Hi, I am a new grad who was hired by a home health agency. They gave me 2 patients to go visit. One was for 2x a week and the other 3x a week. The first patient is in the hospital so I couldnt go see her. When I checked the address of the 2nd patient, he was more than 30 miles from my home so I decided that this job was not for me because the patients are all too far from my home and it just isnt worth it. I called in and left a message saying I would rather not work for them because the patients are too far. They called back and left me a message saying to return the paperwork stating the patients info (which I will do first thing tomorrow) and that what I did was abandon my patients. Can I get in trouble for this?
Apr 20, '10
Quote from ra3583
Can I get in trouble for this?
I sure hope so.
Your actions, by your own description, are ridiculous. While there is nothing wrong with not wanting to work somewhere, to quit in the fashion you did is completely unacceptable. Even if you can win a case against abandonment, your employer would be correct to report you.
Nursing job or not - why would you even consider doing something like this at any job? Have you ever had a job before? Why didn't you just suck it, up, turn in your notice and look for another job?
Last edit by Intern67 on Apr 20, '10
: Reason: grammar
Apr 20, '10
How much notice does a home health nurse need to give to avoid abandonment issues? It's an interesting question. It's even more salient considering how one typically doesn't give notice when quitting a job he or she just started but believes won't work out.
I suspect abandonment in home health would mean a nurse not notifying the agency and just not seeing assigned patients.
Last edit by Multicollinearity on Apr 20, '10