Sent home after 4 hours...AGAIN!!!! - page 2

:confused: I know this happens to all agency nurses sometimes, but this is begining to hurt in the pocketbook!!! I was cancelled 3 out of 4 days last week, but was allowed to come in this morning.... Read More

  1. by   nightingale
    Diversify ------

    I cut and paste this from another post I just made... It does apply here too:

    Here in Denver, we have seen great changes and shifts between the nightmare of
    9-11, Enron Crash, impact of airline power and loss of revenue, and the addition
    of AllAboutStaffing with the largest of facilities here of Health One.

    Diversify with registry has been my survival.

    It is this type of conversatin that impowers us and helps us to be strong in
    ourselves. Just like not counting on one facility for income, we should not
    count on one agency for assignments.

    All my agencies know that I am diverse in my contacts. We went through the whole
    power struggle with loyalty. I cam to the conclusion that they have more then
    one nurse and so I should have at least more then one agency.

    It works for me....
  2. by   NURS4GOD
    Feast or famine, you know!! Yesterday, (1) I wasn't cancelled, (2) The floor they placed me on was well staffed, (3) I only had 4 patients most of the day, and (4) I ENDED UP STAYING 16 HOURS!!! Life is so funny!! I just have to keep remembering that GOD IS IN CONTROL!!
    Becky:chuckle
    Last edit by NURS4GOD on Nov 19, '02
  3. by   BadBird
    I wonder if you have noticed a increase in hospital census now. My agency could book me 7 days a week now, last month there was a slower census. I consistently work my 3 12 hr shifts, sometimes between two facilities. With the winter months creeping up here in Pittsburgh all the hospitals are begging for more help.
  4. by   MRed94
    Grrrrrrrrrrr. Got there last night (after driving an HOUR), and found out that I had been cancelled.....NOBODY told ME. I couldn't get a hold of my scheduler, so I have no idea if she knew or not.

    Did get a chance to talk to the DON in this facility and asked her what was going on. As of Weds, I wasn't cancelled. She said she didn't know that it was happening.

    DUH. I don't believe that. I don't think my scheduler is doing her job for me, so I am looking into another agency in town. I can't exist on 8 hour weeks. Especially when I am booked for 32. This is getting old. We don't have that many nurses available here, there are more than enough openings, but the most I've seen out here for wages is about $14.00 an hour, and I can't work 40 hours a week, due to school.

    This is getting old.

    M
  5. by   kae rn
    Nightngale,
    You are so right. Thanks for helping me feel better about signing up with another agency this week. Only been working agency for 3 months, as well as my private duty and contingent at one facility. The only times I have been working is the jobs I have found. But I am a loyal employee and have been struggling with having so many employers (agencies). I finally realized that "loyalty" isn't paying the bills.
  6. by   nightingale
    kae rn: Be loyal and true to yourself... When you do the right things, somehow, everything eventually falls into place.
  7. by   MRed94
    OH! Had an AWESOME experience in a new facility I started at tonight. EVERYONE welcomed me, THANKED me for coming, and wanted to know when I was coming back to help them out!!!!!! My jaw is STILL on the floor.

    Beautiful place, beautiful staff, just plain great!

    Tomorrow I get to go back to the facility from H**L for 3 days, and then back to the awesome place for a month! I can tolerate the old place for 3 more days.

    Nicest thing is that the new place is 15 minutes from the house instead of an hour.

    WOW! Life is good.

    M
  8. by   Mariam Soulane
    I so know what you mean. My supervisor didnt know how to manage the schedule or a budget and she was always over staffing and having to send people home. You just get angry. Thats why I like travelling now. I haven't had one assigment fall through yet and my people treat me real nice. I hope things get better for everyone else.

    Try to relax and look for a better agency. Maybe even one from out of your state.
  9. by   Mariam Soulane
    I so know what you mean. My supervisor didnt know how to manage the schedule or a budget and she was always over staffing and having to send people home. You just get angry. Thats why I like travelling now. I haven't had one assigment fall through yet and my people treat me real nice. I hope things get better for everyone else.

    Try to relax and look for a better agency. Maybe even one from out of your state.:zzzzz
  10. by   Mattigan
    We don't use agency nurses but it is not unusal for an FTE to be sent home or called in to stay home. If they want a full check they have to supplement with benefit time. On my unit it works out kinda well... there are e few who like to take off and don't mind and some who don't have the benefit time and need to work so we all cooperate.
  11. by   Mariam Soulane
    We are in an agency forum, I had assumed everone here was working for an agency.

    I know being sent home is not unusual, however it does become very frustrating, after all we do have a life to support and possibly family and not only does the employee need to be dependable, but so does the employer.

    Thank you for your input though.
  12. by   azgirl
    I have found that having two to three agencies works out best. Surprisingly enough I have not found much conflict and at orientation with the first one the agency head said that she knew we would be working for other agencies as well. If I get cancelled with one I call the others and usually someone has a late call.
  13. by   OzNurse69
    Originally posted by Nurse Hag
    I know how you feel. I was pre-booked for 48 hours this week and got cancelled for all of them. It really sucks when they wait until 2 hours before to cancel and you have turned down another shift because the times would conflict. So from now on I am taking the other shift and cancelling on them or forcing them to confirm my shift so I at least get 1 shift either place
    Me too!! I am feeling just a little cranky at the moment, because tonight was supposed to be night 4 - prebooked in ED (just what I like - yay!!) but guess what? EVERY SINGLE SHIFT WAS CANCELLED!!! They booked me just in case they needed me, then cancelled me at 20:30 (just over 2 hrs before my shift was due to start, so they don't have to pay me a cancellation fee). The first night - Wednesday - I managed to pick up another shift, but 20:30 is a little late to get a night duty.

    I'm a single mum, and the kids are at their dads at the moment, so I was booking myself for every available shift so I could have some of the school holidays off when they come to me. Guess where I won't be working from now on??!! And someone who works at that particular hospital has told me previously how much trouble they have getting agency staff to work there - WONDER WHY???

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