Very long post!
I am an ICU RN with 4 years of experience.
I went from full time to PRN at my first hospital to accept a full time position at a hospital much closer to where I live.
itnwas not an ICU position, but a rapid response team position. Which I wanted to try, I am always interested in learning new things
as soon as I began orientation, the covid pandemic began and the hospital switched to a surge schedule. The new rapid unit was put on hold and we were never told. Rather they cut orientation off and threw us into a med surg float pool (again without really notifying us.)
I stated I am not a med surg nurse (I have always struggled with the patient load and work much more efficiently with 2-3 very sick patients.) and I would be happy to stay assist during covid in the ICU, otherwise I would be leaving and staying at my first hospital in the ICU.
they kept putting me in med surg, while the ICU nurses kept saying how they needed help.
then I didn’t even receive a schedule and no one answered my calls.
one day as I was about to call and quit, the ICU director ssaid I can use your help. From that point on I was in the ICU. I got zero orientation and had to teach myself the charting system. Figured policies out by myself. But I stuck it out and roughed through, we all were in the pandemic.
I even contracted covid and only missed three shifts, I kept working at both hospitals
fastforward to now.. I frequently am not given a schedule and I have to make my own. I don’t have an actual supervisor, as I don’t have a unit I belong to. I just am placed in ICU as RN.” I get no info on the unit I originally agreed to work at.
And now the ICU staff is questioning why I am still there, I’m not “part of them.” And the pandemic surge is over.
no one answers my emails. It is like I have slipped through the cracks. I had to call out this Saturday and Sunday for a family emergency. The staffing supervisor said to notify my unit supervisor. I said I didn’t have one.. I tried notifying the ICU supervisor and the woman who hired me. and no reply. I don’t have a schedule yet again.
Looooong post but I have been feeling a strong urge to give an appropriate notice and move on to a more organized and stabilized position in a different hospital. I am not one to quit easily and I feel I have really been out through the ringer here..And maybe if it had been different timing, it would’ve been different experience for me.