I am a dayshift person. I work 7a-7p full time. I have been with my current employer for almost 8 years. Due to the high turnover of nurses, I am about 5th on the list for seniority for our department, out of about 35. The past few years, our nursing management has made some deals with other nurses to be able to keep them. Some of the nurses wanted to go to "baylor" (weekend option) on 7p-7a, so they were obliged. So now our regular night crew doesn't have to work weekends, because of all the baylor people covering that shift. But the day shift crew is working every 3rd still, with no extra compensation. Which of course, has the day shift crew riled up. Now we will add salt to the wound, and rub it in. Since the baylor people don't have to work holidays unless the holiday falls on their weekend, guess who gets stuck filling in the 3p-11p shifts? The day shift people.
I had to work Christmas 3-11, and now I have to work New Year's Eve 3-11. Two other day shifters got pulled also, and they are as upset as I am. We weren't even asked. And the other thing that ticks us off about this, is that the people working day shift have A LOT
less seniority than the three of us that got pulled.
Seniority doesn't mean squat at our facility.....One of the nurses has already threatened to call in but the DON heard about it and told the one nurse that she would be disciplined if she calls in...love be treating like a bunch of 5 year olds....
Anyone have any ideas on how me and my co-workers can handle this unfair situation? Thanks for letting me blow off steam.......
Dec 28, '02
Let's face it---nightshift sucks. You have little ancillary support at night. The doctors are much less than courteous and helpful when you are forced to call them at night. You never get enough sleep. All the classes and meetings we have to attend are on DAY shift hours. All the luncheons/events are on day shift and we get the cold leftovers if we are lucky. When there is just ONE class we have to go to----one call-in----one person on vacation---one "whatever" that makes a change to the schedule, traditionally, we have gotten stuck covering it where I work. We now no longer have sufficient personnel on nights to cover us if there is JUST ONE SICK CALL....gee wonder why. The solution where I work? Call agency in. (hmmm that spawns another idea...different thread). Where I work, Day shift rarely covers us. Day shift is also MUCH fatter-staffed where I work. Hardly makes the differential worth it....anyhow-- ok too much junk, so, what's my point?
There are reasons many people don't work nights many places, as illustrated above. I think your nightshift crew very resourcefully found what works for them and got mgt. to buy off on it. So why blame them if they come up with a viable solution to what likely was a miserable situation for them? Who should not try the same? There ARE resources out there to fill those holes or cover what is not currently. I suggest those be explored. Like sjoe says, don't take the crap lying down. Night shift didn't .....DO something about it. Or realize you are stuck..... Or move on.......there are alternatives. I wish you luck!
Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Dec 28, '02
Dec 29, '02
I had to delete an incredibly intelligent sounding
post out of paranoia of being discovered..wahhhhhhh
they really are out to get you...
anyway I know what youre goin thru first hand
and it sucks, I dont know what you can do , here we have a union and many ppl have filed grievences against our present manager, whether it will make any difference is yet to be determined...
good luck friend
Last edit by hapeewendy on Dec 29, '02