Holiday scheduling

  1. Just wondering if you all have your Thanksgiving week schedule posted on your units yet. As of yesterday, ours isn't up yet and the staff would like to know if they're working or not so they can make plans. Our HN is notorious for this. She probably won't post it until this coming Friday afternoon just as she leaves to go home. Her philosophy is that she won't have to listen to people b*tching about their days off for the holidays. All other units I've worked on usually had the time posted at least two or more weeks in advance which is appropriate I think. I am most likely working, but others would like to know what's going on. So how is it on your units?
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  3. by   Sleepyeyes
    heehee, same here, and I suspect for the same reason. *sigh*
  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    GOOD grief, both places I work have had their holiday schedules posted thru New Years for a while now....we all know where we stand. Guess it has to do with our filling holes we know existed and taking care of it. They planned ahead, so we could, too. I am glad for that. Happy holidays, by the way.
  5. by   ptnurse
    The schedule always comes out way late on my unit this time of year. I suspect also for the same reason.
  6. by   nell
    By contractual agreement, ours must be posted at least 10 days before the start of the new schedule.

    Your HN is a b*tch.

    I sure would like to know what other jobs there are in which people can't make holiday plans way in advance.

    Anybody know of any?

    How much notice do waitresses get (assuming they work in a place that is open on holidays)?

    What about bus drivers (those of you with holiday bus service - none in our town).

    Anybody married to a fireman? How much notice do they get?

    I'd really like some info on this subject.
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    try the military if you want to see frustration.....sometimes you don't know when or where you will be for the can really suck. i wish you well.
  8. by   JMP
    how does it work in the US? If you work Christmas are you off New Years and vise versa?

    We had our schedule up to the end of Jan last Friday, Nov. 15.

    We also HAVE to have 5 days off, either at Christmas or New Years and YOU CAN NOT be scheduled to work both.
    Check your policy. We have to be notified of any schedule changes 14 days in advance. Our supervisor is compliant, but to the wire.

    I always know my holiday schedule, but I don't always know what days they may move around to accomodate it.

    I have to work Thanksgiving, but they actually took me off of a weekend day for it!

  10. by   Scavenger'sWife
    We always know what holidays we are to work. When hired at my hospital, you get placed in either A,B, or C group. The holiday you work is based on your group. You either work Thanksgiving day, Christmas day or New Year's Day. Then you rotate every three years. This year I work New Year's Day. In 2003, I will work Thanksgiving Day. In 2004, I will work Christmas Day. And so on. Christmas (for my hospital) we also either work Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or the day after. So I work the 26th this year. In 2003, I will work the 24th, and as I stated, in 2004 I will work Christmas Day. It's "fair" that way to everyone and makes staffing easy.

    We are rotated that way for all holidays of the year. We each work on one winter holiday (see above) and one summer holiday. The summer holidays are Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day. They are rotated like Christmas - depends on which group you are in.

    Works for us. And you can plan waaaaaaaaay ahead of time!!:chuckle
  11. by   night owl
    Usually if we work Christmas, we're off New Year's then next year it's reversed. It seems that the same people get sick every year around Christmas time if they're scheduled to work. Not too many people are excited about Thanksgiving. I know I'm not thrilled when it comes to cooking for 25-30 people!
  12. by   tonicareer
    Store employees never know when they will work. Also restaurant workers. Usually told day by day and hour by hour. I like the A, B, C system someone described. But what if someone wants to work holidays? Can they? or switch with someone else? I assume nurses get paid extra on Holidays, am I correct?
  13. by   ptnurse
    I don't think there is really a lot of problem staffing the holidays in my unit. Generally most people have a "favorite" holiday that they prefer and sign up to work one or both of the others. Generally the nurses with young kids want to be off Christmas but don't care about being off for New Years. The younger nurses will work Christmas and Thanksgiving both as long as the can get New Year's eve and day off. Our work schedule is late coming out, but it is always late coming out.
  14. by   nurs4kids
    we work 7on/7off, so we know as far ahead as you wish to calculate..
    this year, i'm scheduled on for Thanksgiving & Christmas, off for NY's..
    got lucky though, made a deal w/ my HN before I took this position..I'll have Christmas off this year