New Nurse getting forced into Float Pool...Need Advice! - page 2

by RNmomFirst 3,925 Views | 11 Comments

Hello everyone! I am a new nurse that got hired on at a local hospital as a floor nurse on a medical unit in April. I look a "casual" position but work part-time hours. As a casual employee, I can pick my schedule but receive no... Read More


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    OK, your last post makes your situation a bit clearer. Your actual work status doesn't seem to have changed.... just the fact that you now will have to work on other floors - and you used to work only on one floor. In addition, the facility has taken all of the (department-based) PRN staff and combined them into a centralized department called the Resource Pool. So now, your work schedule is determined by a centralized staffing office instead of the unit manager you used to work with. Is this right? I realize how upsetting it is to deal with all this change, particularly if you feel that you didn't have a voice, and you're being treated unfairly. But this is not at all an unusual arrangement.

    You are correct - PRN nurses (no matter what they are called, or how they are staffed) usually get paid at a higher rate in exchange for the absence of benefits and their flexibility. It seems like your organization made all the other changes, but left this one out - LOL. Maybe they were hoping no one would notice.

    From a practical standpoint, you will undoubtedly have more opportunities to work if you are associated with more departments but it seems like this is not a positive outcome for you since you do not wish to work more often. I know it's a bit scary to work in an unfamiliar place, but after one or two shifts in that new area it will become familiar also. I would caution you against "going dark" and not working at all.... this will have a very negative consequence when you try to re-enter the workplace after your kids are older. It's much better to stay in touch by working occasionally as you are now.
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    I've never worked anywhere were casual/pool/per diem staff were hired to work on only one floor or unit -- it was a basic expectation that you would be put wherever you were needed. As for a higher rate of pay, that is pretty standard, but it's entirely up to the individual facility. If they are able to hire sufficient numbers of float/pool staff without offering a higher rate or benefits, they would be stupid not to. If they weren't able to attract decent employees with the compensation package they're offering, they would have to look at increasing the pay (or benefits), but that doesn't sound like it's a problem for them.


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