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tired of being pulled at work!!!!


Specializes in PACU.

hey yall, its been a while but i know where to come for help! i love my job (cna at hospital), especially working on the floor that i was hired for ( post-op ortho)but i hae getting pulled and this has been the case for about three weeks now. i kinda undersand when the census is low on the floor, but thats not the case always, and it seems like i am the only staff person on my floor that gets pulled. when i come in i look at the staffing sheet and everyone is usually staffed there except for me! i am tired of i!!! i wasthinking of telling the nursing office to cancel my shift is i am no needed on my floor, or i was thinking of oing to work in the pool, because at leat i can work when i want. i just dont know what to do, i used to love going to work becaue i knew i would be on my floor with people i am familar with, and i know the routine, but now when i think about work, i think where are they gonna pull me now???? i really feel mistreated and abused and i wanna stand up for myself but i know that i will be just be fightin "hospital politics" .... please help someone :o


Specializes in M/S, Onc, PCU, ER, ICU, Nsg Sup., Neuro.

Talk to your nurse manager and/or director about being the only pulled all the time. I work in an ER and when our census drops our techs get pulled to floors sometimes. What we do in our dept and in our CDU is to have a "Pull Book", this will keep track of who was pulled and when so that everyone get their fair share of being pulled. Going pool will not stop you from being either, most units when someone is pulled will hit the pool staff first. Just a suggestion............ flaerman

VivaLasViejas, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC, assisted living, med-surg, psych. Has 20 years experience.

May I suggest that you try looking at being pulled to different departments as a learning opportunity? Personally, I've always loved to float.....it keeps me from getting bored and forces me to learn new skills, which makes me not only more valuable to my employer but more marketable should I ever decide to go elsewhere. Even as a CNA, I floated a lot, and that helped me immeasurably when I graduated from nursing school and came back to that hospital as an RN.

Just my $0.02 worth. :)

Unfortunately pulling/floating is something nurses put up with too, as well as CNA's. Trouble with CNA work is it is seen as fairly generic and most facilities insist their aides float as needed. when I was a tech/CNA during nursing school, I was expected to go everywhere and I just did the best I could. When I was a supervisor our CNA's were expected to be flexible. So..you can try to put your foot down but realize it may not work out the way you want. Good luck.

I can feel your frustration. I am a RN and I absolutely hate being pulled to a different floor. Some people enjoy the challenge, I don't. I love the area where I work and am comfortable with it. Work can be difficult enough, why do people have to make it harder? I agree with the other responses, though. Talk to your nurse manager and explain how you feel. Tell her you just love the ortho floor and don't mind being pulled once in awhile, but you think it would only be fair to have the other CNAs rotate. If they can't work with you, I would sign up for the float pool. At least you will have a say with your hours. Good Luck!


Specializes in PACU.

thanks alll! i have decided to just deal with it.... dont want to but i am a cna on every floor that i float to and afterall i love my job and that doesnt change no matter where i float, i just hate leaving my comfort zone. i however will go pool in the future becuase i am gonna need the flexibility. bye now:)

I like being floated to different wards. I go to work to work. When I was younger, yeah, I probably would have objected to being pulled, but that was the old me. The old me would finish passing out meds/treatment and bs at the nurses station.

There are three ways to look at it. #1. You're an easy target because you dont complain as much as the others would. #2. You are seen as an employee who they can count on/trust to pitch in when they need someone. (this is a good thing). #3. You have upset someone in charge and they are retalliating against you (lets hope not). Talk with your nurse manager and find out which one it is...this will determine which route to take.


Specializes in ccu cardiovascular. Has 12 years experience.

i work per diem with full time hours. I get paid very well but i'm always the first one to get pulled. I love working on my sdu but i have friends on every unit, so when i ever have a question or problem i always have a buddy on the other end of the line. Whenever i go to another unit i don't whine(they don't want to hear how you rather be somewher else) not matter how long you've been in nursing there is always more to learn. :)


Specializes in PACU.

assumptions, assumptions, are evil!

As a new RN I had to float to areas where I wasn't all that confident or at home. The problem was they expected you to be familar with their unit as soon as you got there. I felt like a fish out of water and was afraid I was going to do something to hurt someone. I've worked in private duty and I know there's some similairity but you only have 1 person in a new environment and that was fine. Maybe floating wouldn't have been so bad if I hadn't been so new,

Today floating is a problem, in my experience, because you will likely get dumped on. If good policies are in place and good peole who won't do this, is need NOT be a problem....but things being as they are...no, I don't like floating either. Specially as a nurse if I don't know the unit or staff. Too much liability. Remember OP as a CNA you have little liability...you are working under the nurses' licenses. I know this doesn't speak to to your discomfort and I can definitely relate to that.(((HUGS)))

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