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RBRUNNER29 SparkPoints: (0)
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4/29/13 9:12 P

Hahaha. You're completely right. That's awesome.

LADYCJM SparkPoints: (57,456)
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4/27/13 12:37 A

I guess I'm a bit witchy because I would print my my schedule and that's when I would come to work!. If a change is made without my agreement or at least being notified, I wouldn't be there. And when they ask why? I would pull out my copy and say I wasn't scheduled. I would talk to the manager and say that if they are going to change your schedule they need to notify you prior to the change as you do have other obligations.
As for being asked to work extra, only if I want to. I don't think they can legally require you to work overtime. If you want to be a "team" player, talk to your manager and offer her/him what you want. For example, 10 hour shifts or coming in early on a regular schedule. What's the worst that can happen? They could fire you. What's the chances of being fired? Slim to none. They are already shortstaffed and as long as you do you job well and follow the rules etc they have no cause.

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4/24/13 5:30 P

Thanks everyone. It was nice to wake up from my nap (after my 3 AM shift ugh), and read those replies. I just found out that one of the people we hired to fill some empty slots quit before she even started (which would make two people now), and that's sort of disheartening, but I think I'm going to take your suggestions (all of them :) ) and start walking during my lunches and also see what I can find out from HR. I know I'm not the only one feeling the brunt of this, so I have a few people in my corner at any rate.

Thanks again!!

SLIMMERKIWI Posts: 26,039
4/23/13 7:20 P

I can't offer you suggestions re the work, but because there is a safety aspect to what is happening, you really need to talk with HR - it is YOUR safety - emotionally and physically - more at risk of accidents with body fluids putting your own health at risk) and also the risk of the tiredness/fatigue causing issues with the quality of your work. They can't expect you and the other workers to pick up all this slack without suffering. They have a major responsibility to ensure that the best health practices are applied for their staff's safety.

Good luck,

LADYSTARWIND SparkPoints: (79,627)
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4/23/13 1:12 P

Having worked in a large hospital lab for 25+ years, I can understand!! My schedule was never quite as crazy as yours however...!

One thing to keep in mind is that you are likely getting more exercise than you realize! Most Med Techs are on their feet and moving around way more than most jobs. Have you ever worn a pedometer to check if you are up and about much? I don't know which specialty area you work in or how automated your environment is--that will certainly make some difference as to how much "running around" you do. If you have "remote" lab sites (we did down in the OR/Blood bank), ask to work there--that hallway mileage really adds up!

On another note (re: the schedule) have you considered having a good chat with HR or a Union Rep?? If so, besides asking about the policies regarding how much notice they need to give you on shift schedule changes, you might express your concern about health effects from this craziness (Sick Time = $$$ in Admin speak!) and Retention (Training=$$$ in Admin Speak!) Large institutions might also be able to provide a "counselor/coach/mediator" to help your work group come up with a better plan for managing the schedule if THEY can convince the Supervisor (she) could use the help. I know that's a REALLY touchy area however! (Been there-done that!) We used an "On Call" system where each week/weekend a different pair of folks were on the hit list. Then at least you could have a chance at some definite down time....

Enough of my ramblings! Wish you the best on all this..... Remember to eat healthy, and take care of yourself the best you can!!

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4/23/13 11:04 A


Working in healthcare is never easy. Do you get a lunch or dinner break of any kind ? If you're working 12+ hour shifts, they have to give you a lunch break. If so, take a 30 minute walk at lunch. the fresh air will do you some good. Some times, we literally have to walk away from our jobs in order to reduce our stress.

Also, if you can't work out for 30-60 minutes, then try working out for 10 minutes. No one says you have to work for X amount of time to be healthy. You can break your workouts up into shorter segments and still get all the benefits. taking three 10 minute walks through the day still adds up to a 30 minute walk. 10 minute workouts are the fitness rage these days. Coach Nicole has a bunch of short workouts you can do whenever you have the chance.

So, why not do shorter routines during your work week and do any longer sessions on the weekends. You might have to do this until your schedule isn't so hectic.

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4/23/13 10:49 A

I work in a somewhat busy 24/7 hospital lab, and for the last nine months, we've been going through a transition with a new supervisor, and working 3 people short. This means that I've been called in numerous times, expected to work massive amounts of overtime and change my hours sometimes without notice. I even have to go in at 3 am sometimes. I've tried to sort of equilibrate my schedule, so that I come in on days one week and evenings the next, but my hours are always changing. On this last schedule, 11 out of 28 days were swapped with someone else or altered in some way (most of which without my approval or consideration).

Not only does this make any sort of routine impossible, but it means I'm mentally, emotionally, and physically exhausted all the time. I'm at my wit's end here and toying with the idea of finding a new job, but until that happens, what can I do to make this easier on myself? They haven't quite forgotten my face at the gym, but I feel like I'm cheating myself of opportunities to meet my personal goals.

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