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Keep asking full time staff to do overtime

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by MTRNlove MTRNlove (New) New Nurse

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On 2/10/2020 at 3:22 AM, Animal House R.N. said:

Girl this is nursing at it's finest. They will work you till you drop. They are not your friend, (except in rare cases). Their job is to cover the empty shifts.

 

And when you do drop, they will unceremoniously keep right on going without you.  

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TriciaJ has 39 years experience as a RN and specializes in Psych, Corrections, Med-Surg, Ambulatory.

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This is one of those things they don't teach you in nursing school.  We all had to learn to handle the guilt of saying no, and then learn to lose the guilt.  Everyone who caves in just supports a system of chronic crisis staffing.

Repeat this sentiment to yourself "I just can't possibly be my best self without adequate rest."  To your employer "I'm sorry.  I'm just not able to today."  Like others have suggested, pitch in once in a blue moon when they're really in a bind not of their own making.

3 minutes ago, Kooky Korky said:

And when you do drop, they will unceremoniously keep right on going without you.  

Yup.  Your reward will be a one-way ticket to the glue factory.

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Welcome to nursing.

Say no, you have plans or tell them that you have other obligations outside of work so it makes it very difficult to pick up extra shifts. And like others said above, if they call, don't answer.

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Alii specializes in No speciality.

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Actually mine is just to tell you that you should know your rights , staff should be guided by the hospital policies,

Having said that, lemi add on this, do you about WESTWAYS STAFFING?? Or anyone employed by them? Thanks.

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On 2/15/2020 at 1:56 AM, TriciaJ said:

This is one of those things they don't teach you in nursing school.  We all had to learn to handle the guilt of saying no, and then learn to lose the guilt.  Everyone who caves in just supports a system of chronic crisis staffing.

Repeat this sentiment to yourself "I just can't possibly be my best self without adequate rest."  To your employer "I'm sorry.  I'm just not able to today."  Like others have suggested, pitch in once in a blue moon when they're really in a bind not of their own making.

Yup.  Your reward will be a one-way ticket to the glue factory.

Do not apologize.  Do not weaken your NO with "I just am not able to today".  They will feel the weakness and start either ordering you to stay or trying to bargain.  Well, can you stay for 2 hours?  4 hours?  Can you go deal with your issue that needs attention and then come back? No.  None of that.

Just say a short, one word - NO.  Say it with no apology and no smile, no hint of any weakness or seeming like you are sorry you can't stay to clean up their mess that is made by their greed.

Ever read "Black Beauty"?  Read it, watch the movie.  It will tear your heart out and hopefully give you some understanding and some backbone of why you must JUST SAY NO.

If they ask why, just say you can't do it, you have things that must be tended to today (or whenever they want you to work).  AND WALK AWAY. 

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