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Hi! I am possibly going to be starting a contract at a hospital that I’ve heard has cancelled contracts — including one of yours, from what I’ve read. Have you ever had your Travel Nursing contract cancelled? What happened?
Thanks for sharing your experience!
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The two contract cancellations I have endured (over two decades of traveling) were simply due to personality differences. Someone with the power to cancel my contract saw that it happened.
On my second canceled contract, they attempted to do it for cause, saying that I administered a med without a doctor’s order. This was because I gave an amp of D50 to a patient with a blood sugar of 63 before taking them to CT scan (I believe their protocol stated that an amp could be given for a blood sugar less than 60).
So, in this instance I went in to the hospital, on my day off, found the resident that was there that night and got the order from him after the fact, and placed it on the chart (he recalled the night as it was a fairly critical patient and we both worked hard to stabilize them … a lot of thanks it got me!
After the order was on the chart I called my company and said there shouldn’t be an issue. Then, the hospital’s stance changed from “having grounds” to “well, we just didn’t feel that David likes it here.” My response was that if I hated it so much, then why had I worked 60 hours the week prior? They, of course, had no answerbut still wanted to dissolve my contract.
The other cancelled contract, now that was purely a situation where the person who ran the unit did not like me. I have NO idea why, but they used my charting as the reason for termination. They said that I was not charting hourly, and took my flowsheet and Xeroxed it one night when I had a busy patient. They showed me a flowsheet with only my first assessment and two sets of vitals (that was Xeroxed at midnight). I then went to the chart and got the completed flowsheet which showed ALL of my charting the whole night (without any missing info). You would have thought that no one there had ever had a critical patient where you had to back-chart information. This one really astounded me, but then again, it wasn’t about making any logical sense; it was about wanting me gone for some reason.
In both instances, my travel company saw through the politics of the situation and had no issue working with me again.
I do believe I heard that this person at the second facility I mentioned did the same thing with several other Travelers and was eventually fired (but certainly not anything I can confirm). I don’t recall the hospital being a bad place to work, but the unit did seem kind of “cliquey” with the core staff assigned to patients on one end of the unit and Travelers and agency on the other end.
I’m not saying it is a bad place to work, I obviously did not have the best experience, but the person creating the issue seems to be gone.
I did like the location and after my termination there, literally within one week, I had an assignment nearby at UCLA: Santa Monica campus, where I stayed for more than a year.
As with any assignment, get an early reputation of being “that helpful new Traveler” and try to lend a hand to anyone you can the first few weeks. Kill ’em with kindness and you’ll win over friends. There will always be troublemakers wherever you go. Sometimes you need to just do your job and fly low on the radar.
If you travel long enough, you will likely encounter a difficult contract. Stay in touch with your recruiter and use them as your resource within the company to try to deal with the hospital.
Bottom line, you should be okay, but have a conversation with the unit director about any concerns. Don’t be afraid to ask how accepting they are of Travelers.
Hope this helps.