... and THIS ladies and gentlemen is what makes nursing so ridiculous. i just can't figure out why people don't want to go into nursing or the average "drop out" rate is 5 years after graduating. it just all sounds so appealing and glamorous to the next generation of future nurses .. pffft. no.
'you HAVE to stay.'
uhm, no. you completed your shift obligation. end of story.
there have been plenty of times someone has called out for next shift and all my work can do is ASK me to stay .that's it. they can't lock the doors and refuse to let me leave.
of course, they all want to avoid agency at all costs (literally), but that's too bad.
8 hours at the place i work is enough to make me want to die. i can't wait to get out of there!!
the only time i've heard of patient abadonment is when you've taken report on your patients and then you decide to leave. when i worked on the floor, nurses would come in, look at their assignment and say 'change it now or i'm going home' because once they got report, they didn't have that option. i don't know how correct that "rule" is.. but it worked for them!
stand up for yourself! call your BON and present the situation. have them mail, email, fax, whatever you the "rules." your employer can't argue with your BON.
don't ever let anyone threaten or coerce you into taking double shifts all the time or working absurd hours. your employers don't care about your son at home or what the extra $ did to your taxes. all they care about is getting a warm body in the building so they don't have to change a diaper.