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Re: gainful employment/burnout

Pretty brutal, Judy.  Don't blame you for being upset about it.  If,
like Cathy, you sign up with the military for 24x7 or, if, like me,
you're self-employed, you can expect to have to work ungodly hours
for no bennies.  

However, if you sign up for a certain time period for a certain rate
of pay - that's what you should have to provide; being asked to do
more for less just ain't kosher.  It's like my clients wanting more
work than was contracted for, for the same fee.  They try, but I have
gotten a lot less cooperative about it in my old age:-)

If you are hourly, I do not believe they can legally require you to
work for no overtime.  If you are salaried, I think they can, legally
do this - but it really would depend on your actual agreement.  If
they have a human resources department, you might try a bit of
complaining:-)  I wonder what OSHA would think of them not giving you
lunch breaks?    Are you union?  If so, there's a venue for some

I wouldn't think an extra day's pay for 3 days is worth it,
myself...of course, again, it depends on just how badly you need the

Vent away - that's what friends are for:-)

Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
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> From: Judy L Browning <judybrowning@lewiston.com>
> Well folks, in the last 3 days, my so called 8 hour shifts have
stretched to
> 9-11 hours with no time for a lunch break. 5 hours overtime, or
about an
> extra day's pay for the 3 days.  Not sure it's worth it. They staff
> algorithm at this hospital rather than by acuity. I fail to
understand how
> paying 2 or 3 nurses overtime is cheaper than paying an extra
assisitant. I
> can afford to work only 6 days every 2 weeks, and can't afford to
work more,
> emotionally or physically. A lot of nurses choose to take other,
> lucrative work because of the killer stress involved.
> Getting off my soap box, thanks for letting me vent.

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