I have made a huge mistake...

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Specializes in ICU.

Our staffing is odd right now. We have a lot of agency nurses finishing their contracts and a lot higher acuity patients than normal. We're WICKED short-staffed.

My boss asked last week if I was willing to work a dayshift instead of a nightshift to help them out. Sure, I'd said, no worries. I'm nervous because this would be my first dayshift off of orientation, though I've been on my own for nightshift for a few months and I'm not sure if I like it or not.

The following week, I'm scheduled to take a vacation. Long story short, she needs help on another dayshift and will give me an extra THREE vacation days. Heck yeah, I'd said, but please don't abuse my offer.

She has asked twice more if I'm willing to work dayshifts, to which I apologized but said I'm not able to at this time.

I don't mind helping out, but I'm out the $4/hr shift differential and I'm helping them out without any incentive (for reference, our bonus shifts are $20 bonus/hr). My husband works second shift and nights give us more time together, but I just found out I have hypothyroidism and I'm exhausted to the core...nightshift does not help this.

Should I say no to swing shifts or see if I like days better, but ask for an incentive? If I prefer days, I may ask for a dayshift position should one come available. I'm still trying to figure this all out...

Any tips?

Nurse SMS, MSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development. Has 11 years experience. 2 Articles; 6,837 Posts

I would be honest with your manager that the biggest reluctance is the money difference. It sounds like she might sweeten the deal to get you there.

Not sure what your title is referring to. Sounds to me like you are well poised to seize an opportunity.

nurseburst, ASN, BSN

Specializes in Telemetry, Step-Down, Med-Surg, LTC. 60 Posts

I would say no to swing shifts. I simply cannot do it. I have worked night shift for almost 2 1/2 years now and have also been asked to work day shift.

I would LOVE to, just so I can see (and remember) how day shift feels vs nights but I have to keep a pretty good sleep schedule or I suffer (and so do those around me... sorry. 😅)

You have already agreed to help out twice. Politely say no and you can explain that the swing shifts are too difficult on your body. It's why I don't work threes in a row every week.

kdkd25, MSN

Specializes in ICU. Has 11 years experience. 16 Posts

On 8/22/2019 at 5:08 PM, not.done.yet said:

I would be honest with your manager that the biggest reluctance is the money difference. It sounds like she might sweeten the deal to get you there.

Not sure what your title is referring to. Sounds to me like you are well poised to seize an opportunity.

This, just be honest and tell them what you want in return compensation wise. If she agrees great, if not then you asked and she declined.