I'm looking for a few good Orthodox nurses, or physical therapists, or occupational therapists, or health unit coordinators. Anyone who is Orthodox and Shomer(et) Shabbos (Sabbath Observant) and who also works in a hospital setting. To contact me, either below or by email through my profile.
If you've worked in healthcare you know the issue. Caring for the sick is a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week prospect. Someone needs to be there all the time, especially in a hospital. For doctors, the well known adage of pikuach nefesh docheh Shabbos, or the saving of a life supersedes the laws of the Sabbath, provides a little cover for those of us who need to take call on Saturdays.
But much of what I'll call "ancillary care," meaning the people who provide all the services, works in shifts. So you would think that it would be fairly easy for nurses and other shift workers to get Shabbos off.
However, that has not necessarily been the case, especially here in the Midwest. There seems to be some rigid thinking amongst those who manage nurses and make schedules. Part of the problem is that Shabbos falls on a weekend (which, if you think about it, makes sense, since Saturday became a "weekend" day in the US because it is the Jewish Sabbath*). Also, Friday night is now part of the "weekend" too. So technically, someone who wants to be Shomer Shabbos needs two out of every three weekend nights to be guaranteed off. Which is where managers have a problem, because this seems to be inherently unfair to the others.
Because, apparently, nobody wants to work weekends, and people need to be forced to do so by virtue of the schedule. And then if you say that someone will always have certain weekend days off, it starts to generate a lot of bad feelings amongst the staff, whether the management is behind it or not. Now, sometimes, you can placate them by reminding them that you will take every Sunday, but that doesn't always work.
And apparently, it has not worked well here in Milwaukee, since I've heard over an over from Shomeret Shabbos nurses about how hard it has been to find a job at a hospital here.
So I'm looking for insight from those of you around the country (or the world, or elsewhere) as to whether you've been able to work it out, and how well it has worked, and what specific tact you would use to introduce such a concept to a hospital administrator.
*pretty sure about this, but if anyone can provide a link it would be appreciated