Will you work during a Pandemic? - page 3

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  1. by   SuesquatchRN
    For those thinking that individuals prepare, what the heck can we do? I got my annual flu shot, I already avoid crowds because I live in Chicken Fart, NY, and we have canned goods in.

    Seriously. If a plague comes, what the heck can you do to not get it?
  2. by   ElvishDNP
    Chicken Fart. That's good, Sue!

    If it happened tomorrow, Arwen's butt would be firmly planted right inside her home. I'd have no desire to be apart from my family in the midst of such a disaster.

    I do not and would not trust the current gov't to 'take care of me'. Heck, they couldn't get a quarter million people out of NO after Katrina. People that wanted to be rescued, who were waving flags, banners and such. You think I'd trust them to meet my and my family's needs and those of every other health care worker out there?
  3. by   SICU Queen
    Quote from canoehead
    "taken care of" with no PPE or meds available? What are they referring to when they say that? Probably a ride to and from and meals on duty, but not much more. Yes, I think I would go in anyway, but I'd be pretty realistic about not expecting any thanks or recognition. I haven't heard of any of the nurses that stayed during Katrina getting anything special, and I often wonder if they were paid for that last week or so. Anyone know?
    I don't know about any of the other New Orleans area hospitals, but I DO know that Tulane (an HCA facility) not only paid its employees for their Katrina time, they also paid every single employee a full paycheck through the end of 2005. I wasn't able to return to work until October 2005 - I never missed a paycheck. HCA was very good to us in that regard.

    As to working during a pandemic, I'm still undecided on that one. My primary concern is for my family.
  4. by   GadgetRN71
    Nope..If there's enough PPE to go around, maybe. But at the end of the day, my family is the most important to me. As much as I enjoy being a nurse, I'm not ready to martyr myself for my job.
    Last edit by GadgetRN71 on Oct 30, '07
  5. by   GadgetRN71
    Quote from MedicalLPN
    Yeah I'd work, but then again I don't have children. I can certainly understand parents not coming in so they can take care of their kids, and since i'm the only nurse on my unit without kids I guess I'll be the only one working lol
    I don't have children either, but I don't think I should sacrifice myself because I don't happen to have kids at this point. Should this flu thing happen, I'll be in hiding with my family and will be looking out for them.
  6. by   gonzo1
    Unfortunately, by the time authorities realize that we have a pandemic on our hands most of us will have already been exposed to it due to our jobs, esp ER staff. So, if I am still alive I might go in depending on what the situation was. I am no martyre however. The powers that be have known of this threat for a long time and done very little to manage it. I won't die for their sloppiness.
  7. by   indigo girl
    I hope that that the CDC and HHS are noting the responses in this thread.

    The public will assume that nurses are going to be working.

    The govt assumes this also.

    Homeland Security, are you reading this?

    When will you sit down and talk with us? We are not just statistics.
    We are real individual people with families that depend on us.
  8. by   NRSKarenRN
    As part of our homecare agency disaster planing, we are scheduling a drill in December based on flu pandemic. Part of drill is to survey staff to see # staff with family responsibilities preventing them from coming to work..... I expect some interesting response. Billing staff can always be pulled to answer phones in my dept I stated.

    Big push for flu vaccine....need to sign form if declining---shows agency offered.
  9. by   EmmaG
    Quote from indigo girl
    I hope that that the CDC and HHS are noting the responses in this thread.

    The public will assume that nurses are going to be working.

    The govt assumes this also.

    Homeland Security, are you reading this?

    When will you sit down and talk with us? We are not just statistics.
    We are real individual people with families that depend on us.
    Excellent post. You nailed it.

    When we have administrators who consider us little more than chattel, working us under impossible conditions until we're ready to drop... and "customers" who refuse to see us as human beings... how can we expect the government and public to view us any differently?

    Well, I regret to inform them that "martyr" is NOT in my job description. They may as well get that romantic image of the long-suffering 'ministering angel' out of their heads, and start making realistic plans for how they will handle this situation. Flo doesn't live here anymore.
  10. by   Goju
    Quote from indigo girl
    I hope that that the CDC and HHS are noting the responses in this thread.

    The public will assume that nurses are going to be working.

    The govt assumes this also.

    Homeland Security, are you reading this?

    When will you sit down and talk with us? We are not just statistics.
    We are real individual people with families that depend on us.
    IG - sadly i think they are watching and reading but not taking any action beyond the status quo of "the miracle vaccine". In private I bet those same people are prepping like crazy.... but will hang us all out to dry.
  11. by   bagladyrn
    I have a little different take on this for myself. As I have no one dependent on me, I probably would be one of those who go in to work. I wouldn't expect anyone with dependents to be there and don't judge others who feel differently. I think that if "push came to shove" there would be many who would put the greater good of their fellow citizens above their own benefit, as we have seen in disasters of any magnitude, not because the government orders them, but out of their own convictions.
  12. by   ElvishDNP
    Nice perspective, baglady. And well-put, even if we do not hold the same view.
  13. by   indigo girl
    Quote from bagladyrn

    I think that if "push came to shove" there would be many who would put the greater good of their fellow citizens above their own benefit, as we have seen in disasters of any magnitude, not because the government orders them, but out of their own convictions.
    I agree. My situation is like yours, no dependents.

    There are others like us too, older nurses, and senior citizen volunteers.
    My guess is that we will need these volunteers to help, and that they will do this.
    We are talking basic care, not advanced life support because the numbers
    will be too great for anything but basic care. Volunteers can be taught what to do.
    Most cases of H5N1 are more dangerous for the younger people, and that is
    why seniors will be important.

    If I get sick, I may survive even with asthma. The asthma may
    even be helpful as it may dampen my immune response, and prevent
    cytokine storm. I remember reading a paper on this. I still want to be
    wearing N95 masks, but will they be available? I think not.

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