Drive to work pregnant in state of emergency? - page 5

by mamaxmaria 7,887 Views | 47 Comments

So I live in NJ, where we are expecting a major storm to hit Monday into Tuesday. I am an ER tech in a large level 2. Normally I would be the one willing to work during a major storm, willing to stay over and travel in bad... Read More


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    Quote from veroniicaxoxo
    Like I posted I have a young son, single mom, father not in his life. And while he comes before anything I know I'm risking loosing my job and than won't be able to provide for him and be able to finish my final year of school. So my personal thoughts are you do what you need to do to provide for your children, but I also wouldn't be able to screw over the entire staff who was there for me when i found out i was pregnant and when his father left, who sent him gifts, and visited him in the hospital when he was very sick. so doing whats right 'no matter what' means not messing up the job thats given me the flexibility of being home with my son for four full days out of the week and usually only being gone from 7p to 730am unless like tonight I am working an extra shift.
    Your not " screwing them over". Sounds like these people would rather you be with your son than at work during a disaster. Just sayin'
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    Quote from MomRN0913
    Your not " screwing them over". Sounds like these people would rather you be with your son than at work during a disaster. Just sayin'

    When I'm not the only one with young children at home, if everyone else is expected to be at work why am i excluded? Also I have some serious medical issues that put me in the hospital last year at this time, I take blood thinners have some restrictions. So if god forbid there was some kinda of accident i'd be in some serious conditions. just saying
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    And OP, as far as not being as essential asthe nurses, can we just be real and recognize that as a really weaksauce argument? In places I work that have techs, my workload and patient ratio presumes I have a tech available to help me to get everything done. Working short a tech absolutely effects patient care because now I'm taking my stable patients to and from CT and U/S and hopefully my unstable patients aren't deteriorating while I'm gone. Or those stable patients wait longer to get their care, lengthening their stay, taking up a bed from the next who knows what from the waiting room or from EMS.

    I appreciate you concerns for safety. Arguing that you're not that important anyway just sounds like heavy duty justifying.
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    Ok, well I did not go in and I do not give a **** who remembers that I did or did not. I have 4 kids and I am not saying I am any more important than any of you. I am saying that I do not base my decisions on you. It doesn't matter to me that you do not appreciate that because at the end of the day believe it or not we do not have to be friends. My job is a means to an end not a place to make friends. We never have to go to the movies or have holiday meals or barbecues. I would however like to see all of my children grow up as I would guess all of you would as well. Yes I do understand that patients are at the hospital. My only scheduled day because I am prn was Sunday and no I am not going in early nor packing any extra bags to be there during a hurricane. Personally, I am counting down the days until I am finished with graduate school so that floor nursing is a distant memory. We should not all have to act like we are martyrs risking life and limb going above and beyond while the hospitals give us nothing in return but hey you better meet those patient satisfaction goals.
    Last edit by JustBeachyNurse on Nov 1, '12
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    Quote from Mom To 4
    Ok, well I did not go in and I do not give a **** who remembers that I did or did not. I have 4 kids and I am not saying I am any more important than any of you. I am saying that I do not base my decisions on you. It doesn't matter to me that you do not appreciate that because at the end of the day believe it or not we do not have to be friends. My job is a means to an end not a place to make friends. We never have to go to the movies or have holiday meals or barbecues. I would however like to see all of my children grow up as I would guess all of you would as well. Yes I do understand that patients are at the hospital. My only scheduled day because I am prn was Sunday and no I am not going in early nor packing any extra bags to be there during a hurricane. Personally, I am counting down the days until I am finished with graduate school so that floor nursing is a distant memory. We should not all have to act like we are martyrs risking life and limb going above and beyond while the hospitals give us nothing in return but hey you better meet those patient satisfaction goals.

    So, how did your job react? Were they staffed ok and understanding?
    Last edit by JustBeachyNurse on Nov 1, '12
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    They didn't say anything. They said ok.
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    It sounds like it worked out ok then.
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    I hope everyone faired well during the storm. I was lucky to only be without power for a few days, others are still waiting.

    Just wanted to let everyone know I went into work Tuesday afternoon, and when I got there I found out the girl that was supposed to work my 3-11pm shift Monday never even showed up! no call or anything... I had worked her shift the night before. I asked my charge why she didn't call me, she said she would never ask a pregnant woman to drive in that type of weather....


    hope everyone is safe


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