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Written up for refusing to work on days off

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There are rumors at my job that management is going to start "writing up full time nurses" who don't want to come in and work on their days off. I wonder if this is just a "false rumor" or if management can write up a nurse for this reason?

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 14 years experience.

Before they start issuing written warnings for this issue, the managerial/administration team at your workplace will first need to conjure up a new policy that specifically addresses mandated shifts on employees' days off. Then, to cover their behinds, management will notify each employee of the new policy and obtain peoples' signatures to prove that they made you aware.

If management does not feel like formulating a policy for mandating overtime, they can feasibly issue written warnings to nurses who refuse to work on their days off for "insubordination," "misconduct" or other vague jibberish.

We all deserve our days off. I hope things work out for the best.

When ever I see this type of post I can not help but to think how backwards managment can be sometimes. Yes by all means punish the poor person that is suppose to have the day off. MAke them feel guilty. Call me crazy, but It might help to go after the person that is making the reason you need to call somebody in on the day off. Instead of punishing and threatening the person that is not even in the wrong why not ENCOURAGE those that would come in on their days off my some type of reward for taking on the extra shift and punish the person that is not coming in on their days they are suppose to work. I better add if the reason the person needs to call off is legit then no they should not be punished. Just those that have odd reasons or always call in

I work for a home health agency that has never threatened me if I could not take a shift or them. If anything I have been rewarded with gift card from local stores, or movie valtures for taking on a shift. When they are greatful and give me these little gifts and rewards it helps me feel good about helping the agency in a tough spot and I know they appreciate it as well

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Reminds me of the time when a new LTC administrator stated that all call offs required providing your own replacement in addition to calling her, at her home, no matter the time of day or night, to explain yourself. I'm being rushed semi-conscious to the ER and you expect me to call you to give you the name of the person who is substituting for me? Ha, ha. The nurses quit, one by one.

SmilingBluEyes

Has 20 years experience.

I would be looking for a new place to work, quickly.

1. Confer with your union, if you have one. Management pranks like this are a prime reason to be unionized.

2. Some states outlaw mandatory OT for healthcare workers except in dire emergencies. Call outs and bad staffing are not dire emergencies, but mismanagement.

Good luck!!

CapeCodMermaid, RN

Specializes in Gerontology, Med surg, Home Health. Has 30 years experience.

Sometimes I wish I could force people to take extra shifts, but I can't. It's preposterous. I've heard plenty of rumors in my own building that had absolutely no basis in reality.

NurseQT

Has 10+ years experience.

Reminds me of the time when a new LTC administrator stated that all call offs required providing your own replacement in addition to calling her, at her home, no matter the time of day or night, to explain yourself. I'm being rushed semi-conscious to the ER and you expect me to call you to give you the name of the person who is substituting for me? Ha, ha. The nurses quit, one by one.

Sort of sounds like my employer, it's our policy that if we call in we have to make three attempts to find a replacement, the last thing I want to do when I'm calling in is to make three more calls to try and find someone to work for me. I've actually taken call-ins from people who can't even make it through the phone call before having to throw up, I'm not about to expect them to try and make three more calls when they can't make it the ought the first one!

Smart employers.

Yup, I am never calling in sick...I am coming into the workplace no matter my physical health status. If I am too sick to work I will put my head on the desk and rest as needed. If I need to lay down I will. If the employer doesn't appreciate this they can send me home then and find another nurse to cover my tasks.

Junebug59

Specializes in lots!!!. Has 24 years experience.

typical LTC management mentality..... I hate working LTC. I have worked in hospital settings my entire 30 year career until recently. I took a LTC position out of necessity due to poor choices in my past. LTC is the dregs of nursing. where do they find these administrators and DON's????? they are the biggest morons I have ever seen. I've been at my facility for 4 months and we have had 4 DON's. unreal. I have just gotten a hospital job and tomorrow is my last day in LTC 4-EVER!!!!!!!!!!!! i'll never be back.

My facility's application states that new employees are on call for at least 120 days...Anyway I have the graveyard shift, and they called me at 1230pm to work on my night off (wed night), yet I had clocked out at 1020am!! Um sorry but I barely can function during the day. I needed my SLEEP

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Reminds me of the time when a new LTC administrator stated that all call offs required providing your own replacement in addition to calling her, at her home, no matter the time of day or night, to explain yourself. I'm being rushed semi-conscious to the ER and you expect me to call you to give you the name of the person who is substituting for me? Ha, ha. The nurses quit, one by one.

I had a boss who did this. Someone contacted the labor board, and the facility was reprimanded, and told it is illegal to require a worker to find their own replacement if they call off.

abbnurse

Has 28 years experience.

typical LTC management mentality..... I hate working LTC......... LTC is the dregs of nursing. where do they find these administrators and DON's????? they are the biggest morons I have ever seen.........

I saw your other post, congratulations on getting back into the hospital environment! But I just had to say, it sounds like you were in a very poorly run facility. Certainly those exist, but so do beautiful, well run facilities. Not all are "the dregs" of nursing. They are places where our parents and grandparents may choose (or need) to live.

I sincerely congratulate you on all your hard work, and on finding your new hospital position !

I sure hope I find one of those "beautiful well-run facilities" some day. Sadly, I have only worked in nursing homes that can only be described as the worst of the worst nursing homes. Yes, it is a mystery. Where do they find those LTC managers? They are indeed the biggest morons I have ever met.

If a manager wants to get rid of you, they will write you up for things that their "pets" don't get writen up for. They will drive you to quit or systematically work you up to termination. Furthermore, 99% of people in LTC are already exhausted by the time their day of comes around, rendering us semi-useless at home. Ask oue spouses and kids if we should be guilted into working extra shifts!

abbnurse

Has 28 years experience.

I sure hope I find one of those "beautiful well-run facilities" some day. Sadly, I have only worked in nursing homes that can only be described as the worst of the worst nursing homes. Yes, it is a mystery. Where do they find those LTC managers? They are indeed the biggest morons I have ever met.

I hope so, too! Some of the best-run facilities do seem to be smaller, privately-owned ones, as opposed to some of the large facilities owned by faceless corporations where profit is the ONLY thing that matters.

I completely understand what you mean about the poor management....in my area some of those managers seem to just move around from facility to facility, taking their poor management skills with them! I got out of LTC many years ago, but still miss caring for the residents. Good luck to you!

CapeCodMermaid, RN

Specializes in Gerontology, Med surg, Home Health. Has 30 years experience.

I take offense at your post. I worked in the hospital...there was mandatory overtime there. There were lazy nurses and stupid doctors there yet I am not going to slander the entire medical system over one bad experience.

My administrator has a PhD. I have the highest IQ of anyone I know....certainly not lazy or a moron.

You won't succeed anywhere with an attitude like yours.