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. Apparently, I was supposed to go in yesterday (I was not called until 8 am today) and to have planned ahead. But Saturday I had an outing with my daughter that I knew would take a day to recover just because I knew I had that extra day off so I really couldn't have worked safely anyway! I'm so frustrated and upset.
What was my responsibility here? How much of this is my fault what was I supposed to do about it if anything? I live 40 miles away and there's bridges and mountains and I can't leave my kids without a mom for ANY job! I made it in the last 3 bad weather days. One day I drove an area 5 minutes before a tornado and 15 minutes behind another (I got caught between storms).
I really really hate feeling guilty and inconviencing anyone but how much can my job ask of me?
Am I going to get fired because of this? I'm not even sure if the roads will be open tomorrow!
Has someone been in a similar circumstances and have some suggestions I would really appreciate it.
I was called in this morning and told to come. Roads were all closed. Yesterday I got no call but the weather man said the storm was coming. Well I responded the last 2 times and came in when I was called (all false alarms) and the last time the roads were so bad it took me twice as long to make it.
What I'm confused about is how long in advance is it my responsibility to plan? 24 hours? 48? When does the hospital take some responsibilty for long term planning and when is it totally and completely my fault for not making it in?
I just need to know where the line lies so that I can learn and keep it from happening again.
And this is Alabama. There are no snowplows. I have told my NM prior that I have to go through 3 weather patterns to get to work so I usually try to plan ahead as best I can. The roads are now clear where I work but closed where I live so I look especially bad. But during bad weather I NEVER know what the roads will be like and have on more than one occasion been the only nurse to make it in 1-2 hours early because of the road conditions.
Last edit by Kareylea on Jan 10, '11
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