“Any tips for receiving more desired assignments at work instead of unwanted assignments?
At my workplace, we have gone through many adjustments, including a change in leadership. .....
Lately, due to low census, my duties change from day to day. Because many staff have left, there have been gaps in certain roles to be fulfilled,such as infection control, riskmanagement, chart auditor and admissions coordinator. What is confusing is that every time I am approached about possibly taking on these roles and I enthusiastically volunteer, they are always delegated to someone else.
Meanwhile, I have consistently expressed disinterest in assisting with COVID patients and that task has been delegated to me three times now ...”
I’m sorry things are in such flux for you at the moment.
LTC nurses are rock stars, as I would not last 1 hour with your regular patient load. 🌟
Also, looks like your facility is to be commended if your residents are not being hit hard with the virus. Kudos!! Strong work going on there!
Now, to the issue.
Not getting the assignment you want?
Getting what you specifically detailed you did not want (and 3 times 👻)?
Sounds like evil management or could just be you’ve had 3 shifts working with not-so sick post COVID or otherwise exposed patients. You note plenty of PPE No undue risk, you just don’t enjoy doing it.
Could be worse, right?
My advice —
Go in to work ready to do what is asked of you with a smile and a can-do, must-do attitude! You’ll be noticed. Trust me on this. Go above and beyond. Be the “go to” “get it done” nurse and that label will stick like glue. And do it with a smile. Never stop improving your clinical and administrative practice. That gets you noticed. Songs will be written about you and the parent company will buy you a puppy. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a little.
However, if this assignment issue is a minor annoyance vs something else — only you know. The “jobs” you expressed interest in are all mostly true admin spots and since I don’t know if you have the training to do these “requested” jobs independently or if someone else may be better suited, it’s hard to know if there’s any real issue. It may also be that you are a better clinician and better suited for the role you are being utilized in.
Executive admin can have a tough job in the landscape of a rapidly changing facility. If I had that role, I’d want my best clinician caring for patients that have a disease process that could present with sudden decline and I’d let the other admin issues related to admissions, chart audits, infection control admin, risk mgmt (all these purely oversight activities could be in the administrator’s overview as well) sort themselves out as things evolved and stabilized at my facility. My position would be focused on having the best staff available to provide excellent clinical care for our patients/residents — that must come first.
If the job and assignment becomes something that you cannot do or are unwilling to do for any reason — it’s really okay to move on.
I always look at any job like this: I was looking for a job when I found “this one” and should it get unbearable or violate my safety, that has always been my signal it’s time for an honest gut check on if it’s time to go.
Good Luck 🍀