I am the wrong person in the wrong situation! I almost feel guilty with the economy like it is, and with some nurses getting laid off, having difficulty finding a job at all, or simply needing extra hours. I switched to being prn/perdiem in April, instead of working one private duty case consistently. I told my agency that I was taking a break and not working for a few weeks when I made the switch to prn/perdiem. Well, they still called me regularly asking me to work during my break. This week (the last week of my break) they called me THREE times pleading with me to work even though I told them in no uncertain terms that I absolutely could not work this week in particular because I have final exams/papers. (I am working on a masters degree, but not in nursing.)
My personal break is up and I want to start working some again, and I am already signed up to work 2 shifts next week. I could be working full-time plus hours...
Is this unusual??? Just a fluke in my area??? I am in the southeast. And I am a RN as well, not a LPN. I only mention that because I have frequently heard it said that private duty cases are mostly for LPN's, and less common for RN's. Yet, as a RN, I have never in over 4 years had difficulty finding private duty RN cases.
In my area, I was told that with medicaid (and most cases seem to be medicaid), a private duty case must either be a RN case or a LPN case. RN's and LPN's can NOT be mixed on the same case. It is one or the other. Some type of medicaid rule, which may be specific to my state?