In this situation, our company would need to step in and discuss with the facility the terms on the contract that were agreed upon. The initial contract states that there is a limit to where Nurse Floating Flo will be floated. We need to make sure that they are adhering to those terms and determine how we can all keep to the initial agreement so that all parties are able to work the assignment as discussed.
The first question that I would ask is, at what capacity are they going to be utilizing this labor and delivery RN. Is she is going to be assisting and functioning as a CNA or tech? This, although not ideal, would be agreeable. Or, is the intention to have her take a patient assignment? This nurse is not trained to take on a patient assignment in the NICU and this would not be safe for the patient and would put the nurses license at risk.
I would at that time contact our housing department and make them aware of the state of the unit. The housing department would then get in touch with the property manager and notify them of the bugs and the mold. If needed, we would find a suitable hotel for the nurse to stay overnight until the situation is corrected or she is moved to a different unit.
I would need to notify the facility that she is going to be unable to work for a 2 week time period and see if they are willing to allow her that time and we could extend her contract 2 weeks to make up for her missed shifts. However, considering this particular situation, it seems that Nurse Asthmatic may continue to have issues with her health in this location. Therefore, I would most likely recommend that we discuss with the facility and Nurse Asthmatic a way to end the contract early due to unforeseen circumstances in an agreeable manner and quickly work on locating a new contract in an area better suited for her health.
I would immediately contact Nurse Roulette and let her know what is going on. Next I would determine if the contract between the hospital and our company is, in fact, going to be approved within the week and will it be possible for her to work there? If not, then we would assess other needs in the Las Vegas area and work very quickly to get an interview and offer.
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