Cancelled - page 2

My first time for the agency calling me and telling me the facility didn't need me for the whole day. Is this common in agencies? I think its a little unnerving as this may be my families most... Read More

  1. by   caliotter3
    Had never heard about "ghost booking". Glad to find out something to look out for. Thanks for posting this info, rnrae.
  2. by   txspadequeenRN
    maxim did this to me booked me for weeks at a time..of course this was when i was a new agency nurse... then cancel me every day...been a agency nurse quite a while and don't play those games ..thats why i book myself at my regular facilities..



    Quote from rnrae
    i work for 2 agencies - one of them, favorite staffing, is known to "ghost book". they'll tell you that you're booked for work somewhere, when in fact they're just making sure you are available, then you get cancelled. that's why they have a strict policy not to discuss your schedule with clients and you have to call 2 hrs before your shift to make sure you're not cancelled. no other agency i know of does that and they are all aware of favorite's practices. beware!
  3. by   caliotter3
    txspadequeen921

    What did the folks at Maxim expect you to pay your rent and buy food with? Your good looks or your nursing license? I wouldn't be surprised if you didn't start becoming "unavailable" for the recruiters at the agency office you deal with. In general, this sounds so uncharacteristic for Maxim. You should let them know how this behavior is influencing you.

    We all know about the way agency nursing works, no real guarantees or consistency (closest is home health long term cases), but the problem is lack of respect for the employee. It is disrespectful to give an expectation of work to an employee and then take it away on a whim or to be dishonest about the booking in the first place. No wonder people leave agency nursing.
  4. by   txspadequeenRN
    thing is, no agency really cares about you cause they are probably getting bonuses for every shift you pick up. it's all about the money for them and they don't care if you eat as long as you make your scheduled shift. i've always said staffing agencies need to have a either experiences health care tech or at least lvn in the office to handle booking issues. some of these people they pull of the streets look at me like i got 10 heads cause i'm not afraid to tell them what i think of a facility. i always get in good with the unit manager and find out what positions are open in the facility i always book with the facility first then have them call it in. i also (which may be against the rules but i don't really care) have the unit managers phone number of the places i go (with their permission of course) and they have mine. i call my availability into them and we go from there. i get tired of playing with the idiots in the office...



    Quote from caliotter3
    txspadequeen921

    what did the folks at maxim expect you to pay your rent and buy food with? your good looks or your nursing license? i wouldn't be surprised if you didn't start becoming "unavailable" for the recruiters at the agency office you deal with. in general, this sounds so uncharacteristic for maxim. you should let them know how this behavior is influencing you.

    we all know about the way agency nursing works, no real guarantees or consistency (closest is home health long term cases), but the problem is lack of respect for the employee. it is disrespectful to give an expectation of work to an employee and then take it away on a whim or to be dishonest about the booking in the first place. no wonder people leave agency nursing.
  5. by   caliotter3
    txspadequeen921

    Glad to hear you've figured out how to circumvent the overly challenged in that particular office. Sounds like you deal with another crew that have a lot to learn about how to treat employees. Some of the remarks I have heard concerning nurses' dealings with the office crews are not appropriate to talk about.
  6. by   rnrae
    Favorite sent me a "warning" letter stating that I am not to speak to any client about my schedule and if I do it again I will be terminated! Hmmmm...
    I wonder why!!!
  7. by   caliotter3
    If I were you, rnrae, I would "disengage" from Favorite Staffing. The only way they know that you have discussed scheduling is either you told them or the facility told them. They might be just making an assumption, since most people discuss matters like this despite admonitions otherwise. It really doesn't matter, by giving you a warning letter, they have established a hostile work relationship. You should find more work with the other agency and/or find a third agency before Favorite terminates you. It is far better for you to have a copy of a voluntary resignation letter for some reason, than for them to be able to say they fired you. Good luck.
  8. by   rnrae
    I fired Favorite today! I told them I can't rely on them and don't like the way they do business. They, of course, denied doing any of the things I told them. No loss...

    I signed up with MSN and I've been with Maxim for awhile. I have work from both of them for next week. They both pay more than Favorite, too.
  9. by   caliotter3
    Glad to hear you left Favorite. Those were bad circumstances. I have usually had good experiences with Maxim. It is usually an individual, here and there, that may get things out of whack. What I've always liked about the office that I dealt with, was that I could discuss issues with them most of the time. Good luck with MSN. Let us know how things go.
  10. by   rnrae
    Thanx Caliotter3 - I will keep you posted!
  11. by   RN1121
    Yes, agency nursing is extremely unpredictable. It is difficult to depend on it as steady income. Where I live, the facilities have up until 2 hours before the start of the shift to cancel me. And often times they do not have a replacement.
  12. by   Fancy Face
    Well...I was cancelled twice this week alone! Looks like I will find something a little more permanent. I have a family to feed!
  13. by   JentheRN05
    My first agency job was a 'local' agency. Was working at the VA. When hired on, I had limited experience with G-tubes. It was in the application. One night I was put on the g-tube floor by myself, and I had never done a g-tube feeding so I called the super to ask if they could send someone up to re-show me one time so I can do it myself. That's all it takes with me, one time and I get it.
    Needless to say, that was the last night I worked there. Because I didn't have g-tube experience. Even though I said I had limited exposure to it.

    Second agency experience was really bad. Went to another state, showed up on time (it was in the middle of freakin no where) and they weren't even expecting me. They had no idea what to do with me. Said they'd call that night, never did. So I went home and never returned (called agency of course and left a nasty little message for wasting my time).

    Stupid me, continues to apply to agency jobs. They are a pipe dream financially, but half the time turn out as a nightmare. In my case, every time. Yet I still try, sometimes I never understand myself.

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