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How long is a 3 person waitlist for day shift?

Posted

Specializes in MedSurg.

I'm a new grad and just got a job offer for a night shift position, and I was interested to know how long the waitlist is for day shift (in case night shift really doesn't work for my body - I've never worked nights before). The manager said there are 3 people on the waitlist in my unit. I know it COMPLETELY depends on turnover and the size of the unit, but about how long of a wait do you think that is at the average hospital? less than a year? 1 year? 2 years? It's a medsurg unit.

Edited by NewGradNurse3

JadedCPN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics, Pediatric Float, PICU, NICU. Has 15 years experience.

There is really no way to estimate this based on the reasons you mentioned yourself in your post and some others. Turnover, size of the unit, management, maternity leave, sickness, unit culture, seniority, etc. It could be 6 months, it could be 3 years.

Nurse SMS, MSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development. Has 10 years experience.

Could be weeks, could be years.

Sour Lemon

Has 9 years experience.

Count on working nights forever, or as long as you stay at that job. You might not have to, but that's all you should expect.

amoLucia

Specializes in LTC.

2 hours ago, Sour Lemon said:

Count on working nights forever, or as long as you stay at that job. You might not have to, but that's all you should expect.

Being honest & realistic.