I have been working in a small local hospital since June 4th of this year. I am a new grad and am in orientation, but I am still doing 12 hour shifts like all the other nurses. As a matter of fact, I have been asked to work weekends when they were short and have gone in in the middle of a shift to cover for a nurse who was ill. I am now taking 5 patients, or as many as the rest of the nurses on my floor are. I found out last Thursday that I am NOT getting paid shift differential! Not only that, but I start 3 weeks of night orientation and will not be paid shift differential for that. I figured it up and they are keeping about $600 from me for the next three weeks, not to mention what they've saved during the last 6 weeks! No one told me when I was hired that they would not be paying shift diff to me while I was on orientation.
I am going to call this morning and talk to someone. I am ready to tell them I will not work nights for no shift diff and I need to be paid for the last six weeks as well. I have been thinking about this all weekend and am really pissed. Really, I am ready to quit if they don't pay me. If they are treating me like this this early, what is to come? I LOVE my job and the people I work with and don't want to leave, but to me this is too much. I talked to another nurse who has been there a year and she told me SHE got shift diff while on orientation. Is this as unacceptable as I think it is?
Jul 30, '01
orientation or not.........it's part of the hospitals responsibility to pay you the diff imo. call and get it straightened out asap
Jul 30, '01
Hi Rick, thanks for the input. I just got off the phone with HR and was told that it was a "coding error." Apparently when it is coded as orientation, it overrides the shift diff code. I will get whatever it is they owe me in my next paycheck and will also be getting my shift diff for nights!