Our hospital is smaller than most, and the past three weeks we have had such a low census. I work in the OB department, but low census affects everyone. I am cross-trained to the ER also, so if we are not busy, I "float" there. BUT, it seems that our ER is not even busy these days!!! It is sure to pick up, but when we are called to stay home on call, it doesn't help to pay the bills. I don't use my PTO to make up for hours missed, because I am saving those for my vacation this fall.
Does your hospital compensate you for low-census or is it just on-call pay? (Our on-call pay really bites too!)
I have thought about finding another place of employment but I really like my job and the people I work with. Plus, we are in a small town with not too many options available.
Does this happen to anyone else often?