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 benefits. This was ideal because I had just had my second child in February and my husband makes his own schedule as well. Although I receive no benefits, I get no pay increase.
Here is my dilemma: About a month ago, all the casual RN's were called into a meeting with the D.O.N. long with some of the Nursing Supervisors and some HR staff. This meeting was to inform us that we would now be in a "Resource Pool". They would divide us into Clusters and Levels. Clusters, being a Med-Surg cluster including Oncology, Medical and Surgical. A critical care cluster, including ED, ICU and IMU. And the last cluster being all of OB, Peds and women's services. Levels would be how competent we are on each floor/unit. They denied it being a so-called Float pool and instead are calling it a resource pool so that they can get away with not paying any extra! Has anyone else heard of such a thing? We have another meeting this Wednesday and I would live to hear from some of you on this subject before then. D.O.N claims that research shows that many hospitals are doing this with their casual employees to maximize their resources. I would love to gather my own research on this matter to present to her. No one is happy about this and several have quit already. Being a new nurse, I am very nervous about not knowing where I will be until I go to work that morning.
In my area, a lot of the hospitals have resource nursing as float, and/or in house pool. I was a pool nurse when I was a new grad nurse. I liked it because of the flexibility, and the ability to broaden my floor knowledge.
It's not necessarily a bad thing. You will find that, depending on the nursing culture of the hospital and/or the unit, you will find co-workers that are willing to help you become familiar with the unit and the specific pt population.
As far as wages...that is totally relative...you may be already be getting a pool rate already-I'm not sure in your situation. Most places in my area have a casual rate 2-3 dollars more than the regular rate. I got paid at pool rate, even as a new grad.
I say continue to gather more information, voice your concerns as a new grad, what support would you have because you are still learning, etc. Get to know the supervisors and NMs in the unit that you are working on. They may have great resource information. Do you due diligence in getting to know people and the units that you will be working on. It may lead you in working the majority of the time working in a particular unit that you may like. And in the end, if you feel as though it won't be a good fit, you at least tried to make it work.
Last edit by LadyFree28 on Feb 3, '13