First let me say that nothing bad happened, but I feel I took a risk at work that I am not willing to take again. I was given my usual assigment at the start of the day. It is a heavy load, but I can deal with it. I was then told that some people "didnt show up" and that I would have to provide total care on some of my patients for a few hours. Again, it's a heavy load, but I can do it "for a few hours" until they get someone in. "someone" never came. Then 4 hours into my shift, I was told that a nurse was leaving sick and that I needed to take two additional patients. "Just until they can get someone in". Again.."someone" never came. Looking back, even though nothing happened, I felt I took a risk. My state nursing law states that I do not have to accept an assignment that I am uncomfortable with, but it does not say what happens if I refuse (like I've seen TX has a clause for what to do).How would you have handled the situation? I do not want to get fired, but I will not accept an assignment like that again..EVER. Should I go to my manager now and express my concerns or wait for it to happen again?