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post #11 of 17 Old 09-12-2013, 10:29 PM
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I guess my biggest worry is that they won't be flexible with school. My jobs know that school comes first. They are able to work around me. That is my primary concern, getting through school.

I'm most definitely leaning toward going to the hospital. I know I have to bite the bullet eventually, I'm just nervous whether this is the appropriate time or not.
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Frequently in hospitals they have alternative scheduling. So, not just 7-3, 3-11, 11-7, 5 days/week stuff but 4 10s, 3 12s, alternating 3 days one week, 4 the next, or even part time during school and full during the holidays. Especially for nurses aids and LVN positions, they can be really flexible. They also frequently pay very well for per diem jobs, where they call when they have a need and you go if you can and not if you can't. Explore everything they can offer you for schooling.

My niece also did a thing in Oregon where they paid for her last 2 years of school in return for she works for the hospital (and gets paid of course) for 5 years. So, you never know, you could end up walking in tall cotton.

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Frequently in hospitals they have alternative scheduling. So, not just 7-3, 3-11, 11-7, 5 days/week stuff but 4 10s, 3 12s, alternating 3 days one week, 4 the next, or even part time during school and full during the holidays. Especially for nurses aids and LVN positions, they can be really flexible. They also frequently pay very well for per diem jobs, where they call when they have a need and you go if you can and not if you can't. Explore everything they can offer you for schooling.

My niece also did a thing in Oregon where they paid for her last 2 years of school in return for she works for the hospital (and gets paid of course) for 5 years. So, you never know, you could end up walking in tall cotton.
I've never heard of alternating 3s and 4s before. Maybe they don't do it here. I know a lot of aides work 8 hour shifts while nurses do 12's (less room for error in communication). Ideally I'd probably want to do per diem or part time because I'd like to keep my job in the doctors office. I'm hoping it will land me a per diem OR job when I'm out of school! With the way stuff has been going in my office the doctors have been amazed at how fast I've caught onto the medical work.

I think I missed the window of opportunity for school reimbursement, unfortunately. :( There's always grad school I guess!
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You have a lot of good advice already, which I agree with. I just wanted to say CONGRATS on being so close to being finished with nursing school! That is no small feat. I started nursing school this semester, loved it. But circumstances arose that unfortunately made it impossible for me to continue this year. I may reapply next year. I'm kind of up in the air. Anyway, I know it's not easy..and especially having two jobs like that, dang! You're almost there, good job!
Thanks! I've really poured my heart, soul, blood, sweat and tears into this. If there is one thing my psycho, alcoholic mother taught me its hard work! She really instilled in my sister and I an amazing work ethic. Saying that really means a lot! Thanks again! And good luck with your future studies!
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I've never heard of alternating 3s and 4s before. Maybe they don't do it here. I know a lot of aides work 8 hour shifts while nurses do 12's (less room for error in communication). Ideally I'd probably want to do per diem or part time because I'd like to keep my job in the doctors office. I'm hoping it will land me a per diem OR job when I'm out of school! With the way stuff has been going in my office the doctors have been amazed at how fast I've caught onto the medical work.

I think I missed the window of opportunity for school reimbursement, unfortunately. :( There's always grad school I guess!
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It's called a compressed work week and fairly common in manufacturing. Only difference is it's 4/12's one week and 3/12's the next. If you can land in that I have to say it's quite nice. You actually end up only working half the year with the other half off. Schedule your vacation on the short week and you get 10 days off while only taking 36 hours vacation. But then you don't actually have to take vacation very often when you have 4 days off every other week!
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A police department I worked for did something like that. We worked MT, off WTh, work FSSu, off MT, on WTh, off FSSu. It was pretty nice.

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I'm quiet looking forward to my 3 days a week work week! My girlfriend took 16 days for our 8 day vacation. She old needed to take 4 days off. Just the way the schedule fell. Pretty nice! The hospital system I would be working for only does 8 hours shifts for aides though. :(
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My cousin who was very bright, didn't have good bedside manner according to her teacher. My because would be so focused she'd forget to smile and this came across as being cold. Anyway she wound up getting her BA in nursing, then went on and got her teacher's degree. Teaching nursing was where she really shone. She had lots of marriage proposals from struggling interns, who tho't she'd love to support them. One of the risks in a hospital setting.
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