Do I have to respond even though I am not on call???

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    I work as an RN in the Hospice field. my company is getting ready to go through a transition with employees leaving us extremely short handed. We are primarily losing our night staff.

    My question/ concern would be, am I obligated to responding to late night calls if I am not on-call? I am very loyal to my company. But, between my long days and family, waking up at 2am when I’m not on-call is not ideal.

    I hope my question is clear. I don’t want to put myself in a predicament with my employer by refusing unknown late night dispatches. If it helps, I’m in Southern California.

    Thank you all so much


    I would say no. Not unless it was in your contract or job description. That said, California is an “at will” employment state. Any employer can get rid of any employee, without cause.

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    If you’re not scheduled, you are not obligated to respond. It’s the employers responsibility to hire more nurses. You are putting yourself in danger by working too many hours. I’ve been through this and it’s not worth it. You find yourself driving in the middle of the night and very sleepy and endangering others. Too many agencies trying to do without and its putting nurses in danger.


    Thank you both for your responses and insight! Are there any other opinions out there?

    Thank you again!

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