Your employer's policy re: *snow and ice*? - page 8

Hi, I would really appreciate hearing from lots of people about what you do when you have to work but the roads are covered in snow and ice. I get many sarcastic or unrealistic responses from people... Read More

  1. by   Harleygirl
    Tis true the roads often get worse while you are at work.
  2. by   pricklypear
    Quote from ruby vee
    the interesting thing to me is that so many folks are trying to justify staying home from work in inclement weather. no one seems to be trying to justify staying at work rather than driving home when the weather is bad. now why is that? i'm sure the roads are just as bad when headed in the homeward direction as they are when headed towards work.

    ruby
    i haven't been justifying staying home during all bad weather. only weather which is dangerous and driving long distances in it could endanger my own life. as far as getting home, usually by 12 hours after a storm, the roads have been somewhat cleared or salted, and visibility has improved. but the ability to get home could be a concern to someone who's family depends on a tight schedule for child care or other concerns. and it's a legitimate concern.

    as to those who mention that being a nurse carries the sacrifice of doing dangerous things sometimes...huh?????

    police officers, emts and firemen get paid to do dangerous things on the job. not me. i'm not on the clock until i walk through the door. so don't compare me to them by wondering what would happen if ems said "sorry, the weather's too bad to pick up that accident victim."
  3. by   nurse_elyse
    My mom lives about 30 mile from work and always seems to make it in through the snow and ice. We live in the country and there is no city roads for about 10 mile from us. We have no one to plow the roads. I found it funny last year we had a pretty big snow and my mom made it in, but there was a about 4 girls she worked with that lived 2-5 blocks from work and called in because the roads were too bad. Gotta love us country folks
  4. by   jailnurse1033
    Harleygirl, you nailed it on the head - it's been my experience that the people with poor attendance are always the first to call out when there is bad weather (any excuse will do), and those with good attendance make it in as always. We had a snow storm several nights ago and staff from New York made it in (I'm in Vermont), and someone from 2 towns over called out.
  5. by   LadyLesile
    I work PRN so i watch the weather and only work when the weather is good
  6. by   GLORIAmunchkin72
    Sounds like you got it made in the shade.
    Quote from LadyLesile
    I work PRN so i watch the weather and only work when the weather is good
  7. by   LadyLesile
    no i do'nt have it made in the shade i have three boy's a husband and i take care of my mother i did have to work a double once i was so mad it was change over and i was anew nurse now i did have help but i never will do that again still to this day i do'nt like to work the last day of the mounth i like the money of working full time i hope by the time my son who is 15 years old is done with his home schooling i will have my RN
  8. by   GLORIAmunchkin72
    It would "seem" that you had it made in the shade. I have 3 boys also (and a husband) but they are all grown!
    Quote from LadyLesile
    no i do'nt have it made in the shade i have three boy's a husband and i take care of my mother i did have to work a double once i was so mad it was change over and i was anew nurse now i did have help but i never will do that again still to this day i do'nt like to work the last day of the mounth i like the money of working full time i hope by the time my son who is 15 years old is done with his home schooling i will have my RN
  9. by   LadyLesile
    my sons are 20 years old 17 years old and 15 years old i have a good husband i have to work around his work hours what do you think of the stay at home program for RN? i do'nt want to get into a program and make a big mistake
  10. by   NoCrumping
    I dont know what to say about this one.... I mean, I,am in no way interested in risking my life to get to work... but, on the other hand, I do understand that we have a responsibility, and we work in a 24 hour business, and you have to actually get another NURSE to take our place, you cant just call on anybody, or, close the hospital, like you can a potato chip factory.... but there must be some solution??? I mean, its not like if we call out, then they cancel our "workplace" until the weather clears, they have to find another person to replace us.......Anybody have any ideas?
  11. by   RN34TX
    You bring up a valid point. Who will take our places if we all call in during bad weather?
    Well for one, at every place I've worked, administration/management walks around with their badges showing numerous titles after their name, one of which is always "RN" and they seem pretty quick to tell you that they are still nurses even though they've moved into management.
    I seldom see any of them when bad weather strikes even though they are all still supposedly RN's, why can't they chip in and help in times of crisis?

    When I lived up north where it snows, I'd see them leave early all the time to beat snowstorms and such, not even knowing if the night shift would be covered. The second a storm was announced on the news, they were running out the door.
    Someone else pointed out that we are all justifying our not coming to work when the weather is bad but would still drive in it if we were already at work trying to get home.
    Well, look at our examples that have been set for us by our superiors.
  12. by   GLORIAmunchkin72
    To tell you the truth I don't know a whole lot about it. But like you I like to consider my options from afar and very carefully. I don't intend to be just another statistic of this huge system. Timid, maybe but you know what they say : "It doesn't matter how slow you go as long as you get there.":chuckle
    Quote from LadyLesile
    my sons are 20 years old 17 years old and 15 years old i have a good husband i have to work around his work hours what do you think of the stay at home program for RN? i do'nt want to get into a program and make a big mistake
  13. by   Nursenan0
    In our facility, I just happen to live the farthest away. I have missed 1 day in 3 years d/t weather. I do understand that some people are terrified of driving in ice and snow. I think the real problem is when I drive 35 miles in it and the person living 3 blocks away calls in . Yes that really happened. In our facility, even those of us who are in management are expected to show up. We do have many great employees who are willing to cover for people who dont arrive. Our maintenance team also have 4 wheel drives and will pick you up and take you home.

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