If you are asked to move from your normal role
Your employer can usually request that you work somewhere other than your normal environment as a temporary measure, but they must be sure about your competence level.
If you are asked to move you should consider the following:
- Your environment - Do you know where to find important equipment, the location of fire exits, etc.?
- Your patients - What level of care will you be expected to give? Do you have any experience with this type of patient? If not, you should only be required to deliver the basic fundamentals of care.
- Work – What will you be doing? Who will be your point of contact for any queries? Who else will you be working with?
If you do not feel competent to work in this area you should speak to your manager. If this does not resolve the situation, please document your concerns and call us.
It may be unreasonable to refuse the move if your employer has provided sufficient training and support, and the contract of employment permits the move. However, it would be reasonable to refuse if you are being asked to work in areas where you could be putting patients and your registration at risk.
If you are a registered nurse you must ensure you follow the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Code at all times which states that you must recognise and work within the limits of your competence. You must speak out if the move may undermine your ability to follow The Code.
There is no mutuality of obligation in a Bank arrangement – each placement is individual and you can choose whether to accept or not.
If you have accepted a bank shift and you are asked to move then there needs to be a discussion about whether or not you are willing to change the agreement that was originally made. You need to be happy that you are competent to work in the other area. The same considerations apply regarding your environment, your patients and your work (see above).
Your bank contract may contain a clause stating that you could be disciplined if you refuse to move however you can refuse to move if you have reasonable grounds. You should discuss these concerns immediately and document them to prevent any future action being taken against you.