Is leaving before hurricane abandonment - page 7

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   Castiela
    Quote from dstee009
    If you are a HEALTH CARE worker then you know the dangers going in. Do what you want but you are not very good at your job if you want to flee when there could be danger. We are there to help those in need, imo, you are selfish and need not be in health care if your first instinct isnt to stay. get your family out or bring them to the hospital with you. People like OP are in it for the money, plain and simple. If you truly care about what you do as an RN, Dr. etc. then you wouldnt be TRYING to run. you would be trying to stay. I say all this as someone that sent my wife north a few days ago and without hesitation stayed to work through the storm here in Florida. if the medical field in the worst of times isnt for you, then you need to find another career.
    I disagree with this statement. Everyone has different priorities and you can't judge someone or say that "they are only in the profession for the money" if they have a different priority than you.

    I am very dedicated to my job, not in it for the money, but I'm not willing to put myself or my family at risk for it. I prioritize differently. In case of a fire, you are only supposed to evacuate patients if it is safe to do so. Yes the op could have planned better and not have had to be in this situation, but the fact that she is closing safety over her job does not make her a bad nurse or selfish
  2. by   Here.I.Stand
    Quote from dstee009
    If you are a HEALTH CARE worker then you know the dangers going in. Do what you want but you are not very good at your job if you want to flee when there could be danger. We are there to help those in need, imo, you are selfish and need not be in health care if your first instinct isnt to stay. get your family out or bring them to the hospital with you. People like OP are in it for the money, plain and simple. If you truly care about what you do as an RN, Dr. etc. then you wouldnt be TRYING to run. you would be trying to stay. I say all this as someone that sent my wife north a few days ago and without hesitation stayed to work through the storm here in Florida. if the medical field in the worst of times isnt for you, then you need to find another career.
    For not being willing to martyr yourself? Really?
  3. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from CNAbutLPN2be2017
    You must be! Like I said, had I known, I would have preparations!
    For the love of heaven, how could you possibly have NOT known it was coming? Waiting until the night before and then claiming it's all news to you is disingenuous.
  4. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from 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.
    We all have hearts. Some of us think that the OP should have planned ahead as she probably was told when she was hired. If you wait until the last moment and then claim ignorance, people will think you are either incredibly stupid or incredibly dishonest.
  5. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from remotefuse
    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 .
    Wow. Just wow. You never work Friday or Saturday, so I take it you're willing to go to work on Sunday?? No, wait. That really would be risking your life. So someone else should work for you??

    Hurricanes blizzards tornadoes, earthquakes, terrorist attacks and volcanic eruptions do. Abuse people to change their plans. Even people who never work Friday or Saturday.
  6. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from dstee009
    If you are a HEALTH CARE worker then you know the dangers going in. Do what you want but you are not very good at your job if you want to flee when there could be danger. We are there to help those in need, imo, you are selfish and need not be in health care if your first instinct isnt to stay. get your family out or bring them to the hospital with you. People like OP are in it for the money, plain and simple. If you truly care about what you do as an RN, Dr. etc. then you wouldnt be TRYING to run. you would be trying to stay. I say all this as someone that sent my wife north a few days ago and without hesitation stayed to work through the storm here in Florida. if the medical field in the worst of times isnt for you, then you need to find another career.
    Even folks who are in nursing "for the money" have the personal integrity to show up when we are needed -- just like we said we would when we accepted the job.
  7. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from GLORIAmunchkin72
    And the hospital should evacuate too so we don't find the patients in the news waist deep in water.
    The thing is, even if patients are Evacuted, someone has to get them prepared, get the paperwork in order, call the accepting facility for bed assignment and with report, answer the phones, notify families . . . .
  8. by   3ringnursing
    I can't see how they can fire you for evacuating for your personal safety due to a possibly deadly hurricane - WTH? You're not a person that matters too?

    I'd say they don't have a legal leg to stand on to call it abandonment. It's not like you are on duty then vanished without handing over report to another nurse. That's abandonment.

    I'd go if it was me and I had a child that age still. No question.

    I think administration is trying to frighten you due to the high stakes - who else would care for pt's if all staff evacuated? How best to scare a nurse than to threaten to report you to the SBON for abandonment? They many have to evacuate too and want help moving everyone. Not your concern - your immediate concern is the safety of your family and yourself. Everything else can be worked out later.

    Go - now!
    Last edit by 3ringnursing on Sep 9
  9. by   Heidilameyer
    Wait....the hospital didn't evacuate? I'd say they are liable for endangering lives.
  10. by   GatorsPCA
    Wow I'm astonished at some of the comments on here. Also do you all realize that there is literally no gas right now? And that drive to Atlanta that may normally take 9ish hours (depending on where they live) would take probably 3 times that? Even if she had attempted to leave earlier she would've had to have called out at least 2 days just to take her kid to Atlanta. And probably would've gotten in trouble for that too. And yes we've known about the storm but if you haven't noticed there were about 361842 different possible paths, and it's continually changing. People who evacuated from the east coast to the west coast of the state were under the impression it'd be safer there, but now Irma is going to hit the west side even harder. Maybe you don't think she made the best decisions, but who knows what her circumstances are that prevented her from doing all the things some have so unkindly suggested. Good luck to all my fellow Floridians!
  11. by   elkpark
    Quote from GatorsPCA
    Even if she had attempted to leave earlier she would've had to have called out at least 2 days just to take her kid to Atlanta. And probably would've gotten in trouble for that too.
    The round trip by air is only a few hours each way. Could easily be done in less than a day.
  12. by   everoo
    Empty threat. It is not Abandonment until you have taken report on a patient & assumed specific responsibility for the person.
  13. by   Julius Seizure
    Quote from dstee009
    If you are a HEALTH CARE worker then you know the dangers going in. Do what you want but you are not very good at your job if you want to flee when there could be danger. We are there to help those in need, imo, you are selfish and need not be in health care if your first instinct isnt to stay. get your family out or bring them to the hospital with you. People like OP are in it for the money, plain and simple. If you truly care about what you do as an RN, Dr. etc. then you wouldnt be TRYING to run. you would be trying to stay. I say all this as someone that sent my wife north a few days ago and without hesitation stayed to work through the storm here in Florida. if the medical field in the worst of times isnt for you, then you need to find another career.
    This isn't a marriage. I didn't take nursing vows. Lets not even talk about the "oath" of nursing.

    I used to live in Florida and if I still did, I would have stayed and worked this weekend, but somebody better be paying me.

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