Reply To: Hiring for Straight Nights

  • Patricia Conlon

    June 2, 2021 at 12:38 pm

    We hire into a rotating format. Chemo education starts close to a year after hire (heme onc is part of our med/surg unit). Orientation is  on average, 12 weeks. Chemo education is added on later.

    Patricia Conlon, APRN, CNS
    Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
    Mayo Clinic Children’s Center
    Rochester, MN
    Original Message:
    Sent: 06-01-2021 04:56 PM
    From: Cara Johnson
    Subject: Hiring for Straight Nights

      We don’t do a lot of hiring into straight nights. Only have staff have experience or show a really strong drive for it. We do 14 weeks of orientation for new grads. Chemo training right away. When staff want straight days they are put on a “list” and it is by seniority. I enjoy having people work rotating at first and have for the past 10 years as a manager but the hospital really wants to move away from this. I feel it gives a nice respect for both shifts however several staff really struggle flipping back and forth.

    Cara Johnson RNIII, BSN, CPON®
    Clinical Manager
    Hematology/Oncology Inpatient
    Cincinnati Childrens Hospital
    Work: (513)803-0306
    Cell: (513) 490-9253

    Original Message:
    Sent: 05-18-2021 05:21 PM
    From: Tristyn Kruger
    Subject: Hiring for Straight Nights

    Hello all,
    Currently at PCH our hiring practice is to hire into a rotating schedule, doing both days and nights, with a percentage of your shifts having to be nights/weekends.  We have struggled meeting our needs for nights and especially weekend nights.  The hospital is looking at changing practices and starting to hire into straight nights and we are trying to figure a few things out, especially where skill and experience are concerned.  I would love to know what all of your current practices are.

    If you hire to straight nights:
    1. How long is your orientation process for new grads and those with little experience?
    2. Do you train to chemo administration upon hire or later on?  What about BMT?
    3. What are your differentials for nights, weekends and weekend nights?
    4. What is your process for when staff can/want to move to straight days?

    Does anyone hire into a rotating format?

    Thanks everyone!

    Tristyn M. Kruger BSN, RN, CPHON
    Assistant Nurse Manager | Cancer Transplant Unit
    Primary Children’s Hospital
    100 N. Mario Capecchi Drive
    Salt Lake City, Utah 84113
    Work: 801.662.4571 |