My well-wishes for safety during the storm are not just for Indiana nurses although I originally addressed it to Indiana nurses. The entire midwest is getting hit hard and I am hoping that we can all make it through this safely.
I live in central Indiana at this time and we are getting iced in pretty good. My friends and family in northern Indiana tell me they are at near blizzard conditions this morning....boy do I remember those lake effect snows from when I lived up in Kosciusko County. My heart goes out to all nurses, especially those of us in the snowbelt today. Be safe out there!
Can'tWait2Nurse, If you work in a hospital, they expect you to give it your best shot at getting to work. Hospitals do not close and they have to have nurses. I have always lived close to work and usually don't have a problem getting there. Husbands do come in handy..
Some of my coworkers who live out of town may have problems but they always try so I don't usually mind if I have to work over or work extra days to cover for them. I don't like to go in on my days off for other units but if snow emergencys are called and they need the help they CAN mandate you to come. They may have to find ways for you to get there though. If it isn't safe to drive, it isn't safe to drive.
If you really don't want to work in these conditions...don't work in a hospital or a nursing home. Or work close to home.
Charebec65, when I was in clinicals, wayyyyyyy back in the dark ages, I had to drive 45 miles to get to the clinical site and regardless of the weather, we were expected to be there. Our instructors said it was because as nurses we would not be excused because of the weather and so they would not excuse us as students either. Talk about hair raising experiences.....glad that is over. My longest commute to work now is 2 miles..
Glad you get to stay home today. Enjoy!