Quote from BabyNurse513
IMy question is, if night shift people don't make it in, how many more hours can I be mandated to work? Can they make me stay all night and work day shift (which I am scehduled for ) tomorrow?
Very few states have regulations re number of hours you can be mandated to work. Unaware of NY state regs.
Yes they can make you stay all night to work--called MANDATION due to weather emergency. Can they then ask you to continue working another 8 hours = 24hours on duty? Again that is a state employment law question. Have heard of it happening before.
Now is ia safety and patient care issue....yes. Is it smart of a hospital to allow/encourage 24 hours working? NO, but it has happened.
If you are in a unionized facility, get a copy of the contract and READ IT!
You do have a right to refuse ....along with the facility firing you if an emergency's been delared. If you are asked to do more than 16 hours, put it in writing that you are exhausted, requesting relief, concerned re potential errors and inform your supervisor.
If people can't get in, then people are also unable to leave to get home due to roadway conditions. Best bet is to talk with the charge nurse: can staff work out a plan to only work 12 hours....some sleep in empty room.....return to unit after 6 hours. If true emergency, you do have to be creative re staffing and doing the minimum needed to keep patients safe.
We did have advance warning of a major snowstorm. When I worked in the hospital, I'd always take an extra change of clothes just in case couldn't get home....it is part of the job.
Yes, I did work today.... homecare office closed at 2PM, sent my clerk home then. By time I got pertinent work done regarding homecare referrals it was 3:20PM, office complex deserted and 8" snow on ground. Fully prepared to stay overnight if need be. Shoveled out car, and slowly creeped home arriving intact.