Weekend Requirements

by Beaux2011 Beaux2011 (New) New Nurse

Specializes in NICU.

Hi! New nurse here, and was wondering what your weekend requirements are in your unit? Does it depend on seniority or discussed upon hire? Thanks!

Nunya, BSN

Specializes in NICU/Mother-Baby/Peds/Mgmt. Has 39 years experience.

Every place I've ever interviewed it was discussed during the interview. If they don't bring it up I think it's perfectly acceptable to ask, and also to ask about holidays.

Nurse SMS, MSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development. Has 10 years experience.

Everywhere I have worked you are required to work four weekend shifts every month, two major holidays (Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Years) and two minor holidays (Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day). Seniority had no role in it; everyone had the same requirement.

Tweety, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg, Trauma, Ortho, Neuro, Cardiac. Has 29 years experience.

Work every other weekend.


Specializes in Oncology, ID, Hepatology, Occy Health. Has 35 years experience.

Alternate weekends is normal in most inpatient environments I've ever worked, nothing to do with seniority or length of service.

Our Sunday hours come with an enhanced rate of pay. Each whole Sunday worked (12 hours) gets me an extra €130 ($155 US), so on a regular month with 2 weekends I'm up €260 ($310).

When I worked in the UK Saturday hours were enhanced too (+ 33%) and Sunday hours were +66%. That was back in the good old days and I believe it's less generous there now.