Refusing a case in home care - page 3

I have a question. I have just finished applying at Maxim healthcare and after orientation they wanted me to do a meet and greet with a family. Well, after the meet and greet I knew it wasn't in my... Read More

  1. by   GabsRN18
    You have every right to refuse. Obviously that home is hard to staff which is most likely due to the same reason you refused it. He/she probably made that comment as a 'threat' to guilt you into taking the case. He/she probably felt the fire under his/her butt because the parents threatened to switch agencies if they could not staff them by a certain date.
    Working in PDN for almost 10 yrs I've seen it all which is why I'm trying to get out of it! Bottom line go to another agency so you wont be blackballed for not taking horrible cases that no one wants.
    I would suggest a smaller local company without a lot of recruiters that eats up the money. Maxim wanted to offer me a $5/hr pay cut.
  2. by   MiAmorPickles
    The day after writing this, I got an email from this agency with a list of open jobs for my consideration. So everything worked out as it usually does in life--one way or another.
  3. by   Wlaurie
    I've worked for them before. I had a contact person that would present the case for me. If I had any medical questions I could talk to our nurse coordinator. They tried several times to get me to take case apparently no one wanted and I would politely declined and she was ok with it. Don't know reason you declined. I'll tell you as a fairly new grad I was scared to try some cases but gave it a try and worked out well. Maybe there was some other reason you declined it.
  4. by   caliotter3
    The problem with refusing a case, or cases, for any reason whatsoever, is that the agency will slow down and then stop, offering work to the nurses who are not 'cooperative'. After all this time, wonder how the OP's employment with the "agency of ill repute" has turned out.
  5. by   Alex Egan
    I have never turned down multiple cases rapid fire, but I have turned them down now and again. I haven't noticed a negative reaction from any agency's over the years. I will say otherwise I'm very flexible so they know I play ball. The trick is realizing they won't all be perfect cases. Some are gonna be trouble. Many times I look at the scheduler and say "I'll do it as long as I can or as long as they have me, but you have to make sure I get taken care of when this all goes bad" they usually do.
  6. by   smartnurse1982
    Seems like in the past five years the number of "bad" cases has gone up.

    Anyone else notice this?

    I want to attribute it to the internet and Google in particular.
  7. by   caliotter3
    Quote from smartnurse1982
    Seems like in the past five years the number of "bad" cases has gone up.

    Anyone else notice this?

    I want to attribute it to the internet and Google in particular.
    I have noticed the proliferation of "bad" cases too. I've attributed this to employers realizing the increased power they possess due to the employment situation. Universally, employers will not "fix" poor management decisions but will punish good nurses for refusing to bow to bad practice decisions. After all, the next subpar or new grad nurse is around the corner. That is the attitude portrayed around my area.
  8. by   LilyRN99
    You I have the the right to turn down a case. I can see the agency being annoyed if it is one of the first cases they offered you. But you should only work where you feel comfortable. It's not worth the risk to be in a uncomfortable situation. I've turned down several cases over the years.