Sent home after 4 hours...AGAIN!!!! - page 3

: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
    Hang in there where ya can. I hear ya. In Denver, overbooking is the norm at many facilities. The area is SO census geared.

    I too have called another agency after cancellation and do get used for late call from time to time.

    Diversity is the key.

    Durings slow times, check with your agencies to see if there are short term travel contracts available if you are able to commit. You mentioned block booking and that is one of my favorites too.

    Good luck to you and let us know how we can help.

    B.
  2. by   flashpoint
    I'm confused....if the facility cancels , you don't get paid? Every agency our hospital uses gets paid whether their nurses work or not, so if an agency nurse is scheduled and census is down, a staff nurse stays home...
  3. by   OzNurse69
    Originally posted by cotjockey
    I'm confused....if the facility cancels , you don't get paid? Every agency our hospital uses gets paid whether their nurses work or not, so if an agency nurse is scheduled and census is down, a staff nurse stays home...
    Boy, if I could find an agency like that, I'd change over in a heartbeat.....

    Standard arrangement is, if they cancel you less that 2 hrs before the start of a shift, they have to pay you for 2 hrs. Once you are there, they can send you home at any time & either pay you for 2 hrs or the time you have been there, whichever is longer. BUT if the hospital cancels more than 2 hrs before the start of a shift, the agency nurse gets....you guessed it, NOTHING!!!
  4. by   RNpupil
    NURSES WHERE I WORK HAVE TO LEAVE AFTER FOUR HOURS. SOME ARE FLOATED TO DIFFERENT UNITS EVERY 4 HOURS WHEN THE SENSUS IS DOWN.
  5. by   RNpupil
    NURSES WHERE I WORK HAVE TO LEAVE AFTER FOUR HOURS. SOME ARE FLOATED TO DIFFERENT UNITS EVERY 4 HOURS WHEN THE SENSUS IS DOWN.

    I HAVE NOTICED AN INTENSE INCREASE IN THE CENSUS. IT WAS 18/55 AND NOW ITS RAPIDLY CREAPING BACK UP. DURING THE SEASON IT WAS UNUSUALLY LOW.
  6. by   RNpupil
    OZnurse

    its true they do get paid four whatever hours that they work and they also get paid for 4 extra hours for having to leave early.
  7. by   Shiraz
    I hear ya MRed!! Those places that welcome you with open arms and think the "Angel of Mercy" just walked in the door are great!! They really boost your ego and seem to make all the bad experiences go away!!

    I still occasionally get distant comments like "Maybe I should go Agency" ...but those people still work their hum drum schedules and complain about being "on call".

    It's so nice to make your own schedule.

    Life is GOOD!!!

    PS. Working for a GREAT AGENCY really helps!! This one I'm at now is the third and last!!
  8. by   nightingale
    Originally posted by Shiraz
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    Life is GOOD!!!



    We need a little cheerleader happy face! Life is good! I like that!
  9. by   NTexNurse
    Grrr---hate the 4 hour deal---esp. when I sign up to work when my family is home and all that 4 hour stint does for me is take me away from the family in the evening instead of giving me a nice 12 hour $hift. The worst scenario that really gets me boiling is when the hospital calls the agency and says that they are begging for help, that they are desparate---so I go in ONLY to be told at 2100 that they are cancelling me at 2300. Guess what that does to my future decision making about those "begging for help" phone calls....not just NO but he#@ NO!
  10. by   nightingale
    :chuckle :chuckle :roll :roll
  11. by   mattsmom81
    If I have driven a good distance to this facility, and called to confirm prior to leaving, and they do this to me....I generally DNR them. It is not acceptable to be treated this way...especially if it happens consistently. They hang onto us 'just in case' and have zero respect for our need to work. GRR.

    I generally offer to work in another area rather than be sent home...and if they don't accomodate me it's just another reason to DNR, IMO.

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