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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Hi, sparkfriends,
Psyching myself up for a 12hour shift at a nursing home I have not been at before. But I will only be there for 12hours, not the rest of my life. Being a nurse allows me to do this. I can just work (PRN...a day here and a day there as needed) with a schedule that allows me to rest between and work on my health. Even though I dont get benefits. Benefits nowadays in the healthcare industry are not really much. The facilities like PRN nurses because they don't cost anything near what an agency nurse does. The the nursing home will call you first because your kind of like on their staff just without set days. I know some nurses that work PRN at a few places and work everyday for a month. WOW. I could never do that. Plus, it is not unusual to work 16hours shifts (called a double). I know it is crazy but if you say yes to it the nursing home has no problem letting you do it. One time I worked a small nursing home and the other night nurse went on vacation for 6 weeks....even though I said I didnt want to do it I ended up working 5, 16hour shifts a week for 6 weeks. And I wonder why I get burned out. Now I work 12hour shift but I don't sign up for them back to back because you cannot get enough rest. But the nurses that are full time may have no choice but to work 2-3 12hour shift back to back. So things are getting gradually better and I am glad that I made the choice that I did to quit my full time job and work PRN. Really no difference the healthcare facility didn't offer healthcare. Yah, a healthcare facility that doesn't offer healthcare to its nurses. Ha! Cheers, Keith
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    Good luck with the nursing home shift.
    1888 days ago
    Keith -- you can't help but succeed with your ability for self-reflection. You really show great insight on yourself and your life situation. You obviously came by some of this knowledge the hard way -- 5 - 16 hr shifts for 6 weeks! YIKES! I don't know how you survived! And that care facility should be closed down for doing that! Yes - it's so ironic the health care system is notorious for pushing its staff to such unhealthy lengths! You're looking after yourself now though, and it will come full circle for you. Your hours will get better and so will you. Please keep me posted... emoticon

    P.S. Thanks for the goodie. Support is what Spark is really all about!
    1888 days ago
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