How to get to work in a snowstorm? - page 8

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   matchstickxx
    One of the hotels near my hospital offers a discounted rate for hospital employees. If there is a snowstorm or ice storm predicted and you are scheduled to work, the hotel offers an even bigger discount. The hotel has a shuttle and will take you between the hospital and the hotel. A lot of times a day nurse and a night nurse will share the room to save even more money. I have stayed at the hotel a few times through the years and it is a nice arrangement.
    My hospital does allow employees to sleep in empty rooms if we have enough extra rooms. For me, it is worth the $25.00 cost of a hotel room to get out of the hospital for a few hours.
    As far as food goes, a few years ago during a particularly bad snowstorm, the kitchen sent up sandwiches and chips/pretzels for lunch or dinner and cold cereal and danishes for breakfast. While it wasn't a feast, it was edible and it was free. The kitchen was short staffed due to the storm and really didn't have the manpower to deal with preparing hot meals for the patients and all of the staff so their focus had to be on the patients first. Driving in the snow this time of year is just a fact of life here. I think when you work somewhere open 24/7 you need to plan ahead. My hospital has a list of volunteers with 4WD vehicles willing to transport employees to the hospital if the employee requests transportation.
    As far as the actual attendance policy for a snow emergency, the employee is expected to make every effort to get to work. The employee is expected to plan ahead to make arrangements for childcare prior to the snow emergency. The policy also recognizes the fact that sometimes other arrangements can't be made and if the employee must call in, it is considered an excused absence.
    That is our policy. What the policy doesn't cover is the fact that co-workers notice who plans ahead and who calls in every time a snowflake is predicted to drop.
  2. by   Beech1184
    It may not work foryou but I worked nights too and I had ordered a taxi but it didn't show so I called the Ambulance service, non emergency line, to see if they had a trip going by my house.The crew was at the hospital and knew that every nurse was needed so they came and picked me up. You could also try Law inforcement and Fire Dept. as they too, understand how staffing shortages in bad weather complicates things.
  3. by   mercyteapot
    I grew up in an area that had blizzards, and small crappy cars just would never have made it to the hospitals. It is true that hospitals don't close due to weather, but if roads are impassable, they're impassable. All setting out for the hospital in those conditions would would have accomplished would have been to be stuck on the road in your small crappy car in the middle of the blizzard. And when the roads were closed, you'd be cited for driving on them anyway.

    That said, we were expected to plan ahead whenever possible, and leave for the hospital before weather got bad. The operative word is "possible". Sometimes the weather took an ugly turn without warning and the staff already at the hospital was stuck staying. In theory, at least, it all balanced out.
  4. by   lauralassie
    Depends if the road was closed due to "snow emergency "or just closed because of an accident or something.: If it was the latter, I probably would have attempted. I also live 2 hours away from work. If the roads arn't closes by the state then we're expected to come in. As a nurse who has been stuck at work because there are nurses who won't come in when it blows a little, I feel nurses should give it their best attempt. I also remember times that the national gaurd would pick up nurses in bad storms but only within a certain distance. They wouldn't drive 2 hours away.
  5. by   TrudyRN
    You just have to make an honest effort. I know it's very dangerous and I know it's very hard when kids and sitters, lack of are involved. You leave home early, take stuff for overnight in case you don't get relieved.

    Maybe Security or someone else from your job would get you there and back home next day.

    It's a balancing act. Family vs. work. The older I get, the less I am inclined to let the job win out.
  6. by   TrudyRN
    Quote from Mulan
    How can they expect anyone to come in if the road is closed? What are you supposed to do, take a snowmobile or maybe fly?

    LOL, maybe reindeer.
  7. by   TrudyRN
    Quote from Kyrshamarks
    Loyalty to God, Loyalty to Country, Loyalty to Family, Loyalty to Yourself, Loyalty to you Friends and lastly is Loyalty to you job. Responsibility to you God, Responsibility to your Country, Responsibility to your Family, Responsibility to Youself, Responsibility to your Friends, and lastly again is Responsibility to your job. Note I did not capitalize job becasue of all the responsiblities that is the LEAST important responsibility and loyalty one should have and in a healthy person it is the LAST thing that they should have.

    No one is asking you to die for your job unless you are in Iraq.


    It might be time to either move south or get away from a 24/7/365 job. I do wish you well. I know this is hard.
    Last edit by VivaLasViejas on Feb 8, '07 : Reason: rude, personal attack
  8. by   TrudyRN
    Quote from AfloydRN
    The schools were closed, library closed, highway closed. Where am I supposed to drive if not the highway? Our hospital does not put you up anywhere. I have to get home, as I pay for daycare by the hour.I certainly don't expect them to come pick me up. That would be ridiculous.

    Schools and libraries do not impact you getting to work. Highways closed
    - you should have checked with law enforcement. you are considered an essential worker and the guys and gals in blue would likely have been more than happy to help a felllow essential worker.
  9. by   wooh
    My feeling is I will make an honest effort, I won't risk killing myself. (Because it's a 24/7/365 facility, there's another 365 shifts that they'll need my warm body to cover a few of after this one!)
    If I'm stuck at work because others can't get in (and I've been that one too) then I'll suck it up. Just like they'll have to suck it up if they're stuck there. I'd rather whine that I'm working over than get news they killed themselves getting here. Like I said, honest effort. But don't be a martyr.
  10. by   mercyteapot
    Whoever made the remark about the snowmobile, the funny thing is that there were people who brought their's into work once or twice during really bad storms. Shoot, why not??? It isn't like they had to worry about the traffic. When I was growing up, the minister of our church lived about 5 miles away and he used to drive his snowmobile on bad Sundays. Lots of church members lived within walking distance and made the trek, so the effort was worth it.
  11. by   AfloydRN
    to answer the multitude of questions.... I am a single mom and childcare is an issue because she cannot stay there 24 hours a day. I do not own a snowmobile, skiis, etc...and if I did- would probably be dead of frostbite by the time I arrived. Yes, the highway was closed d/t a snow emergency- by the state police. I am quite sure they have more pressing things to do than drive me 1 1/2 hours to a hospital. I did attempt it- i was on that highway w/ 0 % visibility and black ice- thats how I know it was closed. It was closed for 5 hours. I know people will disagree w/ me. That's human nature. I stick to my original statement- it's simply not worth my life. Yes, I have been stuck at work for 18 hours because people couldn't make it in. I do know it sucks.
  12. by   mercyteapot
    Quote from AfloydRN
    to answer the multitude of questions.... I am a single mom and childcare is an issue because she cannot stay there 24 hours a day. I do not own a snowmobile, skiis, etc...and if I did- would probably be dead of frostbite by the time I arrived. Yes, the highway was closed d/t a snow emergency- by the state police. I am quite sure they have more pressing things to do than drive me 1 1/2 hours to a hospital. I did attempt it- i was on that highway w/ 0 % visibility and black ice- thats how I know it was closed. It was closed for 5 hours. I know people will disagree w/ me. That's human nature. I stick to my original statement- it's simply not worth my life. Yes, I have been stuck at work for 18 hours because people couldn't make it in. I do know it sucks.
    I agree with you. And as I said in an earlier post, it all balances out in the end, because sometime you'll be the nurse already at work when the weather begins and will have to stay to cover for people who can't come in. I don't understand the claims that people have driven to work when the roads were impassable. If they were able to make it in, then the roads obviously weren't actually impassable now, were they?

    I didn't mean to imply that you should ride a snowmobile in to work, I was just remembering the winters where I grew up. Very, very few people actually did that.
  13. by   AfloydRN
    Thank for being one of the reasonable people.

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