I have no idea where I would post this,so trying here first....
Right now I am a pediatric homecare RN in CT,have been on this case for almost 7 months. I am happy with my job now,esp. after some of the drama I have been through at other jobs!
My issue is sort of two pronged: the case that i am on requires more nursing. The family already works with two agencies,b/c of complication of case,and neither agency has been able to provide the staffing that they need. I work weekdays 9-5,the other agency supplies a night nurse 5 nts/week. The family has tried to recruit nursing via Craigslist after waiting months without result from the two agencies.eac time they find someone through CL,by the time they get to the agency,they are lured to other cases instead of theirs.
I have tried to help out,I actually did 45-50 hr weeks for two months to help them out,also tried to network with another nurse from my agency and bring her in. Unfortunately,she trained three days and split. Now the issue is that I am sort of back to 40 hr weeks,but I have to decrease my hours slightly b/c I need to attend to some personal issues in my life. Even doing the 40 hrs though,Im still feeling a bit of a guilt trip for not helping out as much as I did before. And maybe its me,but I feel like if I am ever sick or need some personal time,I am leaving them stranded b/c there is no backup.
Does anyone have any other ideas as to how to recruit other nurses?? I know that they can post on monster/careerbuilder/etc but it costs $$$. They are trying CL again,too. I would talk to the people at my agency but they are basically useless(another story). I do love the child and the case,and the family really is good to work for(my personal guilt aside).
Any suggestions would be helpful!!!