When the hospital cancels you for a shift... - page 3
by NanikRN 12,751 Views | 44 Comments
Lately census has been low. We take turns with cancellations. My problem is with our hospital's unwritten but absolutely expected to comply policy. If a nurse works a 12 hr shift s/he is not cancelled but "delayed". Which... Read More
- 0Jul 29, '12 by Ruby VeeQuote from nanikrnyes, i've found it to be typical.lately census has been low. we take turns with cancellations. my problem is with our hospital's unwritten but absolutely expected to comply policy.
if a nurse works a 12 hr shift s/he is not cancelled but "delayed". which means that you have to be available or on call for the hospital in case you are needed at 3p or ll pm if nights. so it's not really like being off cause you're waiting, can't schedule other places. (many of nurses work agencies also).
is this typical?
- 0Jul 29, '12 by CJMRMy hospital recently changed policy. There is no longer on call pay but they only expect a nurse to be available for 4 hours. I think it's a nice trade-off. On my unit we make a list of people willing to go first if there is low workload. Usually that is sufficient but if not, they go by who hasn't had it the longest.
- 2Jul 29, '12 by NickiLaughsI worked at a faciility that would do that with no reimbursement. You were put on "standby" for either 4 or 6 hours, at the end of that time if they called you and said you were free then you were free.
I had a big issue with this policy as it was happening once or more a week for a while, it ultimately left me and several others in the position of quitting. I think it's unfair when you are unable to work elsewhere and you are held to a standard of being available for them with no income.
So it IS legal, but it's NOT reasonable.
- 2Jul 29, '12 by gypsyd8I worked one place that started putting me "on call." After the first instance of being paid only $4 an hour, and coming in to find that I forfeited my time and one half pay for the last four hours of a twelve hour shift, I wouldn't answer the phone. Then I found another job and quit. My time is too valuable to have it hijacked by some idiot in the staffing office.
- 1Jul 29, '12 by woohWe've recently switched to that being policy. We used to be "on call" and had to be available all shift for them for the high price to them of $2/hr. They decided that was too much money for them to spend, so now we're on "stand by" and have to be available all shift for them for no money at all. It gives them absolutely NO INCENTIVE to plan responsibly. And apparently since they changed the name from "on call" to "stand by" they seem to think their staff is stupid enough to think this is completely different. But nurses are a dime a dozen these days, so we pretty much have to put up with whatever policy they come up with.
According to employment laws, it's iffy as to legality, but who wants to be the one that pushes the issue and all of the sudden have a ton of written warnings in their file and get fired?
- 0Jul 29, '12 by DoGoodThenGoQuote from gguntherMy head started spinning after the first paragraph. If there were a pop quiz afterwards am sure would get a big fat "0". *LOL*sounds like a lot of math at payroll time...