First let me say that nothing bad happened, but I feel I took a risk at work that I am not willing to take again.
I was given my usual assigment at the start of the day. It is a heavy load, but I can deal with it. I was then told that some people "didnt show up" and that I would have to provide total care on some of my patients for a few hours. Again, it's a heavy load, but I can do it "for a few hours" until they get someone in. "someone" never came.
Then 4 hours into my shift, I was told that a nurse was leaving sick and that I needed to take two additional patients. "Just until they can get someone in".
Again.."someone" never came.
Looking back, even though nothing happened, I felt I took a risk. My state nursing law states that I do not have to accept an assignment that I am uncomfortable with, but it does not say what happens if I refuse (like I've seen TX has a clause for what to do).
How would you have handled the situation? I do not want to get fired, but I will not accept an assignment like that again..EVER.
Should I go to my manager now and express my concerns or wait for it to happen again?
Mar 27, '13
This has happened at the facility I work at several times. I was surprised to hear, though, that your manager was not aware of the situation right away. Was the charge nurse taking on a full load as well? As a charge RN, it is my responsibility to take care of my staff RNs in any way possible, either by running my butt off helping everyone else, or taking a full load of patients (or both). My first duty would be to let the manager know what is going on in the floor, and then call the staffing office, and then take out the unit phone book and call everyone (nurses and aides) on the list!
Last edit by Daliadreamer on Mar 27, '13
: Reason: Re-wording sentence