staffing tried to trick/bully me in today! - page 3

I just finished dealing with staffing. I received a very angry call. "Where are you. You are scheduled to work today. You have to come in". I explained that my copy of my work hours says I'm off,... Read More

  1. by   SmilingBluEyes
    It makes sense, sure, but it's not how I handle it. I guess I prefer to be direct. I do Have caller ID and when I see it's work, make up my mind before I pick up if I will do it or not and I tell them so. No one has to wonder where I am, and no one calls again and again as they "run the list". One call and if I say no, ----or yes----that's it. If I am sleeping (I work nights) and not to be disturbed, my son or husband tell them so and I call em back when I am up. No one at work wonders if I am screening my calls or not, they know what's on my mind.

    I guess I just like people to know where I stand, period. But like I said, whatever works for you, fine. I am not condemning anyone. I just think there is a more honest way to handle it.
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Apr 15, '05
  2. by   Mandylpn
    Quote from vhope
    I just finished dealing with staffing. I received a very angry call. "Where are you. You are scheduled to work today. You have to come in". I explained that my copy of my work hours says I'm off, that my hubby is in all night budget meetings and that I had two hours of sleep...could I come in from 11p-730a. "NO! Come in now. It's your responsibility to cover your shift." Decided to call my nurses station and found out that there were no changes on the schedule and I was not on for today. Also staffing tried the same thing with two day shift nurses today! Ya'll know what was really going on? This is my short week. The hospital doesn't have to pay me overtime. My theory is they decided to scare and bully me in to save a buck!:angryfire
    Hi, I NEVER answer my phone when I am off, we have caller ID!
  3. by   brigaily2000
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    Folks: No one should have to hide behind caller ID and answering machines. I always pick up and when I say "no", it means just that. I don't play hidey hole games with anyone. Thank Goodness I work in a place such tactics are not tried. I would not be able to tolerate such things. This is truly disgraceful. Betweent this and the "mandating OT" thread, I am really, really GLAD I work where I do.
    Well said by a fellow redhead!
  4. by   fergus51
    I'm with you Deb. My answer (yes or no) ends the discussion. I will not play games with my employer or let them play games with me. Some of the people here are seriously surprised about that. It's the same as calling in sick when I need a night off or if I don't get the vacation I request. I just won't do it.
  5. by   nursescar
    Quote from night owl
    I had to read this twice to make sure I was comprehending what I was reading. You're saying that you weren't scheduled to work today, but they tried to make like you were by calling and harrassing you to get your butt in even though you were off? So you called your unit to make sure there weren't any changes made that you weren't aware of and you were really and truly off today. Am I correct? If I am, that is truly unbelievable and they have a lot of ballz to do something like that and I would have told them rightfully so. :angryfire Cheeses, you can't even have a day off in peace. Get that caller ID.
    I really second the issue with using alcohol as an excuse-----sounds like these folks could/would use that against you at some point.....I'd be careful.
  6. by   KacyLynnRN
    Just my opinion...if my work did something that dirty to me, I would leave. I would never want to work for a place with staff I can't respect, be them staffing dept. or not. You deserve better!
  7. by   boulergirl
    Sometimes saying "no" is not enough...I've learned that with some people, you REALLY have to put your foot down. One time work tried to call me in and I told them "Ok, I understand that you really, really, really need me to come in and no one else can. But I have a prior commitment and am expected to keep it. I'm sorry but I cannot come in tonight." (I had to babysit and could not back out of the arrangement.)
  8. by   boulergirl
    Oh, and another thing...I've also learned that it's not okay to move and then not give my boss my new phone number. She tried to reach me for a spur-of-the-moment emergency meeting with the staff. When she couldn't reach me, I was written up.

    Now staff members are routinely written up if they don't attend a staff meeting.
  9. by   UnewmeB4
    Quote from boulergirl
    Sometimes saying "no" is not enough...I've learned that with some people, you REALLY have to put your foot down. One time work tried to call me in and I told them "Ok, I understand that you really, really, really need me to come in and no one else can. But I have a prior commitment and am expected to keep it. I'm sorry but I cannot come in tonight." (I had to babysit and could not back out of the arrangement.)
    I never give them any info, as it is NONE OF THEIR BUSINESS! I say "NO"! Even where I use to work. I say "No" again. ..and that is all I tell them, even if they "beg". End of story. If I call in sick, I say, "I am calling in sick, I won't be in for 11-7 tonight." No further information is necessary. If I am asked to try to get people to come in, the same holds. "We need someone for 7-3, if you can come in please call.....If they answer and say no, I thank them and hang up.

    I'd be looking for another job if I werre treated so poorly. And make sure I mention that on my exit interview.
  10. by   Judee Smudee
    Very nasty trick, do not want to be associated with people like this.
  11. by   apaisRN
    My hospital comes up as "unavailable" on my phone, and I don't answer any call unless I have a pretty good idea who it is. The Red Cross calls all the time and won't take no for an answer. I'm not dodging my workplace in particular. They don't call much in any case because I so rarely agree.
  12. by   RNKPCE
    Sounds like we could all do a commercial for our local phone companies showing another good reason for caller ID. :chuckle

    I have been off the last week and have been called 6 out of 7 days to come in and work. Most of those days I was actually not home but on a couple I saw my caller ID and didn't answer.
  13. by   PicklesRN
    Quote from vhope
    I just finished dealing with staffing. I received a very angry call. "Where are you. You are scheduled to work today. You have to come in". I explained that my copy of my work hours says I'm off, that my hubby is in all night budget meetings and that I had two hours of sleep...could I come in from 11p-730a. "NO! Come in now. It's your responsibility to cover your shift." Decided to call my nurses station and found out that there were no changes on the schedule and I was not on for today. Also staffing tried the same thing with two day shift nurses today! Ya'll know what was really going on? This is my short week. The hospital doesn't have to pay me overtime. My theory is they decided to scare and bully me in to save a buck!:angryfire
    Did you confront them on this? If so, what did they say?

    I've had something similar happen to me, kinda. I had to use up some of my vacation before the end of the year and it was already the middle of December. I picked a Tue/Wed. When it comes to using vacation time or losing it the hospital had the 24 hour rule. They had a right to change their minds about giving the time off in an emergency staffing situation when the time off was 'use it or lose it.'

    I received a call on Wednesday asking where I was. Well, I was at home. They insisted I was on the schedule, I insisted I wasn't. Then he told me that the 24 hour rule applied, I said that was fine but nobody told me I needed to come in. He said he left a note in my box on Tuesday. ?? I had Tue/Wed off. How was I supposed to know he changed the schedule?

    He wrote me up. I gave him my two week notice. The department head reversed the write up but went on to say that I should have called in to see if there were scheduling changes on Tuesday. He handed me my resignation letter and I told him to keep it. I still quit.

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