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In a large metropolitan area, Nurse Floating Flo contracts to float between three hospitals within a 10 mile radius of her housing. Starting in the 6th week, the company ask her to float to a hospital 15 miles away, the 7th week she goes to one on the other side of the city, that is 30 miles away, plus one that is 17 miles away. The nurse is willing to take the first few, but after the behavior continues, she has had enough and voices this to her recruiter.
I would have the AM reach out to the vendor/hospital that this is not what we agreed to in the contract. Thank my nurse for helping them out, but that they need to only be sending her to hospitals within the 10 miles. She no longer will travel farther.
Baby Nurse Betty is a skilled labor and delivery nurse, who also can float to post-pardum care after the delivery as well as the well-newborn nursery. At 7:30pm, the staffing company hotline gets a call stating that they want her to float to the NICU, which is beyond her competency level. What is your company’s response?
She has no experience in the NICU, and we don't want her to put her license at risk.
Nurse Roach is all excited about her first travel nursing assignment. She drives 750 miles to her new assignment housing. After getting the keys from management, she opens the door and three cockroaches scurry across the floor. After further investigation, she also finds a ring of mold in the shower. She can’t stand it and immediately texts you with pictures. How do you respond?
We get her out of there. Contact the housing dept after hours phone if needed, and get her into a hotel/motel until we can find a new housing option. We normally like to set them up in our housing for a day or two so that they can view the property before paying any deposits.
You have worked with Nurse Asthmatic for 3 years now and she has done a great job for you, when she takes an assignment in Southeast Colorado. She envisions magic mountains that reach to the sky, only to find that she has landed in wheat country. Not wanting to cause problems she continues to work and everything is fine, until harvest. She has an asthma attack, ends up in the hospital, and is told that she is going to miss at least 2 weeks of work related to asthma induced pneumonia. How do you work things out?
I would have her call her manager right away and try and put in a two week notice and state what is going on. Don't want her to put her health at risk, but also try and help the facility out if at all possible.
You have worked hard to find Nurse Roulette a job in Las Vegas. You send the nurse a contract that she readily accepts, signs, and sends back. The next morning the bags are packed and Nurse Roulette is on the way to the assignment of her dreams. At 0800 she is out the door and to the hospital. Checking in with HR, they inform her that there is no contract between the hospital and the company, related to the fact that it has not been approved by HR. About the same time, the recruiting manager comes to you and tells you not to send Nurse Roulette on the assignment. This shouldn’t have happened, but unfortunately it does happen. What do you do?
I am not sure how this would happen. I would call my nurse right away and let her know whats going on. Start looking into new options for her and try and find something right away.
What would you like travel nurses to know about being a great traveling nurse and making your job easier?
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Always try and be flexible. You're there to help fill the need of a staff member that is out for a period of time.