Is leaving before hurricane abandonment - page 3

Hello all, so I am located at the very end of south Florida near the keys! My question is simply this, I'm supposed to work weekend during this hurricane which some are saying could be deadly. I have... Read More

  1. by   Glycerine82
    Its not abandonment if you give notice and haven't accepted the assignment, but it's pretty crappy. You should make arrangements for your Son and help your facility evacuate or hunker down, whichever they're choosing to do. You can also be sure to lose your job over it.
  2. by   Emjay274
    If you're under a mandatory evacuation order, how can they fault you? The hospital in the Keys is air-transporting patients to another state, by cargo plane, so I'm sure this is resolved by now.

    However, your son is not required to work, and you are legally required to protect him by following state and federal orders. Failing to follow an evac order seems to mean you'd be prioritizing them over him. That just isn't an option for me.

    I would go, and if I had to find another job, I'd say I was in an evac zone and my son was unsafe if I worked because he needed to be evacuated.
  3. by   elkpark
    Quote from Ruby Vee
    The time to be making this plan was back in June, but five days ago would have been better than tonight.

    I must be cranky after all those hours of hurricane prep in the past two days.
    The time to be making the plan was when they initially moved to South Florida and/or started working in law enforcement and healthcare. It's not like it's a secret that there is an annual, ongoing risk of hurricanes there.
  4. by   SullyRN
    All the snark here...

    OP, I feel you, you have a child, they are your priority, you want to keep them safe. As any parent would. But honestly as others have said, this hurricane has been developing for more than a night. And all reports have been that this is going to be a BIG one. As soon as you heard that, you should've made plans for your child. Whether it be driving all the way to Atlanta, meeting family half-way, asking your employer if your child could come, seeing if your husband could get off work to take your child somewhere safe--any of those. Waiting until the last minute is what I think puts a bad taste in everyone else's mouth.

    No one is saying that your child's safety shouldn't come first. What they are saying is you live in Florida, where this kind of thing (though not as serious) happens often. You should have had a plan in place sooner. But you didn't, so now you have to make a decision. Leave with your kiddo and risk losing your job, or taking him to work with you.

    You and your husband could talk about who has the job that pays the most, and who has the profession that will be most likely to find another job the easiest, then decide which of you will take your child. I do wish you the best of luck, and pray for your family's safety.

    If it was me, and I hadn't made a plan, my kids would come first, jobs come and go. But I also would've taken my kid somewhere safe as soon as I heard how serious it was getting (that is in no way a jab at your parenting, I'm sure you are a great mother).
  5. by   FolksBtrippin
    Make sure your child is safe. If that means you don't go to work, then so be it. No one here has any right to judge you for that.
  6. by   CNAbutLPN2be2017
    Quote from Ruby Vee
    You live in an area that has hurricanes, you've accepted a job with 24/7 staffing requirements, and your husband apparently has as well. So why haven't you discussed prior to this evening what the two of you will do to protect your child in this situation? It isn't as if Irma popped up last night. You knew you were scheduled to work; surely your husband must have known that he would also need to be at work. The time to be making this plan was back in June, but five days ago would have been better than tonight.

    I must be cranky after all those hours of hurricane prep in the past two days.
    You must be! Like I said, had I known, I would have preparations!
  7. by   elkpark
    Quote from CNAbutLPN2be2017
    You must be! Like I said, had I known, I would have preparations!
    But what do you mean by "had I known"? You live in south Florida, a hurricane-prone area, and you work in healthcare. It's the middle of hurricane season, and there has been widespread reporting about Hurricane Irma for what, a week? What else would you need to know in order to make preparations?
  8. by   CNAbutLPN2be2017
    Quote from elkpark
    But what do you mean by "had I known"? You live in south Florida, a hurricane-prone area, and you work in healthcare. It's the middle of hurricane season, and there has been widespread reporting about Hurricane Irma for what, a week? What else would you need to know in order to make preparations?
    I just needed to know one simple thing, it was answered so why you feel like I need to explain my life story to you is a mystery to me! I'm done responding! Thank you
  9. by   mccaje08
    I agree with Pghfoxfan1 - if it's a hospital all of these patients need to be discharged unless the sickest of sick and there will be nurses that will still be there to take care of them. If it's a LTC/Skilled Nursing Home, then they should be getting evacuated. The sick and elderly in these places need to get out of there now versus later. I wouldn't worry about it and do what is right for your family. Then be straight when looking for a new job later. Anyone with a heart will understand why you made the decision you did.
  10. by   SVHawkmom
    In checking into volunteering for Hurrican Harvey I was upset in finding they only wanted RN's to volunteer. So in this case maybe an RN is better qualified to hang out for Irma??? Been a nurse for 10 plus years and have trained many an RN . In many cases I would feel much safer with my LPN co workers than the new RN's.
  11. by   sphinx99
    I take it your hospital doesn't offer emergency child care during the storm? I too live in SWF and they are taking registration now for children of employees who have nobody else to take care of them. I don't have little ones, but I would feel safer with my kids in a hospital building then a house. Then again, being WITH your child is also so very reassuring!
    Management has made it clear we can be fired, but nobody has threatened abandonment. Like others have said, if you don't take an assignment, it can't be abandonment. I do say I'm fairly impressed with my job, as they let your immediate family in while you work and if you are stuck there, and now even opened a pet shelter who working (or stuck) employees.
    Do what is best for you and your little one! Stay safe!
    Last edit by sphinx99 on Sep 7
  12. by   Carole9
    I just now heard Gov. Scott say that all Key hospitals were evacuating patients.
  13. by   joshsc
    We show up or we get fired. simple ast that.

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