I just wanted to see what others have to say about this whole situation, so here goes. I was hired at my current job last november. I made it perfectly clear that I was in school, but I didn't anticipate having to cut my hours. Over the summer, I did have to cut my hours back and I filed for an educational leave of absence. ELOA means you still work, you're just not required to work full time. It allows you to work around school schedules. I wasn't aware that part of the policy was that the manager can replace you while you're still employed. My manager exercised this right. I was promised I would still be scheduled for some time. For the past 2 schedules (one month each) I have been scheduled for one night. That's it. I made up a list of nights that I'm available for this entire semester back in August. It was more than full time availability. That's how I've come so close to losing my home and my mind. I can't get prn time on other floors due to my being an LPN and not "in demand", lol. Plus census has been low and they recently hired a bunch of travelers on those other floors. I have been highly ticked off to find that my boss has scheduled PRN employees for shifts I was available! What do you think about this? Does your facility do things similarly?
Oct 16, '06
Ohhhhh, what a rotten thing to do!!! I am so sorry to hear this. I've worked 16-hour days the past three workdays, which is why I haven't been around. My first full check will be a week from Friday, which is pretty much completely spent on late bills from what I am going through. I get paid every other Friday, so if by the next second Friday you still haven't been able to get more time, PM me and let me help... you've been a true friend on here. I would never have made it if someone from here hadn't helped me out. (THANK YOU, you know who you are!!!)
In the meantime, look for local part-time jobs. A lot of time there will be more part-time than full-time positions open, since most LPNs are looking for full. Confirmed parttime hours somewhere else would be better than what you've got now. Sadly, it sounds as if they used a loophole against you. If you had applied for parttime they couldn't have done it, but there was no way for you to know that. It might be worth it to check and see if they will let you switch to part-time status with confirmed hours, although with what they have done to you I don't think I would want to.
Keep your chin up... you are going to get through this. As the bills piled up, I kept repeating to myself "They can't eat me, they can't eat me!!!" You'll get through this, and eventually you will look back at this difficult time and glory all the more in what you have made of yourself...
Oct 17, '06
Thank you Lori! I'm considering a prn position at the county jail right now, but it's going to take a lot of praying before I get up the guts, lol! I'm just disgusted that my employer would do this to me. I've been with them since I got licensed as an LPN. Here's to self funded retirement, lol!