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Parent Shifts Draw Nurses Back to Work

Parent Shifts Draw Nurses Back to Work

Megan Malugani / Monster.com

Filling Staffing Gaps

Many nurses in the clinic’s program find themselves working more hours than they originally intended, Young says. During the program’s first 14 months, parent-shift employees covered 15,000 patient-care hours, she says, exceeding the clinic’s initial expectations.

Nurses hoping to convince their managers of the value of parent shifts should present the concept as a potential staffing solution, Young advises. “Encourage them to look at the holes in their schedules and just imagine those holes being filled with four-hour chunks here and there,” she says. “That will give employers the motivation to want to do this type of program.”

Cathy Hunt, BSN, RN, works 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. four weekdays a week in the admissions center at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She found her job over the Internet when she found out she was moving from Minnesota, where she already worked part-time.

The predictable routine appeals to Hunt, who has two daughters in elementary school. “I chose my position primarily because of the hours,” Hunt says. She can plan her one weekday off a week to coincide with the days when her children are out of school or have half-days.

Hunt likes her daily responsibilities — performing physical assessments and admitting new patients — but what keeps her in the position is the freedom her job affords her to focus on her children. “Right now the girls are truly my priority,” Hunt says. “This is a job I can go to and be done at the end of four hours.”


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    Nurse_Cathy

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    This is what I was told was a possiblity by the head of HR at the hospital I wanted to work at when I spoke to her when deciding whether a career change to nursing would be a viable option for me while I raised my child as a single parent. Now that I have my degree and license I've heard a different story, that these "Mommy hours" as she called them, only exist for experienced nurses. Now in my second year of nursing I still qualify as a new grade because I'm at a job that barely uses my nursing skills and uses even less of my BSN-RN training and on top of that has horrible benefits. I'm at this job because it was the only one that I found that didn't require month rotations of night shifts. If anyone knows of a different story at a hospital in the Denver area I'd love to know about it. My dream was to be a Pediatric Nurse, but I want to get the experience as an RN!!!!

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    MissingNursing

    over 5 years ago

    18 comments

    I'd love to find a job like this, actually, I'd like to find anyjob in Nursing! Hospitals say they are hiring, but just because I need a refresher course, no one will hire because I left ICU and now have been out for just over 4 yrs!

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    Account Removed

    over 5 years ago

    You know, nurses have been asking for different things for years, at least 30 I know of and now this is a big deal? I find this amusing.

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    krilliekat

    over 5 years ago

    6 comments

    This is sort of what I am hoping for when I graduate.

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    Account Removed

    over 5 years ago

    I've wondered why for years, that nursing didn't also have the option of 6 hour shifts. 0830 to 2:30 is a great idea, but if they broke the 24 hour schedule into 6 hour shifts, they would draw a lot more people back in that aren't working.

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    nosraca

    over 5 years ago

    302 comments

    What a great idea! I hope more institutions will open up to this idea.

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    Pmina

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    This is a wonderful thing to have. I am a mother of four, and I know the time I have with them is short, they will be going off to college before I know it. Having a schedule that allows me to be their mom would be great. I hope Hawaii's hosptial can adopt such a program, as well as the other states.

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    mmlpn99

    over 5 years ago

    58 comments

    I think this is a great idea for the parents that want to stay involved or even better for single moms!

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    janceyrt

    over 5 years ago

    48 comments

    How do you find facilities that offer these services??? This would be so perfect for me and my family!!!

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    Victoria_simon

    over 5 years ago

    704 comments

    I think thats a wonderful idea. Too often working moms are not able to spend quality time with there kids. With two kids in still in school I would love to be able to spend more time with my children.

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