My admin wants me to try an on call rotation for the staff nurses to keep the floor covered. I have worked in several types of nursing settings that used this solution, but that was years ago. Do you use this at your facility and how has it worked out. I know if I try to institute this, the nurses will have 10 fits. When I did on call as a staff nurse, we were to be available that day for the staff should there be a call off. If we got called, we were responsible for calling staff to get the shift covered. If we could not get it covered, we had to go in ourselves and work it, be it a nurse or cna who called off.
We have an on call rotation. 4 nurse managers, the 2 admissions nurses, 2 MDS nurses, SDC, and 3-11 supervisor. So they are on call once every 10 weeks. They are all salaried but get paid extra to be on call. It's usually helping to find someone to come in if there's been a callout. If they can't find anyone, they go in and then take another day off. Usually I get all the clinically oriented calls whether it's 9 am or 3am so I am not on the on call rotation.
Last edit by CapeCodMermaid on Jan 26, '12
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