Fired Due to Not Being Able to Get to Work - page 3

Hi everyone. I joined this page to ask this specific question. I used to be a PCA, and am currently a college student. During my winter break, I was home and there was a snow storm that made... Read More

  1. by   Studentworker
    Quote from Sour Lemon
    Sooo, what were you hoping to accomplish by sharing your story here? Maybe you should have framed it as a rant instead of asking other people if they thought you were right/wrong.
    I really just wanted to know if there was anything else I could have said or done, for example calling in sick etc rather than trying to give advanced notice. Getting new tires, etc. wasn't something that could be done in the moment, but I do know that sometimes health care professionals are in the same situation with weather and cannot make it in, this was asking if anything I did was just wrong. I apologize if my story came out the wrong way, communication online isn't the same as in person.
  2. by   Julius Seizure
    Quote from Studentworker
    I was scheduled to come in that night for an overnight, and had told my employer I probably wouldn't be able to get there due to the snow over 24 hours in advance.
    Quote from meanmaryjean
    This is why you got fired.

    Yup. Calling in over a day early suggests (correctly or not) that you could have kept trying to figure out a way to make it to work for your shift, but instead decided to just not try. If you wanted to address it that far ahead of schedule with your employer, it probably would have gone over better to say that you do intend on fulfilling your work commitment, but need help facilitating that - whether it means a way to come in early, someone to pick you up on their way in, whatever. Then, if nothing else, it looks like you are really trying your darndest to come to work. And maybe they will be able to help you actually make it in for your shift, too.
  3. by   Studentworker
    My parents do pay for the insurance which I am lucky for, but I do pay for my gas (which is why my car takes me to school and back and that's about it). No, there is no public transportation, I live in a rather rural area. The only public transportation near me is for the university, but it only goes around the university, not elsewhere.
  4. by   Been there,done that
    Quote from Studentworker
    I didn't purchase my car, it was given to me by a relative, which was quite lucky since my parents weren't able to get me one. Obviously at 17 and needing transportation to get to your waitressing job, I took it with no complaints because a car is a car! If it was my option to choose I most definitely would've chosen something safer in poor weather. I work at on office so the hours are the regular 8-5 hours, and my classes are all afternoon/evening, so I had to make sure my mornings were clear so that I could still work. I work the max hours I can, going in when it opens and leaving to make it to class on time, so I can't add on. trust me I would if I could, 9 hours isn't cutting it!! However I don't have time to get all my coursework done as is and am scrambling to do as much as I can between classes as possible, so it's probably better off since school should be #1. But yes, you work 9:30 to whatever time the morning shift ends (can range from 6-8) but you only get paid and are able to document 9:30 pm-12:00 am. Coincidently my NP told me to consider quitting sout 2 days before haha
    That is a boatload of excuses.. for driving an unsafe car. Learn to prioritize now.. before you are responsible for the lives of patients.
  5. by   Studentworker
    Quote from Julius Seizure
    Yup. Calling in over a day early suggests (correctly or not) that you could have kept trying to figure out a way to make it to work for your shift, but instead decided to just not try. If you wanted to address it that far ahead of schedule with your employer, it probably would have gone over better to say that you do intend on fulfilling your work commitment, but need help facilitating that - whether it means a way to come in early, someone to pick you up on their way in, whatever. Then, if nothing else, it looks like you are really trying your darndest to come to work. And maybe they will be able to help you actually make it in for your shift, too.
    Okay, thank you. This was the discussion I was trying to have. I've never had to do that before, and so I had no idea what to say and thought advance notice was more helpful. Essentially what I said was that I am unsure what will happen but will try to figure something out in some shape or form. I didn't say that I could not come in, because I was waiting to see if the snow would actually be what the new said (sometimes it only ends up snowing 2 inches when they say 8! Haha) I made it clear that I was trying to talk to everyone, I messaged about 60 people which probably annoyed them, but I would've rather tried than just not bothered. I made sure to keep the driveway clear so my car could at least get out of the garage, but I can't plow the roads unfortunately. I asked if there was any way that I could be helped, as I was running out of options, and was just told "figure it out". If I had gotten stuck in a ditch or gotten into a crash, I wouldn't be able to make it either, and would be stuck waiting 12 hours for help (this actually happened to my father a few years ago). That would be much worse than this I suppose. Which I did, just not in the way that would've benefited us both. It happens and my life isn't over,
  6. by   Studentworker
    I don't understand how those are simply just excuses. All I did was explain and answer questions that were asked.. The car is safe when not attempting to drive in a foot of snow. I don't drive when there is poor weather because it is not safe. Prioritizing my schoolwork over making money and making do with what I have at the moment is not "excuses".
  7. by   dbuy3
    Quote from Been there,done that
    That is a boatload of excuses.. for driving an unsafe car. Learn to prioritize now.. before you are responsible for the lives of patients.
    Pretty sure they said they aren't going to be a nurse. On another note, I wonder how many posters here have actually lived in an area where ice storms occur. In all my many years of driving the only time I've ever been in an accident was in an ice storm, and that was driving a very nice new car as well.

    While I agree that we should do everything in our power to maintain a safe vehicle, I'm sure you also agree that showing compassion for someone in an unfortunate situation is a vital quality. One that sadly is missing all too often today.
  8. by   Wuzzie
    Quote from Studentworker
    I really just wanted to know if there was anything else I could have said or done, for example calling in sick etc rather than trying to give advanced notice. Getting new tires, etc. wasn't something that could be done in the moment, but I do know that sometimes health care professionals are in the same situation with weather and cannot make it in, this was asking if anything I did was just wrong. I apologize if my story came out the wrong way, communication online isn't the same as in person.
    The thing is you've managed to proverbially "step in it" by unknowingly re-launching a hot-button topic here on AN. As nurses we are expected to show up to work even in the middle of natural disasters because patients need to be cared for regardless of the situations surrounding them. The general consensus is to not look too highly on people who call out for weather. To us it demonstrates poor work ethic. We don't have much sympathy when it comes to this. Your situation is slightly different as you are still basically a kid so there are circumstances that are a bit out of your control. Julius made a good suggestion about calling your supervisor for help problem solving. Frankly, that's what your parents are for but we needn't go into that right now. I'm sorry you're in such a situation and that you lost your job. You tried to do the right thing and it backfired. Unfortunately you have learned a very hard lesson about consequences of your decisions. Sometimes they don't seem fair but they are what they are. Really the only thing I can tell you is find a new job (a better one) and move on.

    And for heaven's sake get some new tires so you don't kill yourself.
  9. by   MunoRN
    Maybe I'm showing my age, but I'm not really clear why you absolutely couldn't get there. Even if it's a long walk and it's snowing, dress warm and leave early.
  10. by   Studentworker
    Quote from MunoRN
    Maybe I'm showing my age, but I'm not really clear why you absolutely couldn't get there. Even if it's a long walk and it's snowing, dress warm and leave early.
    You are suggesting that I walk 15 miles in the dark in a snow storm? When there are people driving that could very easily hit me if they lose control of their car somehow?
  11. by   KatieMI
    If you want ever to be in nursing/medical field and live in place where snow happens, learn to drive on it and leave at least 2.5 x your normal time. Or pick a cheap motel somewhere near the place you work (people in facilities usually know about such places).Because otherwise you'll be in this situation over and over again.

    Said by someone who drives Toyota sedans through the famous lake effect regularly and never had a problem. Just keep it slow, steady and straight.
  12. by   MunoRN
    Quote from Studentworker
    You are suggesting that I walk 15 miles in the dark in a snow storm? When there are people driving that could very easily hit me if they lose control of their car somehow?
    I am actually, life isn't easy, and this would hardly be the most trying thing that a lot of people manage to get through on a daily basis.

    I'm not clear why you haven't considered just putting chains on your car?
  13. by   Studentworker
    Luckily I don't plan on living anywhere with snow in the future; it's just not something I can control at this point in my life. When I begin an actual career and have real hours and pay, obviously a 4-wheel drive car is the plan, regardless of where I live! My area and school are actual farmland, so there isn't any motels etc. In the future if there is something like that close by my work, that will be very useful for sure.

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