Snow Days.... - page 8

Well I'm in the South and I'm a floor nurse. We had a little winter storm in and I had to call in today because of the weather (all the roads are closed) and got officially reamed by my boss.... Read More

  1. Visit  canesdukegirl profile page
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    My co-workers and I were talking about this today. We found out that one of the nearby hospitals was offering a 10% hourly pay increase to those who made it in during the storm, as well as provided sleeping arrangements, childcare, meal tickets and home-early options. That sounds like a well thought out plan to me!
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  3. Visit  canesdukegirl profile page
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    Quote from roser13
    I will never forget the snowstorm where I bravely struck out into the storm to go to work. Quickly got stranded on a snow mound because my sedan's tires weren't tall enough to carry me over the snow depth. AAA rescued me and took me home, where I called and asked for my hospital's snow team to come and retrieve me and take me to work.

    They couldn't. I later heard that they spun out and overturned on the interstate on their way to pick me up.

    I got written up.
    Roser, I would have been so MAD!!! Did the NM offer to come get you after the AAA truck spun out and overturned?
  4. Visit  OCNRN63 profile page
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    I'm sorry, but I think it is unreasonable to expect an employee to pay for a hotel room, even if it's at a discounted rate. If the hospital wants employees to make the effort to come in during inclement weather, they should pony up for the hotel rooms.

    I'll never forget the accommodations I got at one facility where I worked during a major snow event: a pillow, a blanket and a conference room which was shared by several of us nurses. Yes, we slept on the floor. Yes, it was cold. Yes, it was uncomfortable. No, they did not give us any food.
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  5. Visit  Tiffany, RN, BSN profile page
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    Oh boy, its getting heated in here! My

    If you can't make it, you can't make it. What else can you do? I look at it like this: I have more to live for than my job so if that means I have to wait until daylight when visibility is better to come to work or even miss work because of no transportation, so be it. Or better yet, they can send someone to come get me but I'm not risking my life. Yes there are some who will come and sleep over and then there are some who are not willing to do that and that's their prerogative. Do you know what my hospital offered those who were willing to stay? A cot and old pt rooms with no heat, hot water, or tv. Yes, I understand its not going to be the Ritz but if that's all we're worth to them, I'll take my chances on having to be a couple minutes or hours late or even not being able to make it. A nurse on the floor arrived to work after being picked up by security at 4pm for her 7a-7p shift! No surprises that they wanted her to spend the night. was her response and rightfully so. I just don't agree that all of the responsibility should be on the employees. At some point the hospital needs to step up and ensure that the employees who are afraid or unable to drive get there safely and promptly and have somewhere decent to stay if they expect that.
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  6. Visit  emilee1978 profile page
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    I can sympathize with the Southerners who aren't equipped to deal with the snow, the problem is we get a fair amount of call-off's in the Northern states as well, what's their excuse?
  7. Visit  Ruby Vee profile page
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    Quote from perfectbluebuildings
    i can see both sides of this issue. i am also in a southern state hard hit by this recent storm, and also not nearly as well equipped as more northern states to deal with this kind of weather (though our dept of transportation people have been working very hard!) it is as much as possible our responsibility to get there as scheduled if at all possible, and to plan ahead for weather emergencies. i have never called in because of weather. always been able to find a way to get there. (have learned a lot about winter driving this year!!) but sometimes, that is not possible for some people in certain situations, and i think there should be some leeway.

    i guess i just want to revisit a question one poster asked a few pages ago that i haven't seen other opinions on. what should be the cut-off? i.e. how early should you go into work to avoid a snowstorm? for example, if a snowstorm is predicted to come on, say, a monday night and your next scheduled workday is wednesday or thursday morning, but the snow still isn't cleared by then, should you have gone in before the storm on monday? i'm really wondering how more northern cities & states deal with this issue every winter- do you have some kind of system? that may seem like a stupid question, but it's a genuine one. we usually have maybe one big storm a year, that doesn't amount to much and is gone by that afternoon or the next, so i'm not used to this kind of thing. thanks-
    [font="comic sans ms"]it depends upon the northern state. when i lived in wisconsin, the snowplows were out as soon as the first snow flurries started, and they kept going until all the major roads were clear. if you couldn't get your car out, you walked, snowmobiled or cross country skied to the nearest plowed road and the hospital would have someone pick you up. (they were much better about picking you up before your shift than they were about taking you home afterward!) when i lived in boston there was so much snow one year that the national guard came and picked us up with snow cats. we stayed at the hospital for the duration. i've skied to work more than once . . . those who didn't make it in were regarded as shirkers and sissies.

    i'd go in to work the night before if there was a snowstorm predicted overnight, but i wouldn't go in more than 24 hours early!
  8. Visit  linearthinker profile page
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    Quote from OCNRN63
    I'm sorry, but I think it is unreasonable to expect an employee to pay for a hotel room, even if it's at a discounted rate. If the hospital wants employees to make the effort to come in during inclement weather, they should pony up for the hotel rooms.

    I'll never forget the accommodations I got at one facility where I worked during a major snow event: a pillow, a blanket and a conference room which was shared by several of us nurses. Yes, we slept on the floor. Yes, it was cold. Yes, it was uncomfortable. No, they did not give us any food.
    I don't think it is unreasonable to expect employees to do whatever is necessary in extreme conditions. Besides, we had SUCH a good time, and I'd much prefer a hotel room to a stretcher or the floor! The hotel was nice, and the rate was less than $100. Not a big deal IMO. In any event, if i didn't think i could meet my employers expectations, or i found them objectionable, I guess I'd look for work elsewhere. Pretty simple.
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  9. Visit  Mulan profile page
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    Reminds me of the time a hurricane was expected (didn't arrive).

    Staff was supposed to come in and bring enough food and bottled water with them for 72 hours.

    I figure if they want people there for 72 hours they can at least provide the food and water.

    I think the younger generation that does not put the job ahead of their life has it right.

    As opposed to the old martyr, the patient always comes first way of thinking.

    I was that way once, but not anymore.

    What do you get for it?

    As someone else said, work your fingers to the bone and what do you get, bony fingers.
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  10. Visit  elkpark profile page
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    Quote from Mulan
    I think the younger generation that does not put the job ahead of their life has it right.

    As opposed to the old martyr, the patient always comes first way of thinking.

    I was that way once, but not anymore.

    What do you get for it?

    Ummmm, continued employment???
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  11. Visit  Mulan profile page
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    Quote from elkpark
    Ummmm, continued employment???

    Hasn't been a problem.
  12. Visit  canigraduate profile page
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    Just came back in and read all the posts following my earlier one. I'll admit, "nag" was strong, and I apologize, but I was hot when I read all the posts that were so negative to the OP.

    Unless you live in a southern state, it's really hard to understand the physical impossibility of driving in the ice/snow (usually ice). It's terrifying and very dangerous. We don't have the resources available to the northern states that get a lot of snow. Just like Kansas doesn't prepare for hurricanes, y'know?

    And I don't mind staying late to cover another shift. I've done it many times when census has been up. But I don't find it necessary to risk my life to get to work. I don't work in any capacity that is remotely life-saving, so it just isn't that important to me. When I become a nurse and it actually matters on a life-and-death level, then I may have a different attitude. Right now, I would rather stay on for a double than have a coworker risk their life.

    I'm not saying that preparation and common sense aren't good things, I think they're wonderful. I personally was very prepared. I'm just saying sometimes no amount of preparation is going to help you, especially in rural areas.

    We had close to an inch-thick sheet of solid ice on most secondary roads on Tuesday morning. I didn't leave the house except to walk the dogs and I busted my tail twice doing that. I still have ice a quarter of an inch thick around my house. And we didn't get it that bad where I am compared to surrounding counties.

    Hopefully I've offered a little perspective on the difficulties southern states have so you can better understand where the OP is coming from.
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  13. Visit  linearthinker profile page
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    Quote from Mulan
    Reminds me of the time a hurricane was expected (didn't arrive).

    Staff was supposed to come in and bring enough food and bottled water with them for 72 hours.

    I figure if they want people there for 72 hours they can at least provide the food and water.

    I think the younger generation that does not put the job ahead of their life has it right.

    As opposed to the old martyr, the patient always comes first way of thinking.

    I was that way once, but not anymore.

    What do you get for it?

    As someone else said, work your fingers to the bone and what do you get, bony fingers.
    There is a disconnect someplace, b/c this does not represent my attitude at all. I'm not a martyr. I'm an adult, and a professional. I keep my commitments, and I expect others to do the same. To tell the truth, the patients are irrelevant to the equation. It is a matter of personal honor. If I tell you something, you know it to be true, and that includes where I'm going to be when. I think people who know me value that character trait, and I'm proud to demonstrate it consistently and to have a reputation that reflects such.
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