I read your message regarding having to float and do agency
work. Your agency should have backed you up, but unfortunely
the shortage is so bad that I have found that no one seems to
care as long as they have a "warm body". I have icu/ccu/tele/pacu experiance, so imagine my susprise when I was floated to an orthro/medsurg floor with 8-12 patients!
I got lucky and a very understanding NA
taught me the ropes quickly. I was frightened for my patients as
well as myself. No amount of protesting mattered, I was stuck.
The hospital was a small one and there was no one to replace me
and I was informed that if I left that I was abandoning my pts.
So I stayed and treaded water for 8 hours. This is not the only
time this has happened and I fear it will not be the last. I no longer work at this facility, but they still practice this. If you're
a RN you can be fair game. I try to learn as much as I can when
I'm in a sticky situation and enlist help from anyone I can.
Sorry you had to go thourgh that and I pray it doesn't happen
again. Try to learn as much as possible and if you don't already
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By the way, I've been a RN for 11 years and live in
the eastern US. I'll be starting my first travel assignment soon,
so pray for me.