I have finally decided to get back to work, after a 6 mo. break d/t burnout. Before I worked at the rehab facility I just left, I worked agency and that is what I am going back to. But I am remembering some very difficult moments as an agency nurse.
I was really new when this happened - I went to a facility for the first time, during the shift I asked who was the supervisor. I was told by the LPN on the other wing that it was me since I was the only RN in the house. No I didn't go back to this facility since I didn't have any support or the knowledge be supervisor of a place I knew nothing about. This has happened to me several times. I don't want to be a supervisor of a 100 bed facility. I know I have the credentials if I wanted to. But I don't. I feel really guilty since quite a few people thought I should be supervisor at my old job too. Working 2nd I have been in quite a few instance when I was pushed into things I was uncomfortable with. Well, now I am experienced and I need to find out what I need to do when I am put on the spot. Any ideas?
Jun 10, '02
Easy; refuse the assignment. Make sure your agency knows that you are not getting paid for supervisor and will refuse to be house RN. My agency is cool with it.
Only had to refuse one assignment--a ward full of vents. Never did vents. Didn't wanna start then.... :chuckle:
Jun 10, '02
I guess I just have to gear up to be assertive. Thanks for the post. At least now I know some of the things to watch out for.