Unfair Scheduling

  1. Help.
    I work at a privatly owned physician day procedure unit as an RN. We work a 4 day work week and are expected to be available for 12 hours each work day. We receive our schedule the day before we work. We may work 8-12 hours. We are paid time and a half for hours over 40 in a work week.

    Due to nurse shortages (high turnover) and increased workload our hours have been increasing steadily.

    Many of us nurses do not want overtme and feel it is unfair to be asked to be available for 48 hours a week, based on our 4 day work week. It is also unfair to have a less than 24 hours notice of our schedule. Many of us getting 45+, when we used to get 34 hours.

    We have approached thw nurse manager with no promises of change or solution.... only excuses.

    Please help!

    Work/life balance is important to us!

    Thank you in advance!

    TimeforMe
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  3. by   203bravo
    Quote from TimeforMe
    Help.
    I work at a privatly owned physician day procedure unit as an RN. We work a 4 day work week and are expected to be available for 12 hours each work day. We receive our schedule the day before we work. We may work 8-12 hours. We are paid time and a half for hours over 40 in a work week.

    Due to nurse shortages (high turnover) and increased workload our hours have been increasing steadily.

    Many of us nurses do not want overtme and feel it is unfair to be asked to be available for 48 hours a week, based on our 4 day work week. It is also unfair to have a less than 24 hours notice of our schedule. Many of us getting 45+, when we used to get 34 hours.

    We have approached thw nurse manager with no promises of change or solution.... only excuses.

    Please help!

    Work/life balance is important to us!

    Thank you in advance!

    TimeforMe
    Sorry to say, but unless you are under a specific written contract that specifics your hours then you are left with only a few choices.

    1) accept it the way it is until the shortage is cleared and the scheduling goes back to the way it was
    2) refuse to work the extra hours -- this will surely get you fired
    3) find another job

    The company has a right to schedule according to their needs - not your convenience.

    Whatever choice you make, I wish you the best
  4. by   caliotter3
    In your first paragraph, you stated you are expected to be available for 48 hours each week. Later you state you were happy with 34 hours and don't want more. If the expectation was 48 when you were hired, then you really should be looking for another job. It is unreasonable to expect the practice to maintain less business simply for employee convenience.
  5. by   meanmaryjean
    Vote with your feet.
  6. by   TimeforMe
    Thank you for your reply.
    I was hired full time with the expectation of 34-36 hours. Due to an increase in Physician staff, procedure increases, and nurse staffing shortages the work hours have increased.

    The unfortunate part of all of this... I truly love what I do. The extra hours have been going on for more than 6 months. My goal is change and fairness for the overworked amazing group of nurses. The charge nurse has no suggestions for change, and as soon as we hire a new nurse... one is leaving due to the stress of all this. I wish retension was a prioroty.
  7. by   203bravo
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    I wish retension was a prioroty.
    AMEN
  8. by   Not_A_Hat_Person
    Does your state board of nursing allow mandatory overtime? If not, you may want to talk to them about it. Otherwise, vote with your feet.
  9. by   TriciaJ
    Quote from Not_A_Hat_Person
    Does your state board of nursing allow mandatory overtime? If not, you may want to talk to them about it. Otherwise, vote with your feet.
    I doubt that the State Board of Nursing has anything to say about hours or work conditions. If you are getting paid overtime for any hours beyond forty, then the Labour Board probably does not have much to say either. I very much doubt there is a union.

    Unfortunately, OP and her coworkers are either going to have to work with management, wait for help to arrive or find other work. It's a bummer. I hope management can see that a bigger crisis is brewing.
  10. by   RNperdiem
    Think of your workplace like a small start-up type company. There usually isn't enough staff to handle an increased workload so it means longer hours are expected sometimes. Companies like these are not into work-life balance. The high turnover of nurses tells a story.
    If you work for a big university hospital, there is often a large float pool to help with staffing fluctuations. If the acuity gets high or a nurse calls out sick then call the staffing team and they will send the unit a couple of nurses. Ever since my hospital increased the number of the flex team nurses to cover staffing issues, I have never been called at home since.
    If work-life balance is really important, you might consider a different workplace.
  11. by   klone
    Are they actively recruiting for/trying to fill RN positions? If not, then the situation is likely not going to change. If you have decided that it's untenable, then your only option is likely to find a different job.

    Unless ALL the nurses stand up to the manager and say you will all plan on leaving unless they hire another nurse. That might be the kick in the pants needed. I would recommend scheduling a sit-down meeting with the manager and have as many nurses present there as possible to present your case.
  12. by   Crystal-Wings
    Quote from meanmaryjean
    Vote with your feet.
    I see what you did there lol.
  13. by   Stella_Blue
    Often times that's just how nursing can be. I've worked jobs where we have been in mandatory over time for almost a year. It sucks but it's the nature of the beast. That job then is the reason I never pick up any extra shifts now, it burnt me on OT.
  14. by   Been there,done that
    "Due to nurse shortages (high turnover) and increased workload our hours have been increasing steadily."
    It's a no win situation. There is a nursing shortage due to high turnover.. due to administration choosing to flog you like a mule.
    I agree... walk with your feet.

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