Can a hospital cut my assignment short due to a low census? What happens in that situation?

Can a hospital cut my assignment short due to a low census? What happens in that situation?
February 14, 2020 09:09 AM (GMT-04:00)
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Hank’s Response:

When census is low in the hospital because patients are not in need of care, the facility needs to make decisions related to staffing and projected needs in the future. Keep in mind the entire reason the facility extended an offer to you is to ensure proper staffing levels to meet the needs of patients.

In the state of Florida, we know that our census will peak in the winter months because we will have many tourist and “snowbirds” coming to the state. However, come spring many will return home for the season. It is in situations like this we plan to utilize additional staff to meet the needs of anticipated census.

However, because it is only an educated guess, sometimes we don’t maintain census at the level we thought it would be. Then decisions need to be made for staffing reductions.

When these things happen, several options exist for the facility. One is to float you to another unit that has a higher demand and a need for your services. This allows you to stay in the same location and still work at this site.

Another option is to look at sister facilities to see what needs are open that you could fill.  This, again, allows you to stay in the area to finish the assignment.

The final option is to look at relocating you to another assignment in the area or at a different location. We will do our best to work with you and the facility to work out the best option for both of you.

Low census is a rare occurrence in the travel nurse world. Keep in mind they have invested a lot of time and money in you to come to this location and the facility wants to ensure it is a good experience for both you and them.

Finally, at any time you have an issue, please, reach out to your recruiter to discuss your concerns and we are always happy to assist you in any way we can!

Keep those questions coming my way! I look forward to more questions from our nurses. Our goal is to make you successful. Please submit your questions here.

Until then always remember Florence Nightingale’s words, “I attribute my success to this - I never gave or took any excuse.”

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