Is it true that before a facility will hire you, you guys have to sign something that

  1. says if a hurricane hits, even if you are not scheduled to work, you will come in and help out, and not doing so will result in you being arrested?
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   BSNtobe2009
    I hope not, because as a single parent, there is no way I could work on demand, unless I was on call and had a "on call" sitter.
  4. by   debbieGa
    No, I work in FL and on the licence application there is a box that you can check that states you will be able to help in an emergency and one that states you would not. I checked no however I am on our hospitals emergency response team. As far as individual hospitals go I am not sure. Every year we have signups and there is enough vol. each year to staff the ERT.
  5. by   caroladybelle
    Quote from Skwidward
    says if a hurricane hits, even if you are not scheduled to work, you will come in and help out, and not doing so will result in you being arrested?
    You will not be arrested, but many facilities require you to be oncall, and may fire you if not available.

    Please review some of the threads about hurricane Charley, in 2004. Nurses were suspended/let go due to refusal/inability to be available.
  6. by   EmerNurse
    Here we have A and B lists - A people come in 6 hours before a storm is supposed to hit, and stay throughout the storm - B people work before and after the storm, preparing and staffing that time period. We have sign up sheets for each and thus far, there's been enough A people signed up voluntarily, so that those who need B status can have it (single parents, those of us with storm-scared family/spouses).

    But if not enough people sign up for A (during) status, they CAN assign us and we have to do it.

    One reason I can't wait to get outta So. Fla. - so far it's not been a huge problem for me and my family (B list) but I really don't want to be here the one time it IS a problem.
  7. by   PedsRN1991
    We have a list of "During" and "after" people. Usually those without kids or families volunteer for the "during". I am an after person, so after the hurricane is gone, someone will usually call and let me know if I need to work that night shift (to cover for one of those during people).

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