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Unwanted transition

I have been a nurse for over five years, working in office settings. I've had my share of tough workplace experiences to say the least. Finally about 1.5 months ago I was hired at a corporate sports medicine/ orthopedic practice, and placed with a really awesome doctor, our personalities have jived so well and I have enjoyed going to work every day. We have become an excellent team, and all of my coworkers see it.

Only issue -- his nurse that he had before me, has been on medical leave and she is returning. And I was just told this yesterday and now tomorrow is my last day working with him. He is just as upset as I am! We both tried going to the higher ups and asking for me to stay but they said they didn't want to ruffle any feathers with the returning employee. The doctor even said he wishes I could be his full time nurse.

I am actually quite heart broken. Finally after over 5 years I felt I found my niche. I have been so happy and it's been showing in my private life as well.

they now assigned me to work with a new pain management doctor, to say the least I am not excited. Pain management really isn't something I'm interested in working, plus I will have to travel further for work.

Any ideas? Support?

You never know, maybe pain management will be just fine.

As an agency nurse, unfortunately, you have to move around. And it does stink that once you found your niche, it has to change.

Network with this MD in case anything changes in his practice and he needs another nurse, full time for him as opposed to an agency nurse. Perhaps his practice will be such that he could use 2 nurses. Perhaps he will need his own nurse to round with at the hospital. You never know.

You have worked for 5 years as a nurse, and I am sure take pride in your practice and professional reputation. Don't let your disappointment in having to leave the job cloud your practice going forward.

Best wishes!

Wow, I'm on FMLA recovering from an accident. I'm disappointed that you all were trying to get around that. My manager had to hire an agency nurse to cover my shifts. Can you imagine how it would be for this gal to be bumped out of her job because you hit it off do well with the doc?

No need to be on the defensive end emergent. Not saying she should be jobless. She could work with pain management just as easily as I couls :) I'm looking for support here. Geez.

And thanks so much jade, that was really a nice message.

roser13, ASN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, Ortho, ASC.

You never know, maybe pain management will be just fine.

As an agency nurse, unfortunately, you have to move around. And it does stink that once you found your niche, it has to change.

Network with this MD in case anything changes in his practice and he needs another nurse, full time for him as opposed to an agency nurse. Perhaps his practice will be such that he could use 2 nurses. Perhaps he will need his own nurse to round with at the hospital. You never know.

You have worked for 5 years as a nurse, and I am sure take pride in your practice and professional reputation. Don't let your disappointment in having to leave the job cloud your practice going forward.

Best wishes!

Jadelpn, I don't see where OP is an agency nurse?? She said that she was hired by the orthopedic practice.

OP, I feel bad for you. I'm wondering if you were hired with the knowledge that this position was temporary? Did you know you were replacing someone on leave?

I'm guessing that your MD must be an employed physician within a large system since he apparently does not have the last say over who works with him.

And Emergent, while it is true that an employee on FMLA must have a position held for him/her, it is not true that the EXACT same position be held.

No need to be on the defensive end emergent. Not saying she should be jobless. She could work with pain management just as easily as I couls :) I'm looking for support here. Geez.

When you post here, you open yourself up to various opinions. I'm entitled to give mine. I think management made the correct decision.

Can my employer move me to a different job when I return from FMLA leave?

On return from FMLA leave (whether after a block of leave or an instance of intermittent leave), the FMLA requires that the employer return the employee to the same job, or one that is nearly identical (equivalent).

If not returned to the same job, a nearly identical job must:

offer the same shift or general work schedule, and be at a geographically proximate worksite (i.e., one that does not involve a significant increase in commuting time or distance);

involve the same or substantially similar duties, responsibilities, and status;

include the same general level of skill, effort, responsibility and authority;

offer identical pay, including equivalent premium pay, overtime and bonus opportunities, profit-sharing, or other payments, and any unconditional pay increases that occurred during FMLA leave; and

offer identical benefits (such as life insurance, health insurance, disability insurance, sick leave, vacation, educational benefits, pensions, etc.).

Can my employer move me to a different job when I return from FMLA leave?

FlyingScot, RN

Specializes in Peds/Neo CCT,Flight, ER, Hem/Onc.

And Emergent, while it is true that an employee on FMLA must have a position held for him/her, it is not true that the EXACT same position be held.

I could understand that if the original nurse had been gone for like 6 months but for the love of all things holy she was only gone for 6 weeks!!!!!

While I feel bad for the OP (having recently been ripped from a job I loved and held for 7 YEARS) but I think making the returning nurse change jobs to keep a temp nurse happy is really pushing it.

roser13, ASN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, Ortho, ASC.

I could understand that if the original nurse had been gone for like 6 months but for the love of all things holy she was only gone for 6 weeks!!!!!

While I feel bad for the OP (having recently been ripped from a job I loved and held for 7 YEARS) but I think making the returning nurse change jobs to keep a temp nurse happy is really pushing it.

According to the OP, the MD also requested that she stay on his service. It wasn't just a matter of keeping the nurse happy.

I actually never met this individual, they have been out for 3 months.

It was just a temporary position, However fellow workers, and managers & doctors have been telling me that for the last 3 wks I'll most likely stay. The CEO had the final decision, of course.

Thank you all for replying to my post.

emergent I hope you heal ok from your accident and I wish you well.

If you do get moved, bring your enthusiastic team oriented style with you and build another great relationship. Automatic chemistry is wonderful to just slide into but it's not the only way to make a good team. Glass full speaking, maybe the next provider is craving better work relationships as well, or needs help making them.

Also profusely glass half full, maybe think of the pain patients as the ones your wonderful doc wasn't able to help.

This is a no win for everyone involved. The OP, the doctor, and the returning nurse. Imagine coming back to a job and finding out the doctor prefers that someone else was there. And the returning nurse will find out I am sure. I feel bad for her.

A favorite saying of mine is "BLOOM WHERE YOU'RE PLANTED.

So you are not happy with your transition. Try and make it your happy place. Plenty of us have worked jobs we were not enamoured with. I have I know. I took the attitude of making the best of it while keeping an eye out for something better.

Attitude is everything. You will wind up where you are most wanted/needed and eventually may love it.

Bloom where you are planted.

A favorite saying of mine is "BLOOM WHERE YOU'RE PLANTED".

I really like that! It's my philosophy, I just never had a cute saying for it until right now.

She is not being defensive. She is saying how the other side feels, how it works. You shouldn't be able to bump another employee with regular status, who is returning----when you are brand new. Seniority has to count for something. I am glad they are honoring their commitment to the regular employee's place in the office, myself. It speaks volumes to me. More should be this way.

No need to be on the defensive end emergent. Not saying she should be jobless. She could work with pain management just as easily as I couls :) I'm looking for support here. Geez.

Edited by SmilingBluEyes

Jules A, MSN

Specializes in Family Nurse Practitioner.

I can see both sides but I would be hesitant to decide this is the ultimate team after only 90 days together. Like others have said I hope the new position opens up another interesting opportunity for you and if not find a job that you do enjoy.

To be perfectly honest in my experience if a physician wants someone on their team and are willing to give push back when told no by administration it usually happens.

Yeah, I'm really not trying to make a big stink about it. Im happy & grateful I have a job.

Thanks again for those who have offered words of encouragement to me in my new position.

I'll just have to wait and see how things pan out.

I do wish you the very best, and hope you either are able to stay on, or find another wonderful position that is satisfactory to you.

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