would you work this rotating schedule?

  1. Im scheduled to work tue/wed nights then friday day shift. this is not my choice. have anyone ever done this? My instinct says fight this, but its a new job and I dont want to cause trouble. ( sorry for the grammar.typing on my hubbies tablet and not used to it)
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  3. by   meanmaryjean
    Is this on a regular basis? Because that's a fast turnaround!
  4. by   BSNbeauty
    I agree that it's a fast turnaround, my job does the same. I'm curious to what others think.
  5. by   bill4745
    I worked like that for years.
  6. by   NicuGal
    Been there done that. It sucks but you can do it. I don't think there is anything to fight, if your position is rotating then yes they can. Just stay up on Thursday and go to bed early. Make sure to stay hydrated, that helps too.
  7. by   Multicollinearity
    I would not do that consistently. It would make me feel like crap. Employers will use you as much as you let them.
  8. by   NicuGal
    They do try not to do that to us, but our hospital policy only states that you have to be off 8 hours between shifts and you can not work all three shifts in one week. Check your scheduling guidelines
  9. by   hiddencatRN
    Not voluntarily. I switched to permanent nights to avoid rotation. And the job I had with rotating shifts I did not stay at long.
  10. by   Morainey
    Weekends off? Woohoo!
  11. by   anotherone
    that is what the schedules of the day/ night people are like where i work. I never said a word. The ones that do are no liked by management and viewed as whiners. depends on your management. It was awful . I would work day, night, night, off day etc. Is this a permanent schedule or does it change weekly?
  12. by   Aurora77
    I'd work it until I found another job. That sounds horrible and highly stressing on the body.
  13. by   JBudd
    Ask HR for a copy of the scheduling guidelines/rules. If this is permissible, then you are stuck with it.

    But there is plenty of literature that shows poor health and unsafe nursing with too frequent rotation of schedules . Pull some off the net and go to your boss with them (good old evidence based practice!)

    I went to all nights/evenings to escape rotation days and nights every 2 weeks, and that was over 30 years ago. Still on nights, I'm glad to say; can't stand working days.

    I've taught clinicals from time to time, and had a very difficult time switching to a day shift for that one day during the week.
  14. by   PediLove2147
    At my old job I did Sunday and Monday night then worked Wednesday day, I only did this every other week though. I had a hard time falling asleep Tuesday night and was usually very tired on Wednesday. I was on Ambien for a while. It is doable short term, I still occasionally have a "fake day off" but I could never do it consistently again.

    I wouldn't necessarily fight it but I would definitely find out how long this will last.