This post screams our LTC staffing.
What ruins it are the ones that love to pick up OT until they don't. I developed real thick skin and great avoidance of the "can you help out for a few hrs?" when I was part-time. Now that I'm full time, I just get pulled to the open shifts. Makes it real difficult to get my real work done.
As a union facility (LPNs, CNA, Dietary and Housekeeping) we have a hard time attracting new employees because our starting rate is ridiculously low for those positions due to the contract.
How about pay a fair rate to start with? We already have flexible scheduling and a decent working environment, but when you are working short due to call offs....no one except that one nurse wants to pick up.
BTW, DON picks up tons of shifts (gets a bonus) and I will fill in. Its just insane.