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Is it acceptable for a healthcare system to hire nurses as full-time or part-time but never schedule us to work all of our hours?

Question:

Dear Donna,

I work for a healthcare system that uses the “managing up” model, which is based on patient census and acuity. While staff members are hired for either full-time or part-time employment, they are not working the full complement of hours for which they were hired. I am a part-time employee scheduled to work 48 hours in a two-week period. I average about 50% to 75% worked hours. I can use paid time off for the days I am called off, but then when I want to take vacation or if I’m ill, I may have little to no PTO. Is this an acceptable procedure?

Missing Accrued PTO

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Missing Accrued PTO,

It is challenging to comment on a situation like this without knowing all the particulars. I would recommend you contact your state labor board to check on the practice to see if it is acceptable in your state and to find out your rights.The labor board is there to protect your rights and is available to you as a resource. Find them by doing an Internet search for your state’s labor board and give them a call.

You also can approach your HR department, or your supervisor, and ask them to address your questions and concerns.

Best wishes,

Donna

By | 2013-10-16T00:00:00-04:00 October 16th, 2013|Categories: Blogs, Nursing careers and jobs|0 Comments

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