Last month, I took a Per Diem job at an LTC facility. I really wasnt impressed with my 3 day orientation and how other nurses do their med pass. I will admit, it is a very demanding sub/acute unit with 34 pts two who are with trachs, numerous tube feedings, IV meds and dressing changes. I took the job because I needed the income. I was never given any kind of schedule, just a phone call whenever someone called in. I did pick up a few shifts on my own by asking other nurses to call me if they needed a night off. Last week, I was scheduled to work on Thursday. On Tuesday, I had to take my daughter to the ER and she was admitted. I called my work that day and spoke with the staffing nurse and the DON to let them both know I would not be available to work 11-7 Thursday night. No problem, thanks for letting us know I was told. Turns out my child is going to be in and out of the hospital and it looks like I am going to have a special needs 6 year old. I am a single mom but I have the support of my family. I made arrangments for someone to be at the hospital or if we are home,if I have to work...which I need to work, I have other children to provide and care for . On Monday, I called my work and spoke to the staffing nurse and told her I was available this week for nights if needed but not the weekend, the nights for next week including the weekend. She said that I needed to talk with the DON. He told me that I was very unprofessional because I wasnt available at a moments notice and that he needed someone more dependable. Excuse me? Out of the 7 shifts I worked, I picked up 4 shifts at a moments notice and the other 3, I picked up because someone wanted me to work for them. I am still able to do work Per Diem, as I was hired for. But he told me he felt this wasnt going to work out and good luck.
Talk about kickin someone when they are down...as I am typing this, I get a call from them because they had a night nurse call in. Really?!?!