Hi everyone! I've been a nurse for 2 years. Right now I'm working as a per diem for 2 companies. I was wondering if anybody has experience with working as per diem and calling out?! I am working in this company that asked me to work 5 days a week and won't give me benefits. When I call out, they give me a hard time. I reminded them that I'm a per diem therefore if I don't work, they don't have to pay me. So it's a win win situation. I called out in this company 3 times within 6 months time. The first two were family emergency. Then the DON talked to me and said I called out a lot. I said to them that I can't commit to the hours that they're trying to give to me but they won't budge. I wrote a letter saying I will call them for my availability but the staffing coordinator did not take it lightly. I said, if you want me to work more then give me benefits or make me a part time or a full time. The 3rd time I called out, the DON and the ADON called me and said I can't call out just like that. I gave them a 24 hour notice and yet they try to scare me by leaving messages on my phone.
I don't know how to proceed on this. Looks like they're trying to lock me up but won't give me benefits at all. Can anybody get fired because of calling out too much as a per diem nurse?