Hi, I was thinking to post this on the general discussion board too, but thought to get some insider input first!
I got my new position in OB!! Yea! It was offered as a FULL TIME OB position, NIGHT SHIFT. Which is great! BUT, the problem lies in this:
1. I WAS working a weekend package on Med-Surg and the next 6 week schedule has me STILL on the MED-SURG schedule for the weekends I am OFF on OB!!!
2. The weekend I DO get to be "off", I am scheduled on Friday night, 6p to 6:30 a.m. on Saturday. What kind of weekend is that?
3. When we are not busy in OB (small hospital) I am supposed to "float" to Med- Surg, either taking a load of patients (7-8 of them) OR work as a nurses assistant!! Would YOU object???
I guess I really want to be in OB only and if the census is low, I would take the night off, and be on call just in case. I want to approach my supervisor in the right way, I DO NOT want her to get the impression that I am ungrateful or being hard to please!! Any suggestions???
Feb 3, '03
Please see my reply to you in the General Nursing Forum. Short answer is YES you will be expected to float, if you are not a "closed unit" on OB. It's feast or famine in the way of census/work load to you will have to get used to the hospital wanting to use your skills in the other areas when OB is slow. NEVER MIND they seldom reciprocate it for us...anyhow. Pls see my answer on the other side as to what you can to do make sure it's fair when they come to floating staff members around.
Before I forget, You need to address the weekend scheduling problem with your new manager and the manager of the med-surg unit. It sounds lousy to me and I would do all I could to change it. Orienting to OB will keep you BUSY for a good while, so try to concentrate on that and ask NOT to be floated while on orientation, if at all possible. Good luck and welcome to OB.
Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Feb 3, '03