Quote from lorster
This is my first travel assignments and i do not want it to be my last. I have not signed anything but have agreed to go for 13 weeks. the manager from this hospital phones me and during the interview, she asked me if I would be ok with floating to orthopedics. I hesitated and then said...yes, occasionally. The minute I said it, I regretted it. But this is my first job, and I do not know what to expect. Well, the paperwork showed up in the mail and on the contract, it stated...will float to orthopedics as needed per hospital policy. I absolutely hate orthopedics and am going into traveling specifically to get away from that. How can I handle this? I am dreading this first assignment because I know that I will be stuck on orthopedics and that is exactly what I do not want. Any advice? By saying yes to the hospital, have I committed? Im I being too picky?
I have to agree that travelers are generally the first ones to float. It comes with the territory. If someone told me I had to float and the traveler got to stay on my unit, I would start looking for another job. Generally travelers are well received at my hospital, staff gets along with them well. But when it comes to floating, they are definately the first ones to go. You may want to reconsider the whole traveling thing if you don't want to float at all. Generally our director will call and do a phone interview of any travelers that are looking at coming for an assignment so they can ask questions, know what sort of unit/assignments, etc. they will be coming to and make sure that is what they want. It helps make both sides of this arrangement more prepared, and overall seems to have helped 'attrition' (if that is the right word...) of travelers. Floating is brought up as an expectation.
BUT!!! NO ONE can force you to take an assignment to perform tasks you are not able to show competency to perform. That seems to be the magic phrase, 'I am not competent in O.B.' or whatever. Do not take assignments on things you are not able to perform until you have training or you could be putting yourself/license at risk! In our hospital, it doesn't mean you won't have to float to that area but your assignment will be in things you CAN do. Example: float to OB you can answer call lights, help pass meds/trays, general assessment, IV"s, do general patient care sort of things. But the OB nurse does the fundus checks, checks to see if the amount of drainage on the pad is normal, etc. It helps them out a lot and does not put the nurse or patient at risk.
Good luck in whatever you decide to do!