Fortunately, I am one of those people who is REALLY good at saying no when it doesn't suit them to be overworked.
Jan 17, '03You can get a service put on your phone, so when someone who has caller ID blocked on their phone calls you they hear the follwing message:
"This number does not accept blocked calls. If you wish to place the call, hang-up, dial *83 to unblock your line for this call, and place the call."
That way, anyone who has a blocked line can't even call you.
Jan 17, '03Unfortunately, there is a difference between restricted numbers adn call blockings. I know b/c my boyfriend's mom has that feature. But I have a restricted cellphone number .... always comes up restricted, but if I try to "block" my number *67... then I get that message to "unblock" my number and try to call again ...