I'm pretty mad at the agency I work for at the moment. Last week, the care home I was working at asked me if I could work Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday this week and I said yes. So, they rang the agency and booked me. Anyway, today, being Monday, I woke up and felt really tired. I was doing things around the house making stupid mistakes, like I took things out of the cupboard, 1 minute later, I am looking for them in the cupboard. I tried to put the margarine lid on the microwave egg poacher. This is how tired I was, my brain wasn't functioning!
So, I rang the agency about 6 hours before the shift and told them I really didn't think I could make it ect and they convinced stupid me to go. However, 2 hours later I rang back and explained that I just could not get in my car and drive 40 minutes, my mind wasn't thinking straight. They did the big "ugh" over the phone.
Anyway, I also had a job interview this morning for a job at a local hospital. 10 minutes away from home. I was pretty tired but think it was okey, however, on the way home I went straight though a stop sign and missed another car by centimetres. I shouldn't have been on the road.
Then an hour later, when I got home from the interview, they rang me back to beg me to go and said "can't you have a sleep now" and I told them the problem was that I was so overtired, I couldn't sleep. They kept saying how they had no one to fill the shift ect.
The thing is, as the RN in the care home I do the medications. If I had forced myself to drive down, it's 45 minutes drive, and by the luck of god made it alive, I probably would have made some horrible drug error.
Do the agencies realise that safety is an issue? Although I did say I would do the shifts on Friday last week and the manager at the care home changed someones roster as I could only do the late (due to the job interview) I didn't know back then I would be so tired. They made me feel really really bad and I have a shift at this care home Tuesday and Wednesday and feel awful about today
Of course, when the agency cancels, it's a different story. A quick 2 second phone call and that's it.
I so hope I get this job. I'm seriously fed up with agency now.