getting called off a lot....

  1. Well, for those of you who've read a few of my other posts, you know I got a new job as a medtech at the local hospital. The problem is the 2 out of the last 3 days I've been called off due to low census, I guess. They say ALL the techs are on call. I don't know if it's just the holidays or budget issues, but I feel like i'm going to forget the routine by the time I make it back to work.
    I'm really thinking that if I end up getting called off any more in the next 2 weeks, it might be time to go find a job at a LTC or something similar...although I'm going to try to stick it out until my student loan comes in and then figure things out from there. Anybody else have to deal with the low census issue? cause it's driving me crazy...(although, I guess it's a good thing people are healthy enough to not go to hospital).
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  3. by   Tweety
    It might be a seasonal downturn in low census. It happens every year this time where I work (of course I'd love to be called off myself).

    Check with your coworkers the next time you work and see if this isn't the case.

    Good luck.
  4. by   moongirl
    Hey Lorenzo, cheer up, its dang near pneumonia/bronchitis/rsv season
  5. by   EricJRN
    Do they give you the option to float to a similar unit when that happens? That's one way that some of our nurses avoid losing the hours. As Tweety highlights though, sometimes it's not bad to have a break.
  6. by   marilynmom
    I would imagine this is very common in a lot of hospitals. It is in mine. I'm a nurse tech and I am in the student flex team so we will get called off in the census is low, same with anyone else in any of the float pools (RNs, etc).

    For me it is fine. I don't mind getting called
  7. by   locolorenzo22
    I normally don't either, just as long as I can pay bills, ya know? I imagine that is probably the case with holidays/low surgery schedules/plus we're down 6 rooms that just got remodeled, etc. I imagine things will pick up here and I'll just have to tough it out.
    On the plus side, I have more time to work out and free health insurance, eh? Might be a good idea to trim some expenses here and there.