About to call it quits before I start! - page 2

Well, my first assignment that I'm supposed to start the last week of January is off to a rough start. The company will not answer my questions. They will not guarentee me blocked shifts which was... Read More

  1. by   Bluehair
    Once upon a time I was director of ICU in a rural hospital, and we utilized contract staff. I spoke with every traveler before they came, did NOT depend on what the agency told me about them at all. I wanted to have some understanding of who was coming, what their expectations were, what my/our expectations of them were, etc. before we got into the whole thing. Scheduling was one of the things discussed. Block scheduling for the travelers was not a problem on our unit (we did self scheduling also), especially if the traveler was working nights or weekends or both. Bottom line, it might be in your best interest to speak with the nurse manager/director of the unit you are going to before you back out. I would have had no difficulty putting that into the contract when asked, but the nurse did have to ask (crystal ball technology is not as effective as desired).
    Good luck!
    :icon_smile:
  2. by   icunurse42066
    Quote from Bluehair
    Once upon a time I was director of ICU in a rural hospital, and we utilized contract staff. I spoke with every traveler before they came, did NOT depend on what the agency told me about them at all. I wanted to have some understanding of who was coming, what their expectations were, what my/our expectations of them were, etc. before we got into the whole thing. Scheduling was one of the things discussed. Block scheduling for the travelers was not a problem on our unit (we did self scheduling also), especially if the traveler was working nights or weekends or both. Bottom line, it might be in your best interest to speak with the nurse manager/director of the unit you are going to before you back out. I would have had no difficulty putting that into the contract when asked, but the nurse did have to ask (crystal ball technology is not as effective as desired).
    Good luck!
    :icon_smile:
    I totally agree with bluehair. Talk with the nurse manager before you back out. So far, all of the travel assignments I have had did give me the block scheduling in the contract. The only issue I am having is at my current assignment. It's in the contract, but the facility is not doing it. I am having to change my schedule myself, and if they don't like it, BYE!!! Good luck and don't give up hope!!!

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