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Can I please get a Parking Spot!

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ArrowRN has 3 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Med Surg, Vascular, E.N.T.

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How's the parking at your facility?

  1. 1. How's the parking at your facility?

    • I pay parking fees and get a good spot
    • I pay parking fees but have a long walk
    • I have free parking and a long walk
    • I have free parking and get shuttled and a long walk.
    • It's not an issue for me or I just leave the car at home

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nurse__joy has 5 years experience.

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My hospital has a large parking garage for patients and visitors that we're not supposed to park in. It's a flat $5 daily fee, but staff members are not supposed to park there even if they're willing to pay. It's understandable in my mind since we're a HUGE county hospital for a major city. We have thousands of people in the building at any given time. Employees have free parking in a lot somewhat farther than the other parking garage. I make it to my unit (on the 14th floor) in usually less than 10 minutes, but I walk fast.

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kbrn2002 has 25 years experience as a ADN, RN and specializes in Geriatrics.

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I don't work in a hospital so parking is not an issue. That being said, parking is one of the reasons I don't want to work in a hospital. The employee lots at one of our hospitals are 2 and 3 blocks away. When my Mom worked there years ago a nurse was raped on her way to the lot after work. For awhile the hospital provided a security escort to your car if you asked, but only if you asked and then you had to wait for somebody from security. After a little while of that they still provided a security escort, but only would walk a group of nurses to the lot so you had to hope a group was ready to leave. I don't believe they ever did provide security from your car to the hospital so apparently arriving to work safely wasn't a priority. Of course as time passed that disappeared altogether. Adding to the safety issues the parking fees for the privilege of walking through our wonderful winter weather to get back and forth were ridiculous. The other hospital isn't much better. At least there you can park in the ramp. The top 2 floors only and the cost again is outrageous.

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kbrn2002 has 25 years experience as a ADN, RN and specializes in Geriatrics.

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I don't work days, so that's not an issue for me. My colleages that do work days? Forget about it. They have to park where they can find it in a congested city neighborhood, most of them metered four hour spots too. :( Now don't get me started on where nurses can take their breaks!!!

That a whole other can of worm's isn't it? My Mom was hospitalized recently, it took me 7-10 minutes to walk from the visitor lot to her floor. I was thinking if I actually worked at that hospital what would be the point of even taking a 15 minute break? Just getting from the floor to outside takes over half that time.

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Interesting! I worked as a CNA at a regional hospital in the deep South. I parked with the nurses, on a designated floor of the the parking deck for night shift staff - cameras and lights for our safety. We did have to leave the parking deck by 9am - day shift parked around the side of the building, with a slightly longer walk to the door....but nothing an able-bodied worker could not handle. My car was in the deck a few times "after hours", like when I met my study group at the hospital during the day, and I never got a ticket. They were pretty lenient, from what I could see: I'm sure if there was a public event or something I might have gotten a ticket, but it was not ever a problem for me.

From what I understood, the parking was included - the decal came with your badge. No itemized fee, in any case.

Hats off to all you urban nurses! The hoops you have to jump though blow my mind!

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humerusRN has 7 years experience.

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I truly can't imagine paying for parking!!!! Travesty. I park for free, in a lit garage with security. Now, I do have to hike to work (it's 0.5 miles to my elevators, I have clocked it lol) - but the walk is indoors through medical plazas and skywalks.

I can't even complain. Hats off to those of you paying crazy amounts!!!!

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MrNurse(x2) has 28 years experience as a ADN and specializes in IMC, school nursing.

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We ARE unionized!

Sometimes the "company" institutes policies after unionization.

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applesxoranges is a BSN, RN and specializes in ER.

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I quit a large hospital over the parking. Many hospitals are moving towards getting rid of specialized parking lots with the exception of cath lab and surgeons since you don't want them floating around delaying surgery.

But honestly, all staff needs decent parking. Doctors should not hsve special privileges.

Large facility with ridiculous parking was 65 a month. Current one is 15 a pay check. The difference is the employee parking is a lot better

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Penelope_Pitstop has 13 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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(Not-so) fun story...an NP friend of mine was cited by public safety for parking in a parking space designated as "physician parking." Seriously, an NP! She was outraged (and rightly so) but unfortunately went to Facebook to complain and ended up losing her position with the company.

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