The one thing that sucks about working for a hospital is scheduling. Every hospital that I have ever worked at sucks at writing work schedules. The schedule that comes out is either every 4 or every 6 weeks. The schedule begins on a Sunday. What would make the most sense is for the new schedule to come out a week or two before it begins.

That isn’t how it happens, though. The new schedule sometimes doesn’t come out until the day before it takes effect. You find out on Saturday what your work schedule is going to be on Sunday. That makes it difficult to plan vacations, trips, or even doctor’s appointments, when you don’t even know more than 3 or 4 weeks what days you are available

Categories: Uncategorized


Stealth Spaniel · December 3, 2023 at 12:06 pm

Sounds like working for the BigBox. You never know when you are supposed to show up-and we usually get a schedule every 2/3 weeks.

Guy · December 3, 2023 at 4:24 pm

Why do hospitals staff/schedule this way, like a Wal-Mart, instead of like a serious place? I kind of get the long shifts/weird weeks, but why not make it a regular rotation? Is it the turnover?

Grumpy51 · December 4, 2023 at 8:26 am

Sounds VERY inefficient.

Nursing (LA, TX) we worked a 2-week schedule (that repeated ad nauseam) – 12H shifts, 2 on, 2 off during the week, and 3-day weekends. You could figure out in a 3 months what you wopuld be working.

Personnel are a companies most-valued asset (at least they used to be), and schedules should reflect that.

    Divemedic · December 4, 2023 at 8:57 am

    Yeah. It’s because I am in my first 6 months. After that, I am eligible for a regular schedule. So in three weeks, I find out what my permanent schedule will be, then things will get easier. I am bidding for an 11am to 11pm shift, with 1pm-1am as my backup. I originally wanted 9a-9p, but was told that isn’t happening.
    I wanted a repeating schedule of Sun-Mon-Tues, then Tues, Weds, Thurs. They told me that Tues and Thurs are overstaffed. I want to work 3 days in a row, but I am not, and I mean not, working every weekend, but that’s what I will be stuck with if I want three days in a row and Tues/Thurs are off limits. A birdie tells me that I can get either Tues or Thurs, but not both. I will work overnights or the 3pm to 3 am shift before I do weekends.
    We will see. I will quit and leave if I have to, but I would rather find a way to make this work.

      Grumpy57 · December 4, 2023 at 11:48 am

      Sorry, I should’ve been more clear – we worked every other weekend – 3 days. (On/off).

      Some people had “Baylor” schedules – worked every Friday, Saturday, Sunday – 36 hrs but paid for 40 hrs.

Toastrider · December 4, 2023 at 8:47 am

I had that problem once when I was working retail. Management would change the schedule without warning, and when we complained, told us ‘It’s your responsibility to check the schedule’. Even though we had recorded it, and it was being changed with no notice.

My solution was simple: I began checking the schedule every 15-30 minutes.

After that, management instituted a new policy that employees had to be notified promptly of a schedule change. Amazing how a little malicious compliance works out…

Comments are closed.