In many cases in today’s market you do have control or some control of your schedules. The facilities recognize that the staff have life events that occur and will need to schedule around them.
However, having said this, it is imperative that you communicate to your recruiter the time off request(s) that will be needed. If this is for a doctor’s appointment, vacation, or any other reason, you need to communicate the need upfront.
It is not fair for the facility to find out after you arrive that you need to request additional time off. They are having you to come to their location out of need. Your skill sets are needed to ensure the patient population has the right skill mix to provide the care needed.
In some instances, the facility may be utilizing a set schedule. But you will know that fully prior to you accepting the position. We want to be completely transparent with you. Please be completely transparent with us.
Really, the key is communication! Again, please communicate fully and completely with your recruiter. If at any time you are having any issues with the schedule loop in the recruiter and unit manager.
Keep those questions coming my way! I look forward to more questions from our nurses. Our goal is to make you successful. Please submit your questions here.
Until then always remember Florence Nightingale's words: "I attribute my success to this - I never gave or took any excuse."