How to get to work in a snowstorm? - page 10

Hi. I was wondering what your hospitals policy is on snowdays? Ours doesn't have one and I live 1 1/2 hours from work. The highway was actually closed and I was still expected to come in?... Read More

  1. by   GardenDove
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    reasonable = sees-it-my-way

    :roll :chuckle You said it, Marie.:smilecoffeecup:
  2. by   banditrn
    I live in the midwest - I have 4WD, I drive slowly, and I leave early. Back when I did 12 hr. shifts at the hospital, during a bad storm, they had a block of rooms for us to stay in if we wanted to, so I'd had an overnite bag packed and ready in my car. The only time I called off was during a complete whiteout.

    During a recent storm in town, 4 out of 7 cna's called off - I was able to replace one of the call off's with an agency staff. It was funny - the 4 call offs all lived in town, and the ones that showed up lived out of town.

    The one thing is, when you drive in bad weather, you can't drive like you do every day of the week!
  3. by   caliotter3
    Banditrn:

    I agree what you and others have said about driving in bad weather and being safe. I am not orig from a snow area; when I have lived in areas where I had to drive "slow and safe" it amazed me how drivers would pass me like bats out of hell or ride my @ss! Oh, my anxiety! I wouldn't be surprised if my knuckles clutching the steering wheel contributed to my arthritis sx.
  4. by   DizzyLizard
    I live in a snow area and am usually able to make it in to work but I refuse to sacrafice my well being and safety for my job. It's not worth it. I also won't ask someone to sacrifice their well being just to get me to work. We have had an unusually bad winter and I've already called off 5 times since December. In the span of about 4 weeks we got approx 7 ft of snow.
    County roads are at the end of the list to be plowed so it took 2 -3 weeks for anything to start happening. With the high winds, bitter cold temps and snow we were buried for 2-3 weeks before we got any help. There was no contact with the outside world. My family was much more important at that time because we were literally having to figure out how to survive. I made it clear to my manager where I stand on the issue and she's been ok with it and knows I'll be there if I can.
  5. by   canoehead
    When I was a supervisor we used to remark on how the people that lived an hour north would always make it in, but some that lived in town would call out consistently.

    One person called in because her snow shovel was buried and she couldn't find it. She obviously is prepared for life's little curveballs...not.

    Dizzy- 2-3 WEEKS for the roads to be plowed? During the ice storm in the NE we were declared a disaster area, the power was out for 2-3 weeks in the boonies, but the roads were cleared (mostly) within 24 hours of it being over. Where in heck do you live?
    Last edit by canoehead on Feb 9, '07
  6. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    One person called in because her snow shovel was buried and she couldn't find it.
    I think i would have made up another excuse than reveal that kind of stupidity to others.
  7. by   DizzyLizard
    Canoehead - we live in the rocky mountain region on the eastern plains. Yeah, roads weren't plowed. It was ugly. The entire state was declared a disaster area but it still took a while. First, the snowplows kept breaking down so what few there were, weren't enough for mother nature. The other huge problem was that people were abandoning their vehicles in the middle of the road (interstate, hwy, and otherwise). The ems units had to dig through the snow, find the cars, and remove them from the road before plowing. Once the plows got through they didn't know where to put all the snow and had to wait for front end loaders to transport it elsewhere. The other problem was the dispute of who's responsibility it was to plow. County, city, or private (homeowner assoc). I say who cares! Plow the roads so we can get on with our lives!
  8. by   Tiwi
    I can see this is a serious problem. I'm lucky to live in an area where there is no such thing as hail let alone snow. But yet our local hospital still has snowshields, seriously! Apparently it is based on a Canberra hospital (capital of Australia), which in turn is based on a Canadian hospital, so there you go! Government logic in action... I don't know how true it is, but I nursed a gentleman who helped physically build it; he said that they were going to put a heating system in...like the other two hospitals! Helllooo, we are in the tropics here...:smackingf
  9. by   caliotter3
    Tiwi
    I thought that govt stupidity only existed in America!
  10. by   Tiwi
    Quote from caliotter3
    Tiwi
    I thought that govt stupidity only existed in America!
    I hate to tell you, but its a world wide phenomenon...[BANANA][/BANANA]
  11. by   jojotoo
    vamedic4 wrote: "I'd call the hospital and tell them "hey, you want me there, find a way to get me there"...even if they have to bring you in in a cab, it's cheaper than a lawsuit from inadequate staffing. That's what they'll do for you here."



    Why would you expect your employer to pay for your cab instead of paying for it yourself?
    Last edit by jojotoo on Feb 10, '07 : Reason: credit quote
  12. by   canoehead
    LOL, I remember a news story about our EMT crew. They got sent out to get a laboring woman, the first ambulance went off the road at the end of the driveway. They called a plow to clear it out. the plow went in the ditch. Second ambulance arrived and fishtailed around and gave up. Finally they got a backhoe to the location and after a lot of sanding they brought this poor laboring woman out in the scoop of the backhoe, put her in the ambulance and hightailed it to the hospital. Took them 2 hours of trying to do it. They considered letting her deliver at the house, cause she was that close, but it was a breech-I think she delivered in the ER(not sure) but I knw she was panting and breathing for the two hours.

    God, you have to admire a woman who could pant for two hours for the good of her infant, AND have the gumption to leave the house in a backhoe scoop. Probably with half the town watching. The papers were kind enough to run a postpartum pic of the whole family smiling, and not the backhoe shots.
  13. by   TrudyRN
    Quote from jojotoo
    vamedic4 wrote: "I'd call the hospital and tell them "hey, you want me there, find a way to get me there"...even if they have to bring you in in a cab, it's cheaper than a lawsuit from inadequate staffing. That's what they'll do for you here."



    Why would you expect your employer to pay for your cab instead of paying for it yourself?
    Maybe they could split the cost. Or the cab could make the rounds and pick up several employees, not just one.

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