Quote from bethin
Does your agency have a policy on this? I know mine does - if called off you have to be availabe for one hour after the start of your shift. Shifts here generally start at 0700 so I would have to be available for call back until 0800.
IMO, I think it was unprofessional. I get that you're upset, I would be too. Have you tried talking to them about all your cancellations? And why are you at the top of the list, especially for two weeks? I really can't say if you've hurt your chances of working there again. I guess that depends on what kind of worker you are.
No I haven't talked to them about my numerous cancellations. My recruiter only just got back from vacation and I think her fill in and the scheduler at the hospital didn't get along or something. The hospital is 70-80% agency so it gets chaotic.
The kind of worker I am is that when I am scheduled I get there 15 minutes early and I stay until everything is done, no matter how late. I never take a full lunch break. I always help the other nurses and techs because we are all in the same boat. I'm kind to my patients and actually sit in their rooms and spend time with them instead of gossiping in the break room.
I have gone in numerous times when they called 2 hours into a shift because of a scheduling mishap and I jumped and went when I didn't have to. In fact the first time I'd not even had an orientation of the hospital. Ran thru the whole day not knowing where anything was or who anyone was.
My agency doesn't have a policy on this that I am aware of though it is something to discuss with them. I know that I have to call in 2 hours prior but that is if I am canceling on them which I have never done. (unless you count today which I don't since they canceled me first). I've never been told that I have to maintain availability for hours after they canceled me.
Thanks for your input. And yeah it probably was unprofessional on both the part of myself and of the hospital. It's a small 22 bed hospital floor so it shouldn't be that hard to keep up with who is where and on what day.
I'll definitely ask them what the proper procedure is.