Don't you wanna work. - page 3

:( 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

  1. by   caroladybelle
    I don't accept any blocked/anonymous calls, so caller ID works fine by me.

    Also, leave the ringer off when I am asleep, if awake, I hear the answering machine click on.
  2. by   ratchit
    "Ask 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."

    Canoehead, I travelled for years and never made more than $28 an hour (which is less than my current staff nurse rate and was significantly less than the staff nurses there made.) Some travellers make $35 an hour, but no traveller makes $50 an hour. Most of my contracts paid less than $25 an hour. The agency bills $50 or more per hour, but a whole bunch goes to their expenses and profits before it trickles down to the nurse.

    I'm not trying to change the subject here, I just try to correct the misconceptions staff RN's have about travellers when I can. The real problem isn't travellers, it's hospitals that don't treat their staff well enough to not need travellers. <g>
  3. by   ceecel.dee
    Can't you just write an official request to not be called?

    Those staffing secretaries have an awful job. Give them a break!
  4. by   TNcanNURSE
    I can't rightly give her a break as I haven't done anything to her. I am not rude to her. If anyone is being rude here I think it's her.
    Official requests to not be called are not honored. She's not a secretary. She is a nursing supervisor for day shift. I really don't think it's necessary to continuously call someone after they tell you no. I really, really don't think its necessary to tell someone what you feel they should and should not do when it comes to their preferences about working OT.
  5. by   TNcanNURSE
    Hey check that out I'm a "Senior Member".
  6. by   Aussienurse2
    In Australia it's law that we have an eight hour break between shifts, you can work a double BUT they have to pay double time for the extra hours and I think there is a break policy in there somewhere. But then our union is very strong and mostly makes the right choices for us and our patients.
  7. by   kaycee
    I agree caller ID is a Godsend. I also have written beside my name not to call before 9am. I work steady 3-11 and will rarely work 7-3 and they know it.
  8. by   canoehead
    I was referring to the hourly wage paid by the hospital. They get someone who is oriented, whose work they know, on short notice. They should pay that person the same amount as they put out for travellers.
  9. by   BBFRN
    Originally posted by eltrip

    And if they REALLY NEED you, then they REALLY need for you to get more than 4 hours of sleep between shifts!
    And then, they REALLY need to offer you bonus money to take the extra shift.
  10. by   caliotter3
    Like others have said, screen your calls, turn your phone off when you need to sleep. And look at it this way, at least someone wants you! Isn't it great to feel valued and needed? I don't know whether I mean this as a joke or in a serious frame. But I'll say one thing, it's better to have your problem (solvable by screening out your calls) than the problem of being unemployed with no one, absolutely no one calling you to offer work. Hey laugh it off.
  11. by   Tookie
    Aussienurse 2 makes me apprecaite what we ahve got - Yes generally our union works well -

    TNcanNURSE - repeat after me 50 times NO NO NO NO NO NO WAY NO WAY NO WAY - NO
    This is why burnout happens in nursing - l bet the ceo /manager dosent get thse calls - - I am only learning now to say no - when l say yes to something l dont really want to do - (this is in and outside work) l check my forehead and see if the words sucker is tattoed back onto my forhead again.
  12. by   rangerwinslow
    Not that the phone companies need any more of our money, but some of them now offer a "service" for anonymous calls and has them record their name ala voice mail, but then rings your phone with a special ring, announces the name to you, then you can choose to answer or not.

    Works great on telemarketers too!
  13. by   acmoro
    Have you been answering the phone in my house? There is no such thing as a day off in nursing! There is no one around. No one wants to stay in the profession because the barracudas keep biting, and the sharks keep circling, and the future looks bleaker by the moment. Word of advice: invest in a decent answering machine with a friendly announcement that states that unless they are prepared to pay you triple time and a half, with tolls, parking/limo pickup, and gourmet meal the nearest agency!
    Good luck to you.:chuckle