I hope I am posting this right.
My question is do any of you out there have to take call. Basically if we are overstaffed (yes I said overstaffed) and/or don't have enough patients on the floor to support the staff do you get called off. I'm obviously working in a smaller hospital. (we may hold 80 pts. full).
If we do get put on call we don't have the day off. Oh no... We get to sit by the phone just in case they need us. But of course the GREAT management
we have pays us a whole dollar an hour. We can't pick up a part-time call-in job, because we MIGHT get a call to come in and work 30min later or 6hours later. So far this year I have had to take 94 hours of call time. This means since I support my family I have had to use 94 hours of vaction time (we can sell it back) to cover the decrease in my paycheck. Guess how much vacation time I have left now!!!!! Who can afford a vaction anyway.
No we don't have a nursing shortage. We are full staffed. What ticks me off is when someone is home on call and we are running our butts off.
Keeping the budget where they want it to be. If you point out the short staff just have to stay after 2 hrs apiece getting paid overtime that just starts the lecture about getting out on time. Oh yeah and the house supervisor will check to see if you are going to be late so they can get you out on time. Yeah mostly they check 15min before shift is over. Call them and you get the run down of how busy everyone is.
Of course tomorrow will might dismiss half our patients and be put on call. I do love the people I work with and my patients. And the next closest hospital I'ld work at is an hour away.
Just wondering if "on call" happens to anyone else.
VENTING, VENTING, VENTING...:angryfire