Reply To: Hiring for Straight Nights

  • Lynn Lawson

    June 4, 2021 at 11:43 am
    We hire into straight nights.  That gets rough at times but we usually have enough of those long term night shifters who help us through with purposeful mentoring (formalized sit downs where they go through patients and things they should focus on).  Our charge nurse is out of staffing so that helps.  

      Lynn Lawson, RN, MSN, CPHON, NE-BC

      Clinical Manager of Operations Children’s Cancer Center and Blood Disorder Center

      Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health

      705 Riley Hospital Drive

      Indianapolis, In. 46202

      317.948.0835 (office)  317.403.0790 (cell)


    Original Message:
    Sent: 5/28/2021 5:25:00 PM
    From: Mary Lynn Rae
    Subject: RE: Hiring for Straight Nights

    Hi-we hire all of our new grads into day/night rotations every 6 weeks



    Mary Lynn

    Mary Lynn Rae, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, CPHON

    Nursing Professional Development (NPD) Practitioner/Clinical Educator Hem/Onc/SCT (LC17/LC18)

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    Original Message:
    Sent: 5/18/2021 6:22:00 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
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