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Making money just by taking call

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by mikethern mikethern (Member)

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I can afford to work part time, but I am thinking that it may make more sense to just take call. This way, I will get paid for being on call, and when I work, I will always earn time and a half, which is a lot of money.

Does this sound like a smart plan?

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icuwant2rn has 1 years experience and specializes in Med/Surg.

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If there is enough on call work to pay your bills, etc. and you are comfortable with being called in at a moments notice then go for it!

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Christina1973 has 38 years experience and specializes in Informatics, Surgery.

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Another thing to remember is that, by only working "on call", you might find it difficult to keep your competencies up-to-date. We require folks to work a certain amount of their hours during regularly scheduled work time so they can keep their skills up.

Just a thought. Good luck!

Criss RN BSN CNOR

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Our facility requires you to work your entire shift before call pay kicks in. In other words, if you are 4 hours short on your standard shift, your first 4 hours of call are paid at regular rate then the rest is time and a half.

So make sure the pay is still time and a half. Most of us were unaware of it until someone ran out of paid days, missed a day and her call was paid at straight time.

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Also, check to see if your hours you actually work (not the hours of stand-by fee) are considered hours that go into your benefit pkg. If they do then you get the benefit of the time and the pay of time and 1/2.

I also agree in regards to competencies. Make sure you are working enough to stay competent.

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shodobe specializes in O.R., ED, M/S.

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All the above are correct. OT doesn't apply until the 8 hours have been put in. Also benes aren't calculated on OT ONLY on regular hours put in. So I can't see the advantage unless you are covered by a spouse or well off!

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