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Shift DRAMA

Specializes in Hospice, OB, Telemetry. Has 5 years experience.

OK, so back in the summer I started at a new hospital with the understaning that I would be doing 36 HOURS (3 12's) on the off-shift.

So I start working and b/c my preceptor works 40 hours (2 12's and 2 8's) I must work it as well. I bite my tongue and just do it. I find out I didn't like the unit, I transfer to another with the understanding that I would do 36 HOURS (3 12's) on the off shift. Again you must work what your preceptor does so I bite my tongue and again do 4d/wk or 40 hours. That was a total of almost four months on orientation (it's a specialty unit).

I get on my own. I am supposed to be scheduled for 3 12's. My manager comes to me and says that is not condusive to learning and she would be more comfortable with me on 1 12 and 3 8's (36 hours). I bite my tongue and do it. I later speak with my manager regarding my schedule and say I need to go to my schedule of 3 12's for future schedules. She says OK even though apparently the lady I was to bounce off of only does 2 12's and future orients are not yet out of orientation.

So she tells me a couple of days ago I would be on 3 12's. The schedule came out today and I'm NOT! I am still 1 12 and 3 8's even though I told her it is NOT a convenient schedule for me at all.

Folks, nursing is stressful enough. But I've got other issues in my life too that are stressful especially with holidays coming up. Since I've been at this job it's like it has taken over my life. I am totally stressed out and tired.

It's been nearly five months of this. Now am I wrong for wanting what I was promised?!?

MaryAnn_RN

Specializes in ICU. Has 15 years experience.

What does your contract say?

blondy2061h, MSN, RN

Specializes in Oncology. Has 15 years experience.

I think it's pretty typical during orientation to work a different shift due to your preceptor. I had to.

NeoNurseTX, RN

Specializes in NICU Level III.

I think it's pretty typical during orientation to work a different shift due to your preceptor. I had to.

Yeah, but it looks like she's completely off of orientation. Right now I'm orienting to a new hospital and I'm on days (I'll be working nights) and whatever she works, I work. Not what I would have picked, but whatever, it's what I have to do.. but when I'm off orientation, I expect to be on nights!

RN1981

Specializes in Hospice, OB, Telemetry. Has 5 years experience.

Yes but I am no longer on oreintation. I'm going into my second month on my own and I'm still not doing 3 12's.

Also, regarding my contract, when I first came in it was 3 12's on a slightly different shift (11-11). I never sigend anything when I went over to the other dept because it's basically all under OB/GYN. They're right next door to each other an under the same person. Lessons learned, I know...

Guess it may be time to start looking for something new. Shame because I like the floor a lot. I lub the babies! :-)

Virgo_RN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Cardiac Telemetry, ED.

So she tells me a couple of days ago I would be on 3 12's. The schedule came out today and I'm NOT! I am still 1 12 and 3 8's even though I told her it is NOT a convenient schedule for me at all.

Did you ask her about this discrepancy? What did she say?

RN1981

Specializes in Hospice, OB, Telemetry. Has 5 years experience.

Did you ask her about this discrepancy? What did she say?

No. Hopefully I will see her tomorrow but already on the paper it says NO CHANGES. I am sure she will tell me it couldn't work out right now.

But see that's the thing. I'm stressed NOW. I've got issues NOW I have to deal with. I'd go to part-time before I keep this up. There's a reason I said I want to work 3 12's.

Virgo_RN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Cardiac Telemetry, ED.

Ask her tomorrow. Maybe it was just an oversight.

Keep fighting for your three 12's.

Upon starting my last job, I was promised first chance on a day shift position once one opens. My NM was VERY passive aggressive. I was bounced from days to nights, even though my job description did not indicate I was "rotation". 2 months before leaving, a day shift position opened; no other night shifter wanted it. After expressing complete interest, I was told I'd "be night shift indefinately". My last schedule consisted of working 4 out of 5 shift types (7a-7p, 7p-7a, 11p-7a and 3p-11p) AND weekends.

So, the moral of this story.... Dont take "No" for an answer, you will get walked on, LOL! In addition, talk to your co-workers. Maybe someone is willing to switch a couple shifts with you??

diane227, LPN, RN

Specializes in Management, Emergency, Psych, Med Surg. Has 32 years experience.

You should place a formal request to your manager in writing with a copy to human resources. You should remind them of what you were promised and when you can expect that they will be able to accommodate you. Do you have a union? If so, you can file a grievance. If not, you can still file a grievance via HR. It is time for them to honor their promise to you. Did you get anything in writing from them stating what shift you were hired for? Remember, some hospitals have a clause in the employee handbook or union contract that says they can schedule people as needed depended on the needs of the unit.

Dinsey

Specializes in Pediatric Heme/Onc/BMT. Has 8 years experience.

Are you union?

Babs0512

Specializes in Med surg, Critical Care, LTC. Has 20 years experience.

Yes but I am no longer on oreintation. I'm going into my second month on my own and I'm still not doing 3 12's.

Also, regarding my contract, when I first came in it was 3 12's on a slightly different shift (11-11). I never sigend anything when I went over to the other dept because it's basically all under OB/GYN. They're right next door to each other an under the same person. Lessons learned, I know...

Guess it may be time to start looking for something new. Shame because I like the floor a lot. I lub the babies! :-)

Sorry to hear of your scheduling difficulties. I've been through it myself. Was hired at one time for day shift with every other weekend of evenings. That was the weekend my children were at their fathers, did this for 2 years, we got a new nurse manager, and she put me on straight evenings. I explained that that is not what I was hired to do, that I couldn't work straight evenings as I was a single parent and I would never see my children. Her response "Do your have the agreement between you and the previous nurse manager in writing?" I said "No, but there is two years worth of time cards to prove my agreement" she said "Sorry, but I need you on evenings" So I left.

WELCOME TO NURSING!!!! Where you are beaten down by administration and coworkers at every chance possible. This is where "nurses eat the young" comes from.

I hope it's different for you.

Blessings to you.

Magsulfate, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU. Has 13 years experience.

Listen, you tell her just what you typed up there. You've got to do it NOW! If she finds out you're about to get a job somewhere else, she will probably make an exception and change it. If she doesn't change it, then it really sounds like you need to find a job that you can work the hours you need.

If she is not will work with you on this, then what about in the future when something else might come up and she won't work with you??? Good luck sweetie.

diane227, LPN, RN

Specializes in Management, Emergency, Psych, Med Surg. Has 32 years experience.

We are union here is Washington state for most nurses and other health care workers but I have only been in this state for about 4 years. Most of my 30 years of experience has been in Texas which is a non union right to work state. Diane

vamedic4, EMT-P

Specializes in Peds Cardiology, Peds Neuro, PICU, IV Jedi. Has 23 years experience.

I'm with others...put your foot down. Tell them, don't ask, that you be put back on the schedule that you need to work. Tell them you schedule your job around your life, not the other way around. You would like to accommodate them but you can't, as your life situation doesn't permit it. If things don't change, give them your notice and seek employment elsewhere. It's not worth it, and if they can't at least partially accomodate you - then they're not worth working for to begin with.:twocents:

Valerie Salva, BSN, RN

Has 19 years experience.

I learned the hard way- you have to stand up for yourself from Day One, or you will regret it.

Respectfully insist on what you were promised.

RN1981

Specializes in Hospice, OB, Telemetry. Has 5 years experience.

So I eventually spoke to her. The next schedule she has me half and half (the two weeks around Christmas I work three 12's) and the first and last week of the schedule I am 4 days/week...so she did try to partially work with me) and I've got a nice spaced out schedule there so I'm glad I did speak up about it. She told me that the girl who is to bounce off of me gets off of orientation next month so we're working together now to do our schedule (3 12's!!!) for the next one. So it looks like it's gonna work out.

All I know is January 21st I will have six months and the ability to transfer to another unit if I continue to have scheduling issues (where I will get it written into my contract) but it looks like for the new years things are looking okay at least.

Babs0512, are you still at that job you mentioned?

Thanks for all your support guys! I appreciated each and every one of these posts!

Babs0512

Specializes in Med surg, Critical Care, LTC. Has 20 years experience.

RN 1981: No, I'm working for the same facility, but in a different department. Where I am working is pretty much the only game within an hour radius of where I live, so unless you're young, and don't mind traveling in harsh weather, there is really no where else to work. Our hospital takes full advantage of that, believe you me. Thanks for asking

Blessings

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