Is this the norm?

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    I got hired at a local peds agency. I went through orientation. They asked me how far I was willing to travel and I agreed to 45 minutes away. That was lastweek.

    On Tuesday someone from their other office called me and offered me a case thats 1 hour away. I declined and explained that 1 hour was too far.

    Later on that day someone else called me and asked about my availability. I am very flexible, I have nights and weekends free. He said he was working on the schedule and would get back to me. I got no call back and so called on Thursday morning (yesterday) and was told "We didn't forget about you. I am still working on January's schedule and we were just talking about you."

    I still do not have a case. Is this normal? Did I lose the job by not accepted the first case offered?
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    Quote from KATRN78
    I got hired at a local peds agency. I went through orientation. They asked me how far I was willing to travel and I agreed to 45 minutes away. That was lastweek.

    On Tuesday someone from their other office called me and offered me a case thats 1 hour away. I declined and explained that 1 hour was too far.

    Later on that day someone else called me and asked about my availability. I am very flexible, I have nights and weekends free. He said he was working on the schedule and would get back to me. I got no call back and so called on Thursday morning (yesterday) and was told "We didn't forget about you. I am still working on January's schedule and we were just talking about you."

    I still do not have a case. Is this normal? Did I lose the job by not accepted the first case offered?
    I belong to 3 different peds agencies. When I got hired in I told them I was only interested in doing the cases in my area. All 3 of these agencies told me not to worry and that they always had plenty of work available in my area. Not true. They always lie. They tell you what you want to hear and then they usually only call you for cases that are an hour or more drive away from your home. They will probably keep calling you and offering you jobs that are far away. I refused to drive to cases far away and one of the agencies finally did find me a client in my area. Good luck.
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    All of them will tell you what you want to hear but when push comes to shove, they will spend their efforts trying to get you to fill their "problem" staffing needs. That can be expected, but it does not necessarily keep you working. And there are staffing coordinators who will get personal and let a perceived dislike for you keep them from ever giving you a fair chance at work. Often you will meet a nurse who is overwhelmed with requests while another nurse with the same agency has not worked in three weeks, three months, or ever. If a person feels slighted by an agency, for whatever reason, best to contact another agency. That is why some nurses are signed on with two to five different agencies.
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    Quote from KATRN78
    I got hired at a local peds agency. I went through orientation. They asked me how far I was willing to travel and I agreed to 45 minutes away. That was lastweek.

    On Tuesday someone from their other office called me and offered me a case thats 1 hour away. I declined and explained that 1 hour was too far.

    Later on that day someone else called me and asked about my availability. I am very flexible, I have nights and weekends free. He said he was working on the schedule and would get back to me. I got no call back and so called on Thursday morning (yesterday) and was told "We didn't forget about you. I am still working on January's schedule and we were just talking about you."

    I still do not have a case. Is this normal? Did I lose the job by not accepted the first case offered?
    This is normal. Expect it to take about 2 weeks to find a case. The thing is with agencies when they hiring you they are not usually offering you a job but a promise of a job/assignment.

    Depending on whether you responded to a help wanted ad or just walked in and signed out will also have a impact on how much work is available. Unless they have an open case at the time you are hired they can't really promise you anything so far as location since they won't know what cases they will get only what they've had in the past. The can't really predict when a nurse who is on a case will suddenly get fed up and quit etc. The staffing needs are more variable than say a hospital where there are x beds so they need y nurses.

    Refusing your first case won't have won you any special treatment. While its hard to find the right nurse fit for every client in PDN it's not really that hard for them to find nurse so they keep on throwing them at the wall and see which ones fit.
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    I work at 2 agencies..one which is peds. Initially it took me 3 maybe 4 weeks to get cases close to my house. I would just keep calling them so they don't forget about you. good luck
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    Quote from m2312
    I work at 2 agencies..one which is peds. Initially it took me 3 maybe 4 weeks to get cases close to my house. I would just keep calling them so they don't forget about you. good luck
    I like to go into the office looking for a case. Do that often enough, you will become a nuisance, and they will bend over backwards to get you out of their hair, or they will be too embarassed to give the case to another nurse on the phone, in front of you standing there in front of them with your big, brown, doleful cat eyes pleading for a chance to work.
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    Thank you!
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    Quote from KATRN78
    I got hired at a local peds agency. I went through orientation. They asked me how far I was willing to travel and I agreed to 45 minutes away. That was lastweek.

    On Tuesday someone from their other office called me and offered me a case thats 1 hour away. I declined and explained that 1 hour was too far.

    Later on that day someone else called me and asked about my availability. I am very flexible, I have nights and weekends free. He said he was working on the schedule and would get back to me. I got no call back and so called on Thursday morning (yesterday) and was told "We didn't forget about you. I am still working on January's schedule and we were just talking about you."

    I still do not have a case. Is this normal? Did I lose the job by not accepted the first case offered?
    I forgot to mention about one of my agencies. This agency has been actively searching for nurses for the past 6 months to specifically staff ped cases in my area. The fact is that there are no new ped cases presently in my area. That is a fact. So they are asking for nurses to staff cases that do not presently exist.
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    Ok, so the story is unfolding a bit. They offered me reimbursment to travel there. They also said after 3 weeks they will put me on a more local case. All this in writing.

    I think they need me more than I need them? IDK!
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    I am impressed. They actually put it in writing. That sounds great!!!


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