My unit (a small labor & delivery) was just informed last week that now we will have to start taking call for third person assist in our csection cases in addition to low census call. We will be on call from 1500-0700, holidays and weekends.
These on call hours are in addition to the hours we are already scheduled. We are very upset about this and I guess I just want to know if we are making a bigger deal out of this than we should be. What can we do to protest this, if anything? We have meeting with our CNO on Friday.
None of our staff (we have 12RNs) are trained circulating or first assisting in OR, and although I realize that many L&D units do their own sections, we just aren’t prepared for that. Can we be MADE to take these extra call hours in addition to what we have been hired for?
I think it all depends on the original contract you signed. Is taking call in your job description at all? Furthermore don’t forget that there is strength in numbers. Do you think that your employer would just fire all of you if you refused? Contact your local Board of Labor and see if this is legal. But I would definitely discuss the situation with your CNO. It’s sad that they are trying to save money but cutting corners with staffing. Nursing is not the place to be cutting corners, there are lives on the line.
If you’ve not been trained to circulate, that sounds like a patient safety issue. You could try to argue that, and take it above their heads.
Thanks for the replies, it’s nice to hear opinions. We have several nurses that plan to quit if this really happens. I have a feeling that upper management won’t budge on this. :/
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