Quote from OR male nurse
I live in Wisconsin. If you know you are on call and the roads are bad, bring a backpack with some clothes and your toothbrush. I call and get a room in the hospital with a shower. It's whatever it takes but we would never cancel surgeries. Like a previous poster, you shouldn't risk you life to get to the OR but need to know what the weather is like. We've all been there and have had to stay overnight either in a room, or on the couch in the Dr.'s lounge.
It comes with the job.
We all know that call comes with the job but not all of us are prepared for another BLIZZARD of '78 !
I was rather young but I remember, there are times when you just can't get in. It is not the weather that you know about but the one you don't that can take you by surprize........the blizzard that year was not predicted to be that severe. In the midwest most folks are not used to waking up to drifts higher than their windows. In my previous post I said to not risk your life or someone elses. That is exactly what I meant. Surgery schedules are cancelled due to weather all the time. Hurricanes and blizzards and floods can wreck havoc with even the most rigid/ non-flexible schedules. Been there done that...................
I also work as and EMT. If Cindyy Youwho RN decides to try and get to work in here corvette convertable through 3 foot drifts just who do you think is going to have to go out and pull her out of the ditch?
Just use common sense. follow your hospitals policy and do the best you can. ie keep an overnite bag in your locker at work and in your car. include pb and j just in case the hospital runs out of food. ( the patients get fed and then the staff ) I keep a few cans of soup too.
We can all leave earlier to get to work but not all of us have access to a four wheel drive truck or a snowmobile. In 78 those were the only way alot of people could get to work-- shoot that was the way alot of patients got to the hospitale too!
it's that little tid bit that they don't always teach you in school......................................