Workload fair or no?

by MissRN2394 MissRN2394, BSN (New) New

Has 6 years experience.

For the past 4 months I have been working in a fast paced, but smallish cardiac office. I am the only nurse in this office which isn't the problem. I knew this would be the case when I interviewed. In short my duties include triaging LOTS of phone calls, medication refills, coumadin management, and rooming patients for doctors. The problem is we have a sister office in a different city and they only have a part time nurse there 3 days a week. The other two days I am alone managing all the nursing duties for both offices. When interviewing for this job I was told I'd be covering for when the other nurse was out of her office, but did not know that it would be every week. IDK if it is just me, but the workload is quite overwhelming. I was wondering if this is a typical set up for other offices? Does this sound fair? Before this I was working in the hospital so this area of nursing it still a little unfamiliar to me. 



Specializes in Occupational Health Nursing. Has 4 years experience. 102 Posts

This is unfair but their rebuttal with you is that they gave you a heads-up about your duties and responsibilities. This happened to be before when I was working as a company nurse. Aside from nursing duties, I also help in the HR when they are swamped in hiring (which happens all the time), all that is involved in the hiring process. But when I reached out to my supervisor which is the HR supervisor, she mentioned that on my contract there is a phrase "Whenever needed" something like that, so I resigned.

klone, MSN, RN

Specializes in OB-Gyn/Primary Care/Ambulatory Leadership. Has 16 years experience. 14,293 Posts

Whether it's fair or not is irrelevant. This is how it's set up. Only you can decide if it's a reasonable workload for you or not. 

kbrn2002, ADN, RN

Specializes in Geriatrics, Dialysis. Has 20 years experience. 3,659 Posts

This is definitely  a case of not asking the right questions during the interview process.  They did tell you before you were hired that you would be covering the other office, you really should have asked then exactly what that entailed. But telling you the obvious that hindsight is 20/20 isn't real helpful so I do apologize for that. 

At this point all you can really do is decide for yourself if the required workload is too much and if it is either try to renegotiate for enough compensation to make it worthwhile or start looking for other opportunities.

Honestly though I give you a pretty poor chance of successfully negotiating for increased compensation since you agreed to covering the sister office at the offered wage/benefit package prior to starting.

I could however see you asking for at least increased travel pay,  gas reimbursement or both since the sister office is in another city.  The argument that increased fuel costs are negatively affecting your pay is a real one and a legitimate reason to either renegotiate at least that part of your compensation package or use their refusal to do so as a good reason to leave without blaming your exit on a workload that is tougher than you expected even though you agreed to it when hired. 


MissRN2394, BSN

Has 6 years experience. 7 Posts

Thank you for all of your responses. It is helpful to have a different perspective. I definitely should have asked more questions during the interview process and gotten a better idea of the work I would be doing. I assumed what my job would entail and it bit me in the butt. I have applied to some other nursing positions. Wish me luck. 🙂