My Dad died a week ago today. I took a week off when he was diagnosed and went "home" with my youngest daughter to see him. I thought he would be OK until my assignment ended in May but.......
The hospital where I am working have been very good to me. I sprung the week off during my daughters "spring break" and they just said "go and don't worry", even though almost half of the team had asked for time off already. They also didn't say a negative word when at the beginning of the day I got a call from my brother saying I needed to get home. They just covered it. I will forever be in their debt but will do my best to repay as much as I can. I have been there for 4 out of the past 5 years, starting either in November or January and staying until June. I plan on doing that for the next few years or longer now with the debt.
Have also been with the same Travel company for the past 4 years. They haven't' bothered me regarding the time off but they also didn't offer any type of bereavement pay. I was canceled on Monday, scheduled off for Tuesday, got the call needing to "get home" Wednesday so I couldn't work the last three days of the week. I have a guaranteed 36 hours per week (if I am canceled) and have used a few of those but not all. I will go home early if there is nothing going on and will not "charge" the hospital if I have at least 30 worked hours. If I'm off a whole 12 or 8 hour shift then I feel I need to have the Guarantee.
My question to the readers who have continued to read, is. Would you expect something on a travel assignment?? I know there is no vacation, sick time, but there had been holiday and I though Bereavement in previous contracts. Has that suddenly gone away or have I just assumed it was there? I won't name the company or hospital on the forum, so don't ask.
Thank you for any and all comments.