Weekend Options

  1. Ok.. Here is a question.. I have noticed that many of the big hospitals in big cities offer Weekend Option Plans for nurses, who want to drive there to work.. Can someone explain to me exactly what is entailed in that.. Several of my classmates are thinking of going to Baylor in TX for that..

    Just curious..

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  3. by   altomga
    Weekend option at my facility is that the nurse must work 48hrs in 2 weeks covering any Fri-Sun...(they don't have to do the entire weekend.) Some schedule it so they actually have a weekend off!! And of course they get paid bigger bucks, but they aren't full time and don't get full benefits (unless they pay the extra money for them) They also can't miss but so many days per year (like 3?)
    It's not for everyone...I wouldn't want to do it..I enjoy having every other weekend off!
  4. by   zudy
    I have worked weekend option and loved it. When I was working WEO, the weekend started at 1900 on a Friday, and went thru to 0700 on Monday. most people worked 2 12hour shifts. We were paid time-and a half, were considered FTE's, got all benefits. We got 2 weekends off a year. We had to sign a contract. Some hospitals do this differently.
    It was hard to miss all the things that go on during weekends tho, like weddings, parties, church. I'm off of it now. All my kids soccer games are on the weekends!
  5. by   Ortho_RN
    Well that probably wouldn't be for me then.. I'm trying to get pregnant and want a family, so I guess I better find something close to home
  6. by   BadBird
    I just applied for a weekend position, just waiting for all the paperwork to go through. Agency work has slowed down a bit and I need at least 2 12 hr. shifts a week so I am looking forward to WOS. I will fill in with agency work inbetween .
  7. by   healingtouchRN
    ahhhh, how I remember the Baylor plan from the 80's when we had it, unfortuately this town did away with it in the 90's for cost cutting measures....
  8. by   cwazycwissyRN
    The baylor shift I do consists of 3 / 12 hour shifts. Thr fri and sat. I am off at 7-p on Sat nights so I do still have part of the weekend to do as I want with my family. I get paid 80 hours for working the 72. I also do not have to take call (which is a real nice benifit for working in the OR)
    It has worked nice so far. Alot of stress on Saturdays, but still working out.