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- Mar 4 by tktjRNNervous nurse,
Unfortunately, DON positions are a dime a dozen. Jobs are always available, because there are few nurses that want to do this long term. Either you love it or hate it. Burn out and staff turnover is insane and a lot of politics. I enjoy my job, because I work with a great team, but I still have my moments. I work long hours, because my expectations are high. I don't plan to do this forever. I miss bed side nursing.
- Mar 4 by morteUnfortunately, that note may cost you your job.Quote from WldChrrynervousnurse...They utilize what they call "mandatory overtime" at my facility, so like the pp said, this is often their staffing solution and they won't hesitate to mandate a nurse. Needless to say, I got a note from my doctor prohibiting me from being "mandated" for the rest of my pregnancy
- Mar 5 by WldChrryMorte- It hasn't so far, and I really don't see how it could, legally. Anne- yes the nurse that walked out still works at my facility. I've heard that since she didn't punch in they couldn't get her for abandonment.
- Mar 5 by mortethe law has little to nothing to do with most firings. If you can't/won't do as they need/require, they can, in most states just tell you your employment is terminated. The nurse that walked, indeed it wouldn't be abandonment. But certainly insubordinate. good luck.Quote from WldChrryMorte- It hasn't so far, and I really don't see how it could, legally. Anne- yes the nurse that walked out still works at my facility. I've heard that since she didn't punch in they couldn't get her for abandonment.
- Mar 6 by WldChrryThanks Morte...so far so good with the note
- Mar 6 by SmarteenaI guess it depends on what the expectation is re the management where you work.
At my facility (and throughout the company), it is expected that the DNS or RCM steps up and helps if they
are unable to find replacement nursing staff. Over the years, I have seen more than a few Administrators
making rounds and (literally) wiping butts when we're missing a CNA.
I am the Asst. DNS in a large facility and I have stepped in more than a few times over the years to pass meds,
do admissions, charting, treatments - you name it.
Charge nurses become (understandably) upset when management staff doesn't pitch in and help -- which
then causes further staffing problems when unhappy nurses move on because of problems like this.
In order to have good staff morale, I think it is really important for all mangagement staff to be ready, willing
and able to give a hand when needed. I wouldn't want to work where managers either say they will help and then
don't, or where they think they are "above" working on the floor. Teamwork, you know??