Weather Policy

  1. 0 Does your hospital have a weather policy? If so, is it lenient? Do you ever feel like you have really sacrificed your safety to make it into work out of guilt?
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    About nynursey_, ASN, RN

    nynursey_ has '1.5' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Med/Surg'. From 'NY'; Joined Jun '12; Posts: 368; Likes: 438.

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  4. Visit  OCNRN63 profile page
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    Quote from nynursey_
    Does your hospital have a weather policy? If so, is it lenient? Do you ever feel like you have really sacrificed your safety to make it into work out of guilt?
    Yes. No. Yes.
  5. Visit  Been there,done that profile page
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    Nurses are considered "essential personnel".
    That means you will report to work despite inclement weather. You have a choice of calling in "sick".. or being honest and say the conditions prevent you from getting to work safely. I've had managers and emergency workers offer to pick me up and drive me in.
    They , of course, weren't concerned about driving me home.

    My advice is, save your call off time for this type of situation.
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  6. Visit  Cuddleswithpuddles profile page
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    I live in Southern California.

    I do not know of this... inclement... weather you speak of.

    Is that when water comes down from the sky and makes things wet?

    RNKPCE, poppycat, RNGriffin, and 22 others like this.
  7. Visit  mclennan profile page
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    I also live in So Cal and every employer I've had here has had an earthquake/fire policy that is similar to inclement weather policies elsewhere.
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  8. Visit  loriangel14 profile page
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    I am in Canada. If the roads are too dangerous to drive on then you call in. You don't get in any trouble.Bad weather is bad weather.
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  9. Visit  Here.I.Stand profile page
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    A few weeks back I was definitely white-knuckling it. I don't know that I was risking my life b/c nobody was going much over 40 mph and I was of course restrained. I did feel like I was risking my car though. I'm not sure if we have a policy or not, but I figure since we're essential, I should go to work.
  10. Visit  Been there,done that profile page
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    Quote from Cuddleswithpuddles
    I live in Southern California.

    I do not know of this... inclement... weather you speak of.

    Is that when water comes down from the sky and makes things wet?

    Rather than a snarky reply gloating over your ideal weather conditions..
    the OP would appreciate a well thought out reply as to her REAL concern about safe travel to fulfill work and patient care obligations.
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  11. Visit  Cuddleswithpuddles profile page
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    It was meant to be a joke. No snark intended. Other than a giggle, yes, I have nothing to contribute to this subject.
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  12. Visit  nynursey_ profile page
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    Interesting points. I ask because tomorrow's forecast is predicted about 14" of snow. And I reside about 90 minutes door-to-door from my hospital. I also drive a 4-door sedan.

    And my hospital has made it abundantly clear that weather is NOT an acceptable call-out excuse.
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  13. Visit  blondy2061h profile page
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    My hospital is pretty good about this. They create accommodations for staff to spend the night as needed, and just want you to make your best effort to get in at some point. I buy snow tires, drive slowly, and haven't felt that I've risked my life yet.
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  14. Visit  nynursey_ profile page
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    Quote from blondy2061h
    My hospital is pretty good about this. They create accommodations for staff to spend the night as needed, and just want you to make your best effort to get in at some point. I buy snow tires, drive slowly, and haven't felt that I've risked my life yet.
    Even with snow tires and driving slow, 14" in a white out is impossible driving conditions. Particularly up hill. Particularly on a lake.

    I have an overnight bag with nonperishable food items and towing equipment, but there is also little cell service at the worst part of the trip. It's just scary, and frankly, I'm a little off put the hospital doesn't care enough to consider that given the circumstance.

    But, I chose healthcare, and so I forgo my right to *****.
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  15. Visit  TU RN profile page
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    Yeah my area is expecting significant snowfall tomorrow and I'm schedule for night shift. Nobody has posted anything about inclement weather accommodations. Hate to put any blame on management, but if I was in charge I would post in advance the facility's policy on inclement weather and potential need for emergency transportation of "essential personnel." Instead we'll be expected to either brave the weather or cowardly state our fear of driving I suppose.
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