Okay so I'm kinda stirred up right now. I'm a cna, online student, accepted into an rn program and just waiting to start, mom, and mil spouse. Busy Is the simple word.
I am doing this bc i want to strengthen my basic skills for down the road--and i also have to fullfill a grant requirement of a certain amt of employment time. Also i am returning to work from being off while playing mommy for a few years and basically trying to strengthen my resume in all areas. Ive only been with the job for abt 3 months. I need at least 6 months to fulfill the grant requirements and I really dont want to tarnish my new resume by leaving a new job to soon but i have some problems?
I just got home from work and this is my summary. Apologize for errors in advance-it's late and I'm tired!-I was asked to stay over for a second shift. To begin I don't mind staying over on most occasions. Matter in fact I'm averaging a total of three extra shifts per pp right now, usually one mandate and two volunteers just trying to help out-- again per pp. I'm usually always there later than my shift anyway bc I take pride in my work, make sure to do all that I can, lord knows there's never enough time!! and depending on whom I'm working with I don't like to leave a man hanging in that if the other aide is not up to par. When I'm done I usually help wrap things up where i can help.
Unfortunately this my first taste of this nursing field with the exception of some reception and small task assisting work a few years ago in an urgent care setting....I LOVE my job my residents my co workers (for the most part)- none of it bothers me except one thing. I was hired as a part timer 40/ per 2 wks... I'm averaging a hundred or more-of which approximately scheduled for 50-60hrs the rest is extra- I'd say I pick up my fair share of shifts OT and slack--and I don't mind really I can use the experience and money. I'm being mandated appx once a week of which has already taken place this week might I add.
Tonight I was asked to stay. Tomorrow I had plans w my family- hubs works the same schedule I do plus some more including overnights so we are literally just bypassing each other every few days.. In three months since I started ...Tomorrow will be the first day we get as a family all off together so needless to say we had plans for an all day adventure..zoo, shopping, drive in... Were new to the area so were trying to experience some local fun...oh and I have a ton of homework due by sat (today is Wednesday and I work until sat minus tom)... So when asked i requested kindly that i really would prefer not if at all possible but if they needed me i would.
I reminded them that I had already picked up two other shifts and had been mandated this I wk so it really would be better if I didn't bc it would ruin all of our plans we've been patiently waiting for- considering i might get two hrs of sleep...long story short they made some adjustments and sadly made an lpn stay instead.. (she didnt seem too upset once i saw her later but thats neither here nor there) but only after I agreed to stay anyway and the four supervisors on duty then told me it really was going to come down to me being mandated---???? Seriously??? Now how is that I've already been mandated this wk (and its only wed!!) and it's already my turn again?
Then they politely explained that basically everyone on my floor that I worked with has "letters" to get out of it arranged w the nurse manager? Seriously?. And for me to talk to her-- I'm supposed to start my schooling in the spring and already had been planning on talking to her abt dropping back to casual or something but what im interpretting is it doesnt seem like it would make a huge diff at this point...They have made several adjustments to my schedule already but nothing is consistant....Im getting lucky to get one day off per pp at all now.
I'm also lucky if I get 4+ hours of sleep a day anymore bc they float me to so many additional shifts- (normally I'm 3-11) and then I have to do my online classes after every other day. Im barely keeping up! Not to mention- body injuries I've already incurred I spend my off days trying to rest but there's not really time for that considering everything else and it just wears me down more--- this is insane-- I'm really beginning to question the actuality them being able to work around my school work-- I'm not convinced and personally that's priority.
Is it time to just find a better fit for my family prior to school- I hate to leave but this system is so unfair and I don't see anyone else working the amt of hours I do-nor do the others claim that they know anyone doing so... did I mention how all the employees advise me to say no everytime, to turn off or ignore their calls, and always make pity comments when they see me working extra shifts for whatever reason-- I feel this is the problem to begin with?? I don't understand how this place has like 100 employees and only 3 or 4 on the mandate list?.. Something's fishy ???
I explained how I felt to the supers and they were great to me and really honest but I gotta say I was surprised by their answers. They first told me to make sure to have a great day with the fam tom and to go home and rest that they took care of everything (wow I feel terrible like I let them down)-- secondly that i cant fix all the problems of the scheduling im only one person and i work really hard..I think they geniunely care and understand for me and that's why they were so real but the fact is they basically told me-- you're not dumb you see the errors here and we understand but there's not a real solution it's a kink in the system-- I also asked abt the 25 plus new employees they just hired and if they truthfully expected it to change once these newbies were up and running---
Guess what they thought--- yeahhh.... Again sweetie we're not dumb and neither are you--
I'm having such issues with this. I want to help but I can only sacrifice so much up and to a point. Plus is this helping me i feel like im beating my body up before i even get the chance to take my nclex!!!Im really trying not to complain-- but this just sucks...