What ice storm? Get yourself to work!! - page 3

So we had a major ice storm last weekend, 2 inches of ice by morning, and 1st time in 20-odd years I can't get out of the driveway, roads are impassable in this rural area. Apparently, 20 miles... Read More

  1. by   Medic04
    Quote from JustaPatient
    But think of it this way. there are people like me. I have only had my license for a little over a year, I only see out of one eye, i treid to drive the other day, it SCARED THE heck out of me, i turned around and went back to where i was coming form. soem people just can not drive in this type of weather.
    Maybe, but I have faith in you. The more you drive the better you will do. How do I know? I am blind in my right eye since childhood. Totally.
    Worn glasses and vision in my good eye 20/40 with correction at best.

    Again things may scare me, but I got over that. I think in time you'll do fine too and you will overcome many things.

    There are many ice and snow storms I went out into, cause there was no one else to do so. If they are willing to give you a ride, or check to see if they will even. Many hospitals do and all you have to do is ask.
    Last edit by prmenrs on Dec 15, '07 : Reason: edited the same word in the quote
  2. by   SuesquatchRN
    I don't know about ice, but last year I drove through a blizzard - Valentine's Day - that dumped three feet of snow on the ground. My hift started at 7 a.m., I have studded snows on the car (I live in the Adirondacks, fer cryin' out loud), and I left the house at 5 a.m. to go 30 miles. I got there safely mostly in first and second gear. I threw an overnight bag into the car and the DON wanted to kiss my feet when I asked her the day before where I could sleep if I had to stay. I pulled a double and started my next day's shift at the usual time.

    I have sympathy for certain situations. But if you know it's going to keep getting worse and you're due in just get the heck there, even if you're hours early.

    WE NEED YOU.
  3. by   Ms Kylee
    Quote from Bugaloo
    No job is worth risking your life over. If you truly feel that the roads are too bad to travel on, call in, and worry about the fallout later.
    I do this.. I catch you know what for it later and usually get threatened by "We'll have to replace you if you do this again." I always end up saying "You'll have to replace me if I'm dead too."

    I was told you cannot be fired/written up/punished for not going in when the weather is bad.
  4. by   Medic04
    Quote from Suesquatch
    I don't know about ice, but last year I drove through a blizzard - Valentine's Day - that dumped three feet of snow on the ground. My hift started at 7 a.m., I have studded snows on the car (I live in the Adirondacks, fer cryin' out loud), and I left the house at 5 a.m. to go 30 miles. I got there safely mostly in first and second gear. I threw an overnight bag into the car and the DON wanted to kiss my feet when I asked her the day before where I could sleep if I had to stay. I pulled a double and started my next day's shift at the usual time.

    I have sympathy for certain situations. But if you know it's going to keep getting worse and you're due in just get the heck there, even if you're hours early.

    WE NEED YOU.
    AMEN, I always keep a extra bag in the winter with a uniform and change of clothes in it. Everyone should. No excuses there.
  5. by   lpnstudentin2010
    Well I have have been basically blind my whole life and totally blind since I was 12 and had my eye removed this past january. I do know that I will overcome things. I am getting more comfortable driving, i was TERIFFIED to do it at all at first. I am slowly getting better. I have only had my license for a year though so i donot even have that much experience driving so right now it scares the he!! out of me to drive in that type of weather.

    Quote from Medic04
    Maybe, but I have faith in you. The more you drive the better you will do. How do I know? I am blind in my right eye since childhood. Totally.
    Worn glasses and vision in my good eye 20/40 with correction at best.

    Again things may scare me, but I got over that. I think in time you'll do fine too and you will overcome many things.

    There are many ice and snow storms I went out into, cause there was no one else to do so. If they are willing to give you a ride, or check to see if they will even. Many hospitals do and all you have to do is ask.
  6. by   Medic04
    Quote from JustaPatient
    Well I have have been basically blind my whole life and totally blind since I was 12 and had my eye removed this past january. I do know that I will overcome things. I am getting more comfortable driving, i was TERIFFIED to do it at all at first. I am slowly getting better. I have only had my license for a year though so i donot even have that much experience driving so right now it scares the he!! out of me to drive in that type of weather.
    Again as I said, you will overcome. I have faith in you. You seem a strong person, do not let fear lead you. I hope you heal and I know in time you will drive great. Ice or not
  7. by   Valerie Salva
    My employer has a few 4WD specially equipped vehicles, and they come pick nurses up in the event of ice/snow storms.
    Last edit by Valerie Salva on Dec 15, '07 : Reason: error
  8. by   NursingAgainstdaOdds
    Well, we're getting ready for our second storm in a week.

    The first one went OK, the brunt of the storm occurred while I was at work and the roads were OK by the time I had to drive again (HEY lookie there! an actual benefit to working a 12!). I'm a little nervous about tomorrow because we're expecting lots of snow, then lots of ice, then lots more snow. Eeek.

    It does really bother me that it's the same people always calling-in for bad weather. Same people that will call-in for any other lame excuse. I wouldn't care, however it's really frustrating to get up super early, fight my way through snow and ice to get to work, only to be rewarded with a HUGE patient load and/or no aides, no WC, etc. Yay for me, now I get to work my arse off.

    I'm leavin' early and taking the hubby's cell tomorrow AM. Wish me luck.
  9. by   mercyteapot
    Um, unless I'm mistaken the "P" in PTO is supposed to stand for "personal". Shouldn't that mean that if the weather poses a personal barrier for you to arrive to work in one piece you should be allowed to use it to compensate for your lost day off? What a stupid policy! IMHO, the only time PTO shouldn't be allowed to be used is to compensate someone who's been suspended for cause.
  10. by   lpnstudentin2010
    Quote from Medic04
    Again as I said, you will overcome. I have faith in you. You seem a strong person, do not let fear lead you. I hope you heal and I know in time you will drive great. Ice or not

    thank you you are very sweet.
  11. by   Medic04
    Quote from mercyteapot
    Um, unless I'm mistaken the "P" in PTO is supposed to stand for "personal". Shouldn't that mean that if the weather poses a personal barrier for you to arrive to work in one piece you should be allowed to use it to compensate for your lost day off? What a stupid policy! IMHO, the only time PTO shouldn't be allowed to be used is to compensate someone who's been suspended for cause.

    True, but we are not allowed to take PTO from right before Christmas and almost through all of Jan, it is a stupid policy too, but that is the rule, and they have it listed in the employee handbook where I am, rules are rules weither we like them or not. Those that break the rules ( even unfair to the rest of us) are punished, even if loss of money.

    We do not make the rules, wea are to obey them, we also have no bad weather call out no pay here do we like it, no, but that is how it is.

    As said, the "same folks" call in time and time. They have to stop it somehow.
  12. by   celery
    I too will not risk my life to come into work. If the hospital wants to send someone way the heck out into the country to see what my hour long drive is like, they are welcome to come. I will give them hot chocolate. But I am not getting in a vehicle with them. If it is too unsafe for me to drive, it is too unsafe for me to ride. As others have said, I will deal with the consequences later, although I find it hard to believe they will fire me over this when they are so needful of nurses.
  13. by   flashpoint
    I don't like the idea of risking my life to get to work. I am lucky enough to have an office type job, so if I don't show up tomorrow, I can always make it up later in the week. I do, however watch the weather and if I don't think I am going to make it in the morning, I'll go in the afternoon or night before. My facility has an apartment that we can stay in if we need to...I also have an air mattress in my car and can crash in my office if I need to. Almost everyone where I work drives 15-50 miles, so they try to accomodate us if we need to stay...they aren't very forgiving if people can't make it though.

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