So last week was my first week in a new location. When I arrived, I went to the office to sign the typical paperwork. I am an acute dialysis travel nurse. The next day I headed to the hospital for orientation, which lasted 8 hours, as I was about to head home, the office called and said I was credentialed and allowed to be on my own already and told me I had to perform a dialysis treatment that same evening. If you're in dialysis, you know it's the same everywhere, but is this legal to have me on my own on the first day of orientation? Seemed a little excessive, my mind was frazzled, but I took my time and everything went smoothly. I got home after midnight on my first day!
Another strange requirement is that I am scheduled to work 3 days per week. I am required to do 2 treatments a day. Yesterday, (Sunday) I was scheduled to work but there were no patients. I got called in at noon to do a treatment, then got another one late into the evening. I was not getting paid for standby pay in the morning, but starting at 6am until they called me at noon, I had to standby the phone and wait to be sure. I have to do 2 treatments a day, and apparently one can be a 6am, then you can get called back at 6pm to do the other one. The in between time is not paid, but you still have to be ready to go in at any time! This sounds crazy right? I should be getting paid for my standby hours at least.
What should I do as a traveler?