I am a new RN at a long term care facility. I was called in after midnight on Friday to come in to work that Saturday morning to work for a few hours because they were short staffed. Even though it was my weekend off and I wasn't feeling well, I agreed to help them out and work half a shift. When I got to work that morning I told the supervisor that I would only be working for half a shift she asked, "who would be relieving you?" Of course I did not have the answer to that question as I am not a supervisor or staffing coordinator (I assumed they would try to find someone or the supervisor would take over as usual). However, when my shift was over and I tried to give report to the supervisor she refused to take the key. I called the staffing coordinator and DON and they both told me to hand the key over to the supervisor, but she refused to take the key because they were also short staffed for the next shift, which means she would be covering that shift also. She eventually took the key from me after the DON found someone that could stay over for the next shift. As you could imagine this was a very uncomfortable situation as the supervisor was very ****** off at me (I thought I was helping by coming in for a few hours so she wouldn't have to cover the whole shift). Has anyone ever had this happened where the nurse supervisor refused to take the keys? I would assume that it is their responsibility to find someone or take over the keys, not mines. Have anyone ever had this happened? What is the policy at your facility regarding this?
There is only one policy and procedure manual at our facility that is kept locked in the DON's office, which means it is nearly impossible to ever read it, as she locks it in her office when she goes home.