Snow emergency excuse?

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    so, here in nyc, we're expecting a big one this weekend. my friend is working tomorrow night, and is anticipating a problem getting in to work already (they're saying it's going to be at it's worst during her commute in).

    so here's my beef: although she is my good friend, she lives 35 miles from work, as do many of the others (some live further than that). i, on the other hand, live about 5 miles away. every winter, i hear about how these people can't get to work because of the snow, or their mother, father, husband or dog will not let them drive in the snow to work. am i the only one who feels that we, as health care professionals, have an obligation to get to work?? and also, isn't this something you need to consider when you decide to take a job that is so far from your home?? now, i'm talking about nyc/long island, where there is a hospital every 5 miles, not the boon docks (where some of you may be). and i'm also not talking about a school nurse job or a doctor's office, where no one would be there anyway if the weather is bad. it's a hospital, where sick people are, and will stay, until they get better.

    i just can't bear to listen to the complaining anymore, especially when i don't agree with their rationale. i can get into an accident on my way in, too. i can't not say anything (i'm just not that type), so i know i'm not going to be popular when i get into work tonight. speaking of tonight, i'm working overnight. so my friend calls me up and says "they might start holding people over before it snows, so you might have to stay". my shift ends at 8 am, and the snow is supposed to begin in the afternoon. i can't imagine that they would hold the entire night shift over in anticipation for a storm.
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    Then again, maybe they will start calling people to come in early, before the snow!!!!!!!! (lame attempt at humor) If co worker is afraid she can't get to work tomorrow, maybe she should consider packing a bag and staying at the hospital or hotel close by.
    Our facility will pay for rooms for staff to stay in at a local hotel when the weather gets that bad.
    I'm with you on this one. if a nurse knows they aren't going to be able to travel in the snow, they should make arrangements ahead of time instead of making it so hard on the ones that did make it in.
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    im with you. i am not graduating until May, but if it snows i certainly wont expect that i can't show up at work b/c of the snow, bad roads, etc. it does help that i am 5 miles from my door to hospital, but even so-
    i agree with you. the patients need you, snow or not.
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    Where I am, we're definitely considered essential personnel. Sometimes we'll pack a bag and come to work early (as I did during Hurricane Isabel), sometimes we'll stay over indefinitely until other staff members can make it in. Our facilities department will occasionally go out and pick up nurses, if they live a reasonable distance from the hospital.

    Its not what I would call *fun*, but we are extremely well compensated when this happens.
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    I live in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where we get A LOT of snow. People who live here know that we get a lot of snow, or at least they should. I can understand people not wanting to come in for a shift that is not essential (ie, not working on a floor, not taking care of patients, not short-staffing your unit), but if you live where the weather is bad, you know you're gonna have to make some sacrifices. Be that staying at a friend/family member's house who lives closer to your hospital, or staying in a hotel/or at the hospital overnight. As nurses, we have an obligation to our patients and to our units. As we all know, emergencies do come up. But when you know ahead of time that the weather is going to be bad, you need to plan ahead. On the other hand, I don't think that people should be risking thier lives to come to work....but then that ties in to the planning ahead thing-if you plan ahead, you shouldn't have to risk your life in bad weather.

    Is this making any sense or am I rambling? I work in a small hospital, and most of our staff live within 5 or so miles of the hospital. Those who don't, usually do have a back-up plan when it comes to bad weather. We usually don't have a problem with people calling in due to "bad weather".


    PS-This totally doesn't apply to those who live in areas which usually don't get bad winter weather!
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    Quote from dekatn
    Then again, maybe they will start calling people to come in early, before the snow!!!!!!!! (lame attempt at humor) If co worker is afraid she can't get to work tomorrow, maybe she should consider packing a bag and staying at the hospital or hotel close by.
    Our facility will pay for rooms for staff to stay in at a local hotel when the weather gets that bad.
    I'm with you on this one. if a nurse knows they aren't going to be able to travel in the snow, they should make arrangements ahead of time instead of making it so hard on the ones that did make it in.
    She thought about that (but asking to be paid if she came in early to avoid the weather). Hopefully there is some kind of plan in effect. They used to go and get people, but they don't seem to do that anymore.
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    Not a problem for me where I am now.
    When I lived in CT and we had snow we would
    call and give rides to people who had transportation problems.
    If the storm was a big one a lot of staff would just stay at the hospital.
    We would bring in a bag with a change of clothes ect...
    The hospital supplied a place to rest and free meals during the storm.
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    During the hurricanes down here in Florida, we were required to pack a bag and bring our families if we had to. I would think that snow storms would be no different in that regard.
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    Rhode Island winters are typically unpredictable but we do occassionally have significant snow.

    It seems that it has been a matter of pride to get in to the hospital through the worst that mother nature has thrown at us.

    And if you get stuck there, a sort of holiday spirt prevails. The work gets done and we have a good time.

    I guess it's a matter of attitude.

    Heartman
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    I live a little over 1/2 hour from work. I reside in the Cascades of Washington State. I have a 4WD vehicle. I think it's a neccessity and responsibilty to have a vehicle to get to work and unfair to co-workers to expect them to pick up the slack.

    The same, however, could be said for someone with kids who get sick a lot, or some other situation that causes absenteism.


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