On-call in the OR - page 3

by lozstar

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Hi everyone I have been an operating room nurse for nearly eight years. I really enjoy what I do but I have had dreadful call ins over the last month. Over one weekend I worked an extra 20 hours on top of my normal 40 hours.... Read More

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    Quote from kguill975
    If you guys have shared governance at your hospital, then you have a lot to talk about.

    First, if you're getting called in that much, then you must make a killing in OT. I think your director should open up 2 FTEs to staff a team on nights, M-F. We staff 2 in-house call teams, and 1 out-house call team, which is a day shift team that rarely gets called out. Places that aren't so busy, could just use 1 in-house call team, and use the other team as back-up call. Weekends will still need coverage, sorry.

    Second, why aren't your OB teams trained to do C-sections? Do they have to provide a baby nurse, or do you do that too? There's a nice little program specifically for them through AORN. There should be no need for anyone to come out for a C-section, when able bodied people are already at work in THEIR dept.

    Third, I'm a compressed weekender that works evenings/nights only. There are 3 of us, who work (2) 16 hour shifts for 32 hours/week, which is full-time. For a nice salary, I help keep the Mon-Fri people at home and in their beds on the weekends. That would probably be asking too much to have weekend staff.

    Ask your director to consider these options, and have your shared governance reps advocate for you. Surgery drives revenue for the hospital, so you guys should have more negotiation with call. Remember: The squeaky wheel gets the oil.
    My hospital is just the same. We have 4 OR's, 4 circulators, and we still have to do the C-sections. They do provide the baby nurse. Those girls flatly refuse to learn to circulate, even though a couple of them have done it before at a previous job.
    Our CEO allows scheduled weekend cases, we call each other for back-up & so far have not had a bad outcome...but we all say that it's going to happen one day...we'll lose a baby or Mom, or that AAA that could have been saved.
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