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winter weather...slip slidin' away

  1. 0 Compared to what people live with in other areas I'm almost ashamed to vent this but I gotta let it go! We had a couple of inches of snow after midnight and the temp actually rose.The roads were good but when I arrived at work the parking lot was a sheet of black ice.Numerous staff slipped and fell and there was a car accident IN THE FREAKING PARKING LOT! Where was the nursing supervisor?Did she assess the situation? Did anyone THINK to tell the night shift guards to prep the lots prior to shift change? Did they think " Wow,look at that snow,maybe I had better check the sidewalks and parking lot? NO! The crap should really HIT the FAN tomorrow but my DON has a history of blaming the STAFF in this type of situation.We have been told to carry shovels and salt in our cars and that our "stupid shoes" caused us to slip...I'm telling you and I mean this- the next time I roll up in there to a mess like this mornings fiasco I am calling from the car and sitting right in the parking lot until the area is treated.I could fall and get injured to the extent of never being able to work the floor again.....Yikes....
  2. 13 Comments

  3. Visit  Kyrshamarks profile page
    #1 8
    Since when is the nursing supervisor responsible for a parking lot?
  4. Visit  limaRN profile page
    #2 3
    Yeah, I have to agree with Kyrshamarks on this one. The facility/ facility management should try to clear the parking lot for safety but this is not the nursing supervisor's responsibility. I live in New Hampshire and I always bring a shovel in my car because when they plow the parking lot the snow accumulates around our cars and we can get plowed in. The weather here is also never an excuse for being late/ not able to make it to work. We have to plan to sleep at the hospital if it is bad enough. You should plan ahead and bring different shoes or boots in to work if the conditions are rough.
  5. Visit  Nascar nurse profile page
    #3 8
    Try being upset with maintance or whoever else may be responsible. I know everyone loves to beat up on the DON for everything wrong but this one is definately NOT her (his) issue.
  6. Visit  morte profile page
    #4 0
    In smaller nursing homes, the sup IS IT on 11-7, so,yup, it is on her/him to take care of this problem.
  7. Visit  Nascar nurse profile page
    #5 4
    Quote from morte
    In smaller nursing homes, the sup IS IT on 11-7, so,yup, it is on her/him to take care of this problem.
    Nope, I am the DON in a small facility and the nsg supervisor needs to be in the facility taking care of residents. The maintenance guy needs to come in or often times there is a contracted company that is suppose to handle this.

    The OP mentions night guards and the nsg supervisor should have thought to alert them...wondering why the night guards couldn't have figured this out without the nurse having to make an ice assessment from inside the facility (who was likely up to her armpits in ....well you know, and may not have even realized the parking lot was icy)
  8. Visit  eatmysoxRN profile page
    #6 0
    I'm glad I'm not that I supervisor. Apparently she is supposed to be the supervisor of everything. Poor nurse.

    ~ No One Can Make You Feel Inferior Without Your Consent -Eleanor Roosevelt ~
  9. Visit  amoLucia profile page
    #7 1
    Quote from eatmysoxRN
    I'm glad I'm not that I supervisor. Apparently she is supposed to be the supervisor of everything. Poor nurse. ~
    Didn't you know about 'other duties as assigned'???

    As supervisor, I would just call Maint. They have all the shovels, salt, etc locked up. They don't do my med pass, IVs, wound drsgs, etc. I don't do SNOW - that's a 4 letter word!

    Sheesh, I don't even do snow at home. That's what I pay condo fees for!!!
  10. Visit  classicdame profile page
    #8 0
    most nurses wear sneakers and they are considered almost as safe on ice as deck shoes, but hey! Nothing is safe on ice.
  11. Visit  ktwlpn profile page
    #9 0
    Our maintenance dept is not allowed to adjust the heating/air conditioning without word from nursing-that's just the way it is.The nursing supervisors, DON and the admin are ultimatly responsible,IMHO.And telling ME to "plan a head and bring shoes or boots" is missing the point.1#-the area has to be accessible to emergency vehicles and staff and #2 unless you have spiked boots you are not walking across ice and I draw the line at crawling on my hands and knees. The bottom line is it is the reponsibility of adminstration-they must maintain a safe work environment for employees.That particular supervisor GOES OUTSIDE TO SMOKE every 30 to 40 mins all nite so I'm pretty sure she saw the conditions.
    Last edit by ktwlpn on Jan 10, '13
  12. Visit  psu_213 profile page
    #10 0
    Quote from Kyrshamarks
    Since when is the nursing supervisor responsible for a parking lot?
    Thank you....I'm only halfway through reading the OP. In fact, I am at the line "where was the nursing supervisor?" I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who was a bit perplexed by this question.
  13. Visit  morte profile page
    #11 1
    the small place where i work, the only staff in the building on noc shift would be 1 Rn (sup), 2 LPNs and 4/5 aides....who do you think is going to be responsible for checking outside conditions??
  14. Visit  psu_213 profile page
    #12 1
    Quote from ktwlpn
    The nursing supervisors, DON and the admin are ultimatly responsible,IMHO.
    I have a very hard time believing this when it comes to ice in the parking lot. Let's say that written policy says the DON is responsible to make sure the parking lot is clear. Then I'm sure the DON would be out there constantly because of the liability (legal/financial) he/she takes on by being responsible for the parking lot. I just can't believe the policy is written like that. Just because it is your opinion does not make it true. You may not like your DON or nursing supervisors; however, they have no responsibility to make sure the lot is not icy. How many times the supervisor goes to smoke has nothing to do with her responsibility in the matter.

    When I worked at a LTC facility, they made a point of telling us during orientation that an icy parking lot was everyone's responsibility. Yes, it ultimately fell on maintenance to shovel/salt. However, if anyone (nursing supervisor down to dietary aide) saw that their was a potential safety issue--such as a very slick spot in the lot, a giant hole in the sidewalk pavement, etc.--it was their duty to tell maintenance so that they could go out there and correct the issue.