So the facility that I've been at (finishing up my 2nd contract there now) is not the most desirable. Let's just say it's been tolerable. Fine. However, as you all know, travelers don't usually get treated the best and are first to float. Fine. Travelers always usually get the crappiest pt. assignment (No exaggeration, I had 2 swine flu patients, a TB, and a R/O influenza one night last week. These were 4 of the 5 Isolations on the floor - hey, why not give 'em all to the traveler?) This is my first travel assignment and I knew all of this going into it; I've been handling it alright and actually have come to enjoy the my "home" floor and the people I've been working with.
But lately I've been floating all the time, and more frequently, it's been to the "hell hole" of the hospital (aka, the 5th floor). The place NOBODY wants to go. The floor that when the manager tells you they have to send you there, they apologize. I've tried to have a good attitude, but two nights ago was the last straw. Without boring everyone to death with all the horrendous details, the nurses there are just plain VICIOUS. EVIL. Unkind human beings. Nurses who rip you apart and try to throw you under the bus, (while you are doing the very best you can and all patients are safe, clean, and comfortable) all within the first 5 minutes of report, should be tarred and feathered alive. Better yet, they should get OUT of the profession altogether.
I decided right then and there, when this contract is done (7/11), I'm 95% NOT signing on for another. The only way I'll stay on for another 8 weeks is if they put a clause in my contract stating I do not float to the 5th floor (I'll float anywhere else). My recruiter has been assuming all along I would sign on for another, we have even discussed the dates I will need off. She even put my contract online for me to sign. Which I have NOT YET SIGNED. When I spoke to her telling her of the issues I've been having, she was very sympathetic, but basically said I need to call so-and-so and talk to them, then I should call so-and-so, and talk to them and get advice. NO. I'm not calling all around, whining about how horrible this place is. I can't fix a broken system. I can't change rotten nurses' attitudes. I'm telling YOU because YOU are my advocate and if you want ME to sign up again, so that YOU can make money off of me, YOU will help me fix this problem. I shouldn't have to dread going to work -- or decide it's just NOT worth it and instead call off and pay my agency -- so I'm not subjected to the torture of the 5th floor.
Here's the kicker: When I told her I am seriously considering being done after this contract, she said something about me having to pay cancellation fees and we don't want to get into that. I reminded her I'm not obligated to anything after 7/11, that I've not signed my contract and I will not until I am comfortable with my contract. She said "Yeah, but you've verbally committed so we have you contracted with this facility." SO???:icon_roll
Am I wrong that I'm not obligated until I sign?? Any advice??