I pick the days that I'm dumped on.... - page 2

by BSNbeDONE 5,777 Views | 30 Comments

As a float nurse, I'm 10 for 10 as far as being dumped on. The managers say that it shouldn't be that way but nothing changes. I reported my concerns verbally and filed my complaints in writing. Yet nothing changes. I'm an... Read More


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    I was a per diem float nurse at a hospital before getting my school nurse position. I got dumped on, BADLY! LOL

    I remember one morning when the charge nurse gave herself and the other 2 nurses a full team of patients. I only got 3 or 4. However, there were THREE admissions coming and they were ALL for me! I'm not one to make a fuss, I was there so infrequently I would mostly grin and bear it. But that time I spoke up, believe me!
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    I'm a float and there have been a couple of times where the assignment sucked, and I noticed a float reported to me, and I reported to a float for two consecutive shifts. All in all though, the assignments have been manageable, so I can't say that we always get dumped on where I work. When acuity in general is higher on a floor, it is more likely to happen, though. There are just so many more perks to being a float--making my own schedule, not putting in for hours if I need a break, superb pay--I suck it up and deal when it happens.
    RNperdiem, squatmunkie_RN, and NJnewRN like this.
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    The floors have a lot higher acuity these days, so many altered mental status, total cares, etoh/drug etc a easy walkie talkie patient is a rare treat! Plenty of overtime to be had where I work always short, always calling but I don't do overtime because I can barely handle my schedule. At least you are lucky to only have to work two days and make good money doing it, own schedule, no weekends or holidays! You've got it better than me!
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    Today I was just thinking about the same exact thing. I went to work today and had six patients. When you are float or agency, you can tell easily what kind of day you are going to have. If the patients are screaming out or confused, guess who is going to get that patient? I remember being floated this horrible floor aka "the dumping ground." I remember having a horrible day. Ironically, since I'm a agency nurse, they asked if I wanted to do a contract. Even if I was considering it, I immediately called the agency and told them I "WILL NOT" be taking a contract at this hospital. Why should I get locked into 3 months of H@$%^? It's stupid because they will have more patients when they are short. I owe them, a huge thanks. I switched to home care and couldn't be happier. I will do the floor once a week for as long as I can stomach it, but my days of pounding the pavement on the floor fulltime is done.
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    Quote from dah doh
    Hang in there! There appears to be a light at the end of your tunnel! Have you considered getting out of the float pool? Maybe you'd get dumped on less if you worked on one of the units permanently.
    I just finished a year of fulltime in a cardiac stepdown unit and as the new kid with 20+ years of experience, even the Nurse Mgr made my life hell. She actually had the audacity to pull a nurse from ICU with instructions to help the other nurses ONLY even though it was understood by all that I was NOT a cardiac nurse by any sort!!!!! She never put me in the cardiac class that she promised as a condition of my employment. It was always, "I put so-n-so in and will get you next class". After a year of that crap, I gave my notice and left. She even changed my last day of employment as a way of trying to get me to come in on a day that she new well in advance that I was moving. So I called in because I already had the uhaul and movers lined up. Then after my employment ended, she called me at home and asked me to come to work on what should have been my last day. H*** NO! Had she not been so LOW DOWN, I would have already been there but she had to change the schedule in one final attempt to screw over me. Backfired on her! They ended up having only 2 nurses to work that day because one of her prized nurses did a no-show, from what the PCT told me in a text.Payback's a *****!
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    Quote from Morganalefey
    Wow, this surprises me. In my hospital, we always try to give a lighter load to the float (i.e. no one on a drip, etc), and try to give them 5pt's so they don't get an admit. That doesn't always happen, but we try.I'm shocked to hear that there are floors that dump on the nurses coming to help them out.I guess they'll get pay back when it's their turn to float.
    If you work anywhere in Georgia, I'm coming to apply!!!! Lol!
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    Can you get out of the hospital environment? Can you try something else like homecare, school nursing, clinics?
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    I was a float nurse at a rehab hospital as a new grad...there was only ONE time I got seriously DUMPED on...1 pt from this assignment, I pt from this...etc. FIVE patients from EACH corner of the unit, each we call "old quads". The charge nurse thought that because my main float space was Spinal Cord and traumatic brain injury, the rest of the unit could get a "break"...I went right to their nurse manager, compared yesterday's assignment with that nights assignment, and it was shifted back to me getting a open assignment...and this nurse claimed I was lazy, lol...get sour grapes if you want to, I told him-you run around ALWAYS....yup, I'll take my "light" assignment!

    The floor had a clause that they couldn't deviate from the slots created, UNLESS the NM had final approval...best "advocacy" of my career!!!
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    Didn't have problems SINCE then regarding assignments EITHER...(been a nurse for 8 years)
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    Quote from NJnewRN
    Can you get out of the hospital environment? Can you try something else like homecare, school nursing, clinics?
    As of yesterday, another RN friend of mine and a business friend of mine, and I have started the beginning of CNA school/home health agency. We are in the planning phase and have applied for a Provider License. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel. My fiancÚ is a CPR instructor for first responders and healthcare providers. So that's covered. It's gonna be a while before we're up and running but there is hope after all!!


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