If anyone has a schedule that requires them to work Sat. night, how did you work around it when Shabbos ends late? Work something out with the outgoing shift that you'll come in early/stay late the next day? Were they willing to accomodate this?
(No, I don't have a job yet or any real prospects, but wondering what I'd do if this came up. And the weekend pay differential is nice too.)
I have a friend who works all Sat nights. In the winter she works 7p-7a and in the summer or when necessary, her hospital allows her to work 11p-7a Sat nights. Its basically awesome that she was able to work it out. I am hoping I get as lucky.
Some hospitals have alternate, split, or flexible shifts. The few times I've worked Motzaei Shabbat to help out, I've always made it clear I was coming in later. When asked, I'll answer something like the following: "the Sabbath is over about 6 PM, so I can't make it in before 7." I do take into account that if they need me in, I won't have time to dawdle with melave malka or other stuff. But I haven't gone in on motzaei Shabbat more than once or twice a year.
my shifts are 11p-7a so not really an issue even in the summer - although during the longest shabboses i did have to clean right up and get ready as soon as shabbos ended (i am scheduled for every motsei shabbos, since i don't work any friday nights - although occasionally i am able to get off motzei shabbos also). i continue to be grateful that there is no issue with observance for me at work - however i must say that this is still not the ideal schedule and there are many times that i feel quite unhappy over it. i think the differential is probably not worth it (at least for me).
Whenever I worked 11p-7a motzai shabbos, I made sure to get a significant shabbos nap in. But it did kind of ruin my shabbos, knowing I had to run out right afterward and nap for a long time etc. I couldn't plan to get together with people shabbos afternoon or even just leisurely read a magazine. I agree with Abby, that it's nice when work makes ways for us to be able to keep shabbos, but I still found it unpleasant and inconvenient.
Not only did I try to get a nap in (which never seemed to work with my precious brood) the hardest thing was refraining from doing prep work for after Shabbat on Shabbat in order to save a coupla minutes in that frantic space between Havdalla and leaving for work. What a nisayon! I tried to tell myself that I will have all Sunday morning after the night shift to clean up...I might have almost convinced myself...
When I worked in the hospital I arranged it so I fulfilled my weekend requirement by working every 3rd motzei shabbos and Sunday night. I had such a hard time finding a job willing to accomjdate shabbos that I was so grateful that this floor was willing to accomodate this without any problems. Luckily, they considered sunday night still part of the weekend, so I was basically fulfilling my weekend requirement like everyone else. In the winter I would go in at 7pm- l literally jumped out the door the second shabbos ended, without cleaning anything up. Rushing so much got stressful pretty quickly. I also had to make sure to take a nap over shabbos so that I could function overnight (and because I truly enjoy a good shabbos nap) but it would sometimes make me sad when we couldnt go out for lunch/shaloshudas because I had to sleep. My job was really nice and in the summer I worked 11pm-7am, and this was a little better because I actually had more time after shabbos. There was an 11am-11pm shift and 11pm-11am shift too to even out the staffing numbers.
Trust me I know! I cant even remeber how many hospitals told me they would love to hire me if I reconsider the shabbos bit But there are hospitals that would be willing to let you work either every sunday (instead of 2 shifts every other weekend) or count motzash as the weekend. Hashem knows the sacrifices you are making, and ultimately it parnasa comes from Him anyways.
Post by mypprincess on Feb 27, 2011 16:30:48 GMT -5
Although my working schedule is from 9-5:30, I also have a per-diem job in a nursing home. Because of my work schedule, the only time I'm available for my other job is Thursday night, Friday day (Spring, summer, fall), and Motzei shabbos. My shift starts at 11pm. Although the shift is officially over at 7am, I'm usually not out before 7:30 or later. One morning I was in until 8:30 because of an incident when I was about to leave. When I finally get home, I change out of my uniform and into office clothes to my other job (case manager). The next shift is over 5:30, although I can be out earlier if I can finish my work (we don't punch in, rather fill out a time sheet). Thursdays after my day job (when I work at night), I serve dinner, help my kids with homework a bit, and take a nap of about 1-2 hours and run to work. Friday I still have to prepare for Shabbos, although my kids and husband pitch in. I don't take a nap before the Seudah, because then it is very difficult to be my normal self at the Shabbos table.