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Old 12-25-2008, 07:21 AM
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Yeah I think I will ask about that today. I will make sure I get one if it's being docked!

We have nurses called bank nurses here, they are basically temps and I'm going to try and get on bank. You can nurse on many wards, choose the shifts you like and can cancel within 72hrs if you can't work. A luxury it seems at the moment.
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Old 12-25-2008, 06:00 PM
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Be careful of giving up a full time job just to go onto bank. Although Bank is good for the reasons you have already stated, the work can be sporadic and had to always get. Some of the hospitals in my city put a stop to unnececerry leave (sick, annual (by asking for better planing, doctor's cert and cutting budgets) as a result the work for Bank and Agency nurses majorly reduced for a few months (not good if you are relying on it).

Just test the waters, and make sure you have some savings (don't spend your whole pay check each week).
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Old 12-27-2008, 07:13 AM
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Well I spoke to some nurses yesterday who were nice. An email has been sent to my team leader about my shifts, so hopefully NY will be sorted. And have learned that we don't get any money docked for breaks. But they are still sticking by their guns on breaks.

Apparently were only entitled to a 1/2hr break on a 14hr shift. No other breaks are given.
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Old 12-27-2008, 07:20 AM
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Thanks for that. I just assumed that was the case, as I generally don't see anyone taking breaks and it was a senior nurse who informed me I'm not entitled.
I'm ex UK - and i'm aware some managers in the NHS are a little on the self-important side.

1. You will have a contract of working hours. This is legally binding on both parts and they cannot expect you to work over that without remuneration.
2. Not sure but I tihnk EU WTD (Working Time Directive) gives guidance on this. I recall it expemted certain parts of health care workers in terms of how long they could work without a break.
3. Where's Julie?

Here in Oz my state has an agreement that nurses working over 8 hours straight get paid overtime. If you don't get your break in the first 5 hours - you're on OT rate until you do get it. If your break gets interrupted by work - then you have the right to START IT AGAIN!
If someone was having a bad day - I used to call my staff half way through their break and say:
"Hi, just wanted to check if you knew that under the nurses agreement that if I interrupt your break with work related business, you can start it again?"
And they'd take another 30 minutes from then.
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Old 12-27-2008, 06:22 PM
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That's a great idea, what type of working do you do? You'd think with mental health we'd be able to sort out a break rota..it's not like a&e but we are always busy with paitents needs.
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Old 12-30-2008, 09:21 AM
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I was in secure mental health - but the nursing agreement is state wide so it effects every nurse in a govt position.

I've recently gone 8-4 mon-fri and it's harder to get routine breaks! (but that's my own time management and being super excited like a schoolboy - but don't tell anyone as I pretend to be mature on these professional forums.)
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I worked 13 hours yesterday without a break. It was terrible. I people wonder why there is a nursing shortage. Duh!

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Old 01-01-2009, 07:05 PM
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It is terrible, I think I may see if the NHS has some kind of forum about this type of thing. Stay strong MN!
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