Being mandated or floated.
This section is in here because I literally
had no idea that these things could happen
until they happened to me. And I was like,
And I cried. Which that's not going to
As we continue through this, I tend to cry a
So in some jobs, not all, you can be
And what that basically means is they don't
have enough staff for the next shift, and
they can literally make you stay over,
usually for like 4 hours.
Technically, they say that you can't be
mandated in, or they say that you have to be
mandated in if they call you in.
But just don't answer your phone, friends.
Just pro tip there.
And when you get mandated, it can be at the
end of a 12.
So, think you just spent 12 and a half hour
shift that is now going to become a 16 and a
half hour shift.
It's not fun. And hopefully this doesn't
happen often on a well managed and staffed
unit. And most places have caps for how many
times you can be mandated during a certain
like pay period.
But just be aware that if you work inpatient
this is a
thing, and it's not fun.
Ask about it honestly in your interviews and
if they get mad about it in the interview, it
probably means that it is a problem on their
unit, making it a touchy spot and I would
maybe just avoid that job.
Now being floated is when your unit is on has
a low level of patients, has
a low census as they'll call it, and other
units, they don't have that problem.
They need your help. So you will go into
work, and it will be like, Hey, we don't need
you here. Go to this other unit instead.
And it's just, it's disorienting, but it's
honestly, it's not the end of the world, but
it just kind of it's shocking if you're a
creature of habit like me, and you are not
used to the routine, and you didn't even
know that this could happen to you.
Enough of that section.
Let's move on to our next module where we
discuss one of the questions I get asked the
most, which is, is this a good career for my
Will this be a good fit?
What are your thoughts?