Jump to content

PTO and Vacation


Specializes in labor & delivery.


I am set to graduate in May and have just accepted my first job. I had a question about PTO and vacation. My RN position schedules us to work 40hrs/week with combo shifts of 12 and 8 hrs.

I am planning a vacation in december Sunday-Friday. Would I have to use PTO to request off for every single one of those days (even though normally I would not be scheduled to work that many in a row) or do I just use PTO hrs that are equivalent to the amount of hours I would normally be scheduled to work during that time?

dream'n, BSN, RN

Specializes in UR/PA, Hematology/Oncology, Med Surg, Psych. Has 28 years experience.

You only use PTO for the hours you would be scheduled to work. But taking vacation in December may be challenging due to the holidays, especially as a new employee. And some employers don't allow any vacation during that time of the year.

Hoosier_RN, MSN

Specializes in dialysis. Has 28 years experience.

Exactly what @dream'nsaid. Many don't allow from day prior to Thanksgiving until January 2nd to allow for adequate direct care staffing through holidays, and in fairness to all direct care staff