Hours worked per week

  1. How many work nurses are working two jobs?
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  3. by   llg
    I work a hospital education job ... and teach a little for a nursing school on the side.
  4. by   Davey Do
    Back in the mid '90's, I worked 36 hours a week for a LTC facility, did visits for two HHA's and did my free lance Art which included drawing cartoons for a newspaper, art shows, street cartooning and other commissioned jobs like murals for a community theatre.

    I was in my 30's and full of energy. Alas.
  5. by   Kyrshamarks
    why work 2 jobs? I am getting 72 to 84 hours PER WEEK. Also you are never too old to work like that. I am 54 years old.
  6. by   JadedCPN
    Only reason I would work two jobs is if I wanted some variety - in the past I have worked full time in my float position, and would occasionally be a clinical instructor for some weeks at a time. Otherwise if I want extra money, I could easily pick up every single day of the week at my full time job.
  7. by   amoLucia
    I've known lots of nurses who did 2 jobs. Including a gal doing 2 FULL-TIME jobs. That's like 80 hours.

    I did some extras for a while also.
  8. by   Oldmahubbard
    I don't now, but I did for many years. Total hours a week about 50.
  9. by   Kitiger
    I've worked 2 - sometimes 3 - agencies for at least 10-15 years. This past year, I've averaged 42 hours/week, including 1 night shift/week, but I just cut back slightly, to an average of 36 hours/week. I'm really looking forward to a little extra free time!

    I do private duty, and have followed clients to new agencies, usually when the client had to switch for insurance reasons. Then I picked up hours with other clients at the new agencies. The problem with working more than one agency is that I seldom get overtime pay. On the other hand, most agencies won't allow overtime, and working more than one gives me the opportunity to make some extra money.

    Some clients use 2 agencies. In that case, I stick with the agency that first assigned me.
  10. by   SpankedInPittsburgh
    Yeah I was an ER Nurse so if never needed more than one job. OT was always readily available and I'd rather make time & a half at my place than straight time anywhere else
  11. by   AnnieOaklyRN
    I work full time as a medic 60 hours a week and per diem as a nurse about 6 hours a week. My time and a half medic pay, sadly I might say, surpasses my nursing pay by 8.00 an hour and I do a 1/4 of the work!

    every three weeks or so I do only my two 24 hour shifts on the ambulance just to get a break!

    It's kind of sad that we went from a society where one working person in the household was doable to both adults needing to work overtime to make ends meet. I am single, and in order to afford to live in my area there is no escaping the need for OT (unless of course I am willing to live in the ghetto in a slum apartment, which I am not). My sister and brother in law both work full time plus overtime almost every week, as they have two kids and more expenses in that respect, just to make it work. Less free time and more work hours for Americans equates to a society of exhausted, stressed out people with less tolerance for each other. Not good!

    Annie
  12. by   AnnieOaklyRN
    Quote from SpankedInPittsburgh
    Yeah I was an ER Nurse so if never needed more than one job. OT was always readily available and I'd rather make time & a half at my place than straight time anywhere else

    I can relate to that! I was a per-diem ER nurse for a few years and I could literally call up any day of the week and get whatever hours I wanted, but then the ruined it and said we had to have a scheduled 8 hour shift every week (which I am pretty sure is part time and not per-diem), so I said see ya then!

    Annie
  13. by   Meriwhen
    I was up to three at one point--all per-diem. But once I accepted a full-time position, I scaled it back to two jobs for a while, then cut the remaining per-diem job.

    When I was working all three jobs, I put in 40 hours a week.

    When I was working the two (full-time and one per-diem), up to 56 hours a week. I couldn't keep up with the per-diem requirements so I had to let that other job go, otherwise I'd still have it. Plus there's enough OT opportunities at my full-time position.
  14. by   SpankedInPittsburgh
    Amen Anne!!!

    I'm old (56) and can't stand other oldsters who talk about the "old days" like some sort of mystical playground where everything was wonderful. However, what you said about modern economics is a sad fact of life. I grew up in a large family in an urban environment. My Dad worked and my Mom stayed at home. We weren't rich but all us kids went to Catholic grade school and we took some sort of vacation every year. We had everything we needed on one paycheck without OT. I don't see that happening now & its sad. It's not sad that women can have a career and not be stay at home moms. It is sad that economics really don't provide that as a viable option today

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