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I am a newly licensed RN in New York and I am having a dilema. I was recently hired at a nursing home and rehab but things seem strange. they have asked me to volunteer one or two weeks of my... Read More

  1. by   Sweetlillove
    I know I should have know because she kept hinting at me staying long term because she always "helps" someone and they leave on them! I see why now. This has left a very unsettling feeling. In the meantime I am going to restart applying elsewhere.
  2. by   Sweetlillove
    I would lose those weeks of unpaid then and it would not count as experience. How can a place do this to someone and expect to get away with it?
  3. by   RNfaster
    You might try contacting your state's labor board. Alert them of what is going on at this institution. If the institution does not pay you, advise them of that, too.
  4. by   compassionresearcher
    I know it's hard when you feel like there are few alternatives. Don't let feelings of desperation lead you to making bad decisions.

    Is there a nursing professor from your alma mater that you could turn to for advice? Also, does your school have career services for recent graduates?

    Training for free is not a good idea and probably against labor laws. Not to mention, you are representing your profession there. What if this became a trend?
  5. by   meanmaryjean
    Quote from compassionresearcher
    I know it's hard when you feel like there are few alternatives. Don't let feelings of desperation lead you to making bad decisions.

    Is there a nursing professor from your alma mater that you could turn to for advice? Also, does your school have career services for recent graduates?

    Training for free is not a good idea and probably against labor laws. Not to mention, you are representing your profession there. What if this became a trend?
    This is fitting for so many on these boards- the students who enroll in shady for-profit schools to avoid being waitlisted, and on and on and on.....

    Good advice here OP.
  6. by   Wrench Party
    No nurse should ever work for free, unless he/she is specifically volunteering for MSF, the Red Cross, etc.
  7. by   RadiantLynneBSN
    Um...I'm still stuck at the agreement to work for free juncture. Please don't do it, agree to shadow & even assist during a shadow period. 1 day is beyond generous...and 4 hours sufficient. Next you stated: " Also there is no union and they have not even given a salary or benefit package."

    I'm a new RN, BSN grad with first position in Critical Care. I understand the new grad place but that offer is ridiculously insulting in my opinion. Hoping for your career best.
  8. by   Sweetlillove
    I am in a desperate position as most places are requiring bsn and rejecting my application. I am going to refuse yo volunteer, I knew I had a uneasy feeling about it the whole time.
  9. by   TriciaJ
    Quote from Sweetlillove
    I would lose those weeks of unpaid then and it would not count as experience. How can a place do this to someone and expect to get away with it?
    They recruit hungry and naive new grads, that's how. They treat you like an indentured servant while trying to make you feel lucky to have a job. This whole situation is not passing the sniff test.

    As for the friend who recommended you: either she didn't know what she was getting you into (so you should clue her in) or she's not really a friend.
  10. by   Sweetlillove
    I am going to call her tomorrow. I think she knew and was not straight toward. I am going rk give her the benefit of the doubt and speak to her before o speak to HR. I know her only through my uncle and my father is behaving like I will looks like an ingrate. Thank you for the advice!
  11. by   Sweetlillove
    Thank you for all the advice! You guys really solidified my feeling that this was wrong and I should advocate for myself. I am not good at any type of confrontation so any speaking tips/points would be appreciated!
  12. by   BSNbeDONE
    Quote from Sweetlillove
    Thank you for all the advice! You guys really solidified my feeling that this was wrong and I should advocate for myself. I am not good at any type of confrontation so any speaking tips/points would be appreciated!
    No need for confrontation. Simply and respectfully say, "I'm sorry. I just cannot work here or anywhere else for free. I'm no longer a student; I have a valid professional nursing license, and I need a paying job that offers some sort of benefits."

    There are quite a few threads on here discouraging RNs from accepting insulting wages for our education, skills, and knowledge. The world as we know it will cease to exist if you new guys start entering the workforce for free. Of course, this is an over-dramatization.

    But, if you start out working for nothing, you've just shown them that they can offer you next to nothing...benefit and salary-wise; not to mention dealing a huge blow to all that our nursing organizations have fought so hard over the years for. It will take you years to make a decent wage with that company. And, I doubt that any of your future concerns would be taken seriously, if even heard, should you choose to remain with the company.

    Wage-free orientation is NOT the answer to an obvious management/nurse-retention problem.
  13. by   Sweetlillove
    So just say thank you for the opportunity but I cannot work for free or even start without seeing my benefit package?

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