Is leaving before hurricane abandonment - page 4

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   pjdenomme
    And this is why I took a job working from home. More money, less stress, still get to be a nurse. But family comes first.
  2. by   MunoRN
    Some states do actually have laws that require nurses to report to work in a declared disaster or prior to an predicted event or risk losing their license. It depends on your role, and there is usually some sort of requirement that you be notified of this in a certain time frame, but yes, depending on the state you could lose your license.
  3. by   Purple_roses
    I agree that a disaster plan should be made ahead of time by the hospital. Yes, it is our responsibility to come in to work as scheduled, but life happens and it really sucks that people are having to choose between coming in and worrying about their kids or being fired so they could insure their kids are safe. If a "disaster list" were created, I would have no problem with coming in, whether I was scheduled or not. I don't have kids. I don't have other people to plan for. I would rather that my coworkers who do have kids were able to ensure their safety. I would cover them, and I'm willing to bet there are lots of other nurses out there who would be willing to put their name on a disaster-call list.

    ETA: And yes, the nurse should make personal emergency plans ahead of time as well. I just think it would help if the hospital had a list of nurses who could be called in should another employee call off.
    Last edit by Purple_roses on Sep 7
  4. by   Kyrshamarks
    Quote from MunoRN
    Some states do actually have laws that require nurses to report to work in a declared disaster or prior to an predicted event or risk losing their license. It depends on your role, and there is usually some sort of requirement that you be notified of this in a certain time frame, but yes, depending on the state you could lose your license.
    Show me a list of those states. The government CANNOT compell a person no matter what thier job is as a civilian to put their life or property in danger.
  5. by   Purple_roses
    Quote from NurseCard
    Geez...

    OP, the bottom line is, if your child's safety is at risk, do what you
    can to get your child to safety, even if it means missing work and
    possibly losing your job. You can get another job. May be
    difficult, but you can find another job.

    Whether you should have already made arrangements is irrelevant
    at this point. Just make sure your child is safe.
    This. I'm sure OP is painfully aware of the fact that she should have planned this out earlier. But we are past the point of what should have been done. Be safe.
  6. by   DTWriter
    Quote from NurseCard
    Geez...

    OP, the bottom line is, if your child's safety is at risk, do what you
    can to get your child to safety, even if it means missing work and
    possibly losing your job. You can get another job. May be
    difficult, but you can find another job.

    Whether you should have already made arrangements is irrelevant
    at this point. Just make sure your child is safe.
    Preach! OP does not have time to dwell on the "should have." Hopefully, the OP gets it for next time.

    OP, if you have not already done so, do make arrangements with a trustworthy relative and drive your child to them as soon as possible. Maybe the relative can meet you halfway and drive to an area nearby to pick up your child so you do not have drive too far, and make it back for work tomorrow?

    As a last resort - Do you have trustworthy friend nearby who can possibly take your child to the relative?
    Last edit by DTWriter on Sep 7
  7. by   psullivan95
    There's no "you live in a hurricane prone area" here. This hurricane is unprecedented. It is levelling islands. These patients should be evacuated. If the facility decides not to then they are deciding to put them and you in harms way. Go take care of your child.
  8. by   Cdemorizi
    I personally don't find your comment funny
  9. by   Cdemorizi
    I live in Central Florida and totally understand what you are going through. My.children are adults and live in Houston, Tx. On that note, our schedules are made the same way. Yes, there is NO way to know a CAT 5 hurricane was about to hit the keys, but, we anticipated she was coming. It is not abandonment if you are not at work to accept the pt assignment, but. You can be fired.. I really don't think you have a choice, your child comes first. My hospital made it clear at first that no child care would be provided and at the last minute had a change of heart. Do what you need to do to assure your childs safety. God Bless and be safe.
  10. by   Silver_Rik
    Quote from Kyrshamarks
    Show me a list of those states. The government CANNOT compell a person no matter what thier job is as a civilian to put their life or property in danger.
    I know that several states remove restrictions on mandatory overtime for health care employees during a state of emergency. Forcing someone to work at gunpoint would be compulsion. I'm not sure that threatening to revoke their privilege to practice is LEGALLY considered compulsion.

    I'm not saying laws exist - or don't - requiring healthcare workers to report to work during a state of emergency, and I agree that it would be unconstitutional to fine or imprison a nurse who refused to work; but I'm not sure that the state couldn't suspend or revoke their license.
  11. by   vanilla bean
    Quote from NurseNat83
    I'd just like to go on record saying that ElkPark seems like a dick.
    OK, you're on the record. Nice first post on the site, NurseNat83.
  12. by   remotefuse
    Quote from elkpark
    Why is it (and who said it is) the responsibility of the employer to identify employees who agree to come to work and how much time they would like in order to make arrangements to do so? Why is it not the responsibility of employees to show up and do the job they agreed to do when they accepted their jobs? It's not like it's a secret that a hurricane is approaching. Why is it not the employee's job to make arrangements to show up for work when scheduled?

    So nurses, techs, lab, radiology all get together and plan out the best emergency strategy?

    You obviously have no one in your life that relies on you. There are a ton a reasons why someone would not be able to come in. Breastfeeding? Dependent relative? Multiple children at home that no one can watch? This hurricane is hitting my area on Saturday. I NEVER work Fri/Sat. I NEVER work friday say. Now all of a sudden I have to make arrangements for my kids, pets?

    Im sorry (not sorry), but this is just an incredibly ignorant way of thinking .
  13. by   remotefuse
    Im debating on leaving as well. Legally, nothing will happen to my license, but I would most likely loose my job. But Im fine with that. I posted earlier about my employers total willingness to put their nurses in danger.

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