You Know That "Yay! Boo!" feeling...

  1. when you need can always use the money. You're asked to work overtime for "critical staffing pay" which is big bucks. So you say yes. Then almost immediately cry with frustration because you really want to be lazy and chastise yourself "why did I do that????"

    That's me. I'm now working a dreaded 4 day stretch of 12-hour shifts, which I rarely do anymore because of my advanced age. When I first became a nurse I worked 8 12-hour days in a row once. Now I can barely do two.

    Sigh, I'll be happy come payday.
  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   Spidey's mom
    I need money too . . . . but I've held off so far adding more days than my part-time hours.

    I know that sinking feeling though . . . "what the heck did I just do to myself?".

    I think the most I've done is five 12 hour shifts in a row.

    You are amazing!

  4. by   caroladybelle
    First, you are not that old.

    Second, think, "pay bills, pay bills, pay bills, by comething cute.

    Third, learn to "Just say No"
  5. by   jnette
    heh.. I just did that, too, Tweets. For the week after next.. needed one person to fill a day. One of my coworkers agreed to do it, then found out she was needed at a different clinic where she covers PRN, and makes more money there. She really needs the $$ , so I offered to work the slot at our clinic, so she could go up the road and work at the other and make more for her time.

    I dread the day coming.. 4 in a row of up at 0300...:stone

    Ah well.. the things we do for oneanother. She's a good egg, and has always treated me kindly. So "you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours".
  6. by   Rustyhammer
    I used to do those extra shifts. Practically lived there for one summer. Now I just say no. I find it better to spend the day jumping through the sprinkler with the kids.
  7. by   Tweety
    Now get this. They found a way to relieve me at 11pm with in-house nonovertime staff and sent me home. I'm not complaining. I understand you can't have someone making critical staffing pay when you're overstaffed elsewhere. But my understanding was there was no charge nurses available on my unit or my sister unit. Funny. Now I have the rest of the night off!!!!
  8. by   Ted
    I've been picking up extra shifts (because we're minus on full time night nurse) PLUS working per diem at another hospital.

    What's cool about picking up extra shifts at my small rural hospital is that: 1) we get $100 bonus; 2) census has been down so that in all likelihood we'll be able to take "call"; 3) we STILL get paid our $100 bonus pay even if we take call! 4) WHEN I'm placed on call during my "extra bonus shift" shift, it just feels so. . . so. . . so. . . naughty getting paid this extra money (while being on call) when my loving wife has that "twinkle" in her eye (wink, wink, nudge, nudge. . . ). . .

    Oh yea!

    And when I work per diem at the other "busy with higher acuity" hospital. . . it sooo does help pay the bills!

    Life can be soooo wonderful in unexpected ways sometimes. . . .

  9. by   Tweety
    That is so cool being paid the bonus, while doing...ummm...wink wink....

    Had I worked the whole shift 12 hours, my bonus would have been $150. But it's only going to be time and a half plus $40.00 for working those four hours.
  10. by   Flynurse
    What is this talk of bonus pay and "critical staffing pay?"

    Our ER has been on "Code Yellow" for the past two weeks, meaning they are close to full capacity and must place patients ASAP. "Code Red" is just a pain in my arse. Place patients where ever you can get them STAT. (Dangerous - had a SP Assault patient on my assignment the other day who should have gone to Ortho/Neuro instead our Med/Surg floor -sorry enough ranting).

    But with all of this "CODE" stuff, we can't get our overtime approved?!?!? If patients need to be placed, and we have the beds, shouldn't more nurses be approved for OT or get bonuses to help out with the workload???

    So yeah, I know the Yay! Boo! feeling...I don't mind hanging out to help with admissions, etc. but, I won't get my due overtime.

    Sorry for the ranting!

  11. by   Tweety
    Flynurse we've had crtical staffing pay in place for the last three or so years. When we were so short staffed we resorted to expensive agency nurses. They decided they could afford to pay of bonuses to entice us to work overtime. It's different for different shifts. But it adds up to time and a half plus $150.00 for working a 12 hour night shift. It's pretty enticing sometimes.

    We're kind of slow right now, the only reason I got it was because they needed a charge nurse. But our VP has to approve the "critical staffing pay". But she usually does when the managers ask for it.

    Now I refuse to work any OT without it. If they need me bad enough, they will pay it.
  12. by   jnette
    Originally posted by Rustyhammer
    I used to do those extra shifts. Practically lived there for one summer. Now I just say no. I find it better to spend the day jumping through the sprinkler with the kids.
    Way to go, Rusty ! Thumbsup to you !

    I only do this rarely myself, and then, only as a special favor to a fellow coworker.. and not the "system". But I dont have kids at home anymore, but if I did, I'd certainly be doing as you !

    heh... I'm happy to just jump thru the sprinkler by myself ... that "me time" is important, too !
  13. by   jadednurse
    At the last place I worked we too had "bonus pay" and the like when they were desparate. I worked OT and bonus shifts last summer. worked like a dog. One pay period I grossed nearly $6000.00 w/ all the OT and bonus pay. But you know what...I burned out, and I mean BADLY!

    And when I became ill and my family was ill and I used up all my sick time for the year, all the OT, coming in early, staying late and switching shifts to help them cover didn't mean DIDLY! I knew I was on probation/couln't call in sick and I had one month to go on my "probation" time and had to call in...I had a very hot gallbladder that got yanked a month later. I even made phonecalls to all the staff that was not scheduled for those 2 days and noone would/could work for me (even those that I helped out many times). At first my mgr told me I could make up those 2 shifts later in the week to cover short staffing...the next day she called me and told me I was fired. I asked her to take into consideration all the times I gave (alot) extra to the unit in terms of hours and flexibility. You know what she said..."that doesn't matter."

    Naturally I filed a grievance and HR accepted my resignation in lieu of termination, but I learned some valuable lessons...

    -Don't over-extend myself
    -Learn to say "NO"
    -When you do a favor for a co-worker, don't expect it to be reciprocated
    -BE CHOOSY whom you do "favors" for
    -Money isn't always everything...taking care of yourself and your family is
    -Your hard work, loyalty and "going the extra mile" don't mean squat sometimes

    Sorry for the long rant (and mild hijacking of the thread for it!) but just wanted to pass this on to others so they don't get caught in the same trap.