SDA and when to bring up no Saturday work

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I am SDA and actively searching for a new job but I wanted to know when is the best time to let interviewers (nurse mgr) that u cant work on sate since its the Sabbath.

The job im at it came up anout scheduling and I was upfront said I cant work Saturday days but can do sat nights but not fri nights since its every other weekend hence why I've always worked on nights. When its my wkend to work I just do sat and sun night.

I dont want to bring up the topic too late. How do I go about this?

Specializes in LTC.

I just work the Sabbath. I'm also SDA.

Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN

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Specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma.

There is a huge thread on this.....https://allnurses.com/nursing-and-spirituality/seventh-day-adventist-914549.html

Emergent, RN

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I used to be a very devout Catholic. The Catholic church has a mandatory Mass attendance policy that is automatically dispensed for necessary work, or for illness. I'm sure your church is the same. There are SDA hospitals and Jewish hospital. They don't close down on the Old Testament sabbath.

Kyrshamarks, BSN, RN

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The priests in the temple worked hardest on the Sabbath to God (DA 285). God works on Sabbath, upholding the universe and answering prayer (DA 206). Those who work to relieve suffering, those who support by their labors the ones who are engaged in direct care of the suffering, and those who lead out in worship are honoring God by their Sabbath activities.

kakamegamama

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Kyrshamarks---what is "(DA 285)" and "(DA 206)"? thanks....

chare

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You should address this issue during interview. However, rather than flat out stating that you can’t work Saturdays ask how the unit defines the weekend. For example, on my unit the one weekend requirement can be any combination of two weekend days and not necessarily the traditional Saturday-Sunday.

If the unit’s requirement is to work the traditional weekend, I agree with Alisonisayoshi, it is probably best that you don’t raise the issue and work.

Wishing you the best in your job search.

SherluckyRN

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You should address this issue during interview. However, rather than flat out stating that you can't work Saturdays ask how the unit defines the weekend. For example, on my unit the one weekend requirement can be any combination of two weekend days and not necessarily the traditional Saturday-Sunday.

If the unit's requirement is to work the traditional weekend, I agree with Alisonisayoshi, it is probably best that you don't raise the issue and work.

Wishing you the best in your job search.

I agree..I I'll ask them to define their weekends as I will be doing nights. My last job for wkends u can do fri, sat or sun night. I'll ask thnk u

Kyrshamarks, BSN, RN

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It is part of the Adventist code. Every religion out there states that reliving suffering on the sabbath is allowed and to do so is doing gods work here on earth and is the same as observing the sabbath. Any priest/pastor that says otherwise is misinterpreting the bible.

I also think hunk personally many people use the "I can't work on the sabbath" line to just get out if working on weekends completely.

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