Fired Due to Not Being Able to Get to Work - page 4

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 MunoRN
    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?
    That is absolutely bonkers.. I am not a Navy Seal. I do not think $25 is worth walking that far in that type of weather, and I don't believe most commenters on this website would walk for 5 hours in weather like that either. Considering my family and I were even numb from shoveling the driveway, perhaps walking isn't a viable option.

    Again, like I have said before, I *cannot afford* these things. If I had money, I really wouldn't be driving a car like mine.
  2. by   Studentworker
    Quote from MunoRN
    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?
    If something had happened to me and I had to go to a hospital somehow, I don't think any nurse would be telling me that I should've made it anyway. That is far from the compassionate personality nurses that I know have
  3. by   thatgirl2478
    I think you'll get over being let go. It sucks in the short term but in the long term you'll be ok. Walking 15 miles in a snow storm is probably a little extreme, if you were MY kid, I wouldn't want you doing that (but then, if you were my kid I would have helped get you there or at a minimum helped you put some decent used tires on your car).

    If you can't add additional hours at the current job, can you pick up another? It sounds like you live in an area similar to where I grew up, which means there may not be much to choose from, but maybe there are some kids you could watch on the weekend or a restaurant that needs help. How long until you're 21 and can maybe bartend (I hear it's relatively lucrative if your friendly)? It won't help now, but are there summer jobs you could work like a maniac? Pizza delivery (obviously you'll need decent tires for that)? I know none of those give you experience, but sometimes money is more important.

    I wish you well trying to figure out a way out of this!
  4. by   caliotter3
    I suggest that you do not take on similar employment until you can provide yourself with reliable transportation. Getting fired more than once for this reason will not be good for your work history.
  5. by   Horseshoe
    Quote from Studentworker
    If something had happened to me and I had to go to a hospital somehow, I don't think any nurse would be telling me that I should've made it anyway. That is far from the compassionate personality nurses that I know have

    But here's the thing about nurses not coming in to work due to weather. Please note that there is a nurse who has probably worked a 12 hour shift all night long who COUNTS on the day shift nurse to come in so she can go home and sleep. Surely you don't think the night shift can work another 12 hour shift after being up all night? This is the thing people just don't get. There is a nurse waiting for me to show up so they can go home. Not coming in is just patently unfair to the person waiting for relief. When a known snow storm is pending, nurses are expected to make arrangements to get there, whether that means getting a hotel room within walking distance, sharing a hotel with coworkers, staying with a friend/relative who lives near the facility, staying at the hospital for a couple of days, whatever it takes. Nursing is usually a 24/7 thing, 365 days a year.

    An office job is another story, but you are asking this question on a nursing forum. Most nurses (not all certainly) are working in facilities where nurses are needed to relieve an offgoing shift. Working too many hours with no sleep is DANGEROUS for patients.
  6. by   MunoRN
    Quote from Studentworker
    That is absolutely bonkers.. I am not a Navy Seal. I do not think $25 is worth walking that far in that type of weather, and I don't believe most commenters on this website would walk for 5 hours in weather like that either. Considering my family and I were even numb from shoveling the driveway, perhaps walking isn't a viable option.

    Again, like I have said before, I *cannot afford* these things. If I had money, I really wouldn't be driving a car like mine.
    Then why do you make this commitment to begin with?
  7. by   TriciaJ
    Unfortunately, your employer needs someone she can rely on to get to the job and do it, because someone is relying on her to provide the caregiver. She is not in a position to tolerate no-shows, even if she was sympathetic to your plight. So you are young, broke, drive a crap car, live in a rural area with no public transportation and had a job in a location with no amenities. The whole thing was doable for you, except for the fact that you are also in an area that can be hit by snow storms. When the big storm hit and you couldn't get to your job, it was no longer doable.

    This is the kind of thing that happens to us all when we are young. We lack certain resources and sometimes good planning skills and then something bad happens. And then we learn. Now you will find a way to put better tires on your car and you will find a job that doesn't depend so highly on you getting there in all weather.

    Eventually you will finish school, have a better paying job, live in a place more to your liking and have more reliable transportation. Until then, grit your teeth and keep moving.
  8. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from Studentworker
    I did not post this to get hammered about my car. If you did not read correctly I am 20 years old and an undergrad. I work 9 hours a week at my other job and pay for other bills. My parents do not pay for really anything for me, so please do not say "get a new car", because that is the least helpful advice to someone who does not have even a percentage of the money to buy that. Hence the "student worker". I do not plan on being a nurse, and I think I'm smart enough to know that living in a snowy climate requires a good car. However, again, I am 20 years old. I didn't get to CHOOSE where I live and was raised. When I HAVE a career and actual income, I will have a safer car. Not all of you were born with money I'm assuming, so perhaps be understanding.
    I wasn't born with money -- we didn't have indoor plumbing or electricity until I went to college. I didn't get to choose that, either. However, at 20 I had a safe car that I bought used. (No one gave me a car.) And had I known about snow 24 hours in advance, I would have left for town well before the snowstorm so I could safely get to work. It's not a fun thing to do, but it was better than getting fired. I think your attitude is perhaps part of the problem. If I had an employee who called off due to a snowstorm 24 hours in advance without even TRYING to get to work and then slammed everyone he worked with for not working his shift FOR him, I don't think I'd feel all that badly about firing him.
  9. by   Studentworker
    Quote from thatgirl2478
    I think you'll get over being let go. It sucks in the short term but in the long term you'll be ok. Walking 15 miles in a snow storm is probably a little extreme, if you were MY kid, I wouldn't want you doing that (but then, if you were my kid I would have helped get you there or at a minimum helped you put some decent used tires on your car).

    If you can't add additional hours at the current job, can you pick up another? It sounds like you live in an area similar to where I grew up, which means there may not be much to choose from, but maybe there are some kids you could watch on the weekend or a restaurant that needs help. How long until you're 21 and can maybe bartend (I hear it's relatively lucrative if your friendly)? It won't help now, but are there summer jobs you could work like a maniac? Pizza delivery (obviously you'll need decent tires for that)? I know none of those give you experience, but sometimes money is more important.

    I wish you well trying to figure out a way out of this!
    I actually do babysit when I can! Usually weekends and a weeknight here and there when I have the time. Since it's usually just date nights or similar things it makes me flexible and good, easy money. I work a lot during the summer at my office job, so I'll be much better off once school is done for the year. I try to limit working during the semester, since I'd much rather get up earlier and go straight to class after rather than be out later than I already am. I don't get home until 8-9 PM every weeknight and then have limited time for schoolwork, so I wouldn't want to limit that time further. I don't mind not having a lot of money during school time. It's annoying, sure, but if I'm already struggling to balance everything I don't want to add on and see my grades suffer!
  10. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from Studentworker
    If something had happened to me and I had to go to a hospital somehow, I don't think any nurse would be telling me that I should've made it anyway. That is far from the compassionate personality nurses that I know have
    And I'm still not sure why you didn't consider just putting chains on your car. Bashing posters for not being compassionate enough reeks of entitled attitude. If you were expected at work, you were expected at work. Despite your many excuses, you didn't attempt to get to work. So you were fired. I don't understand why you believe that your lack of preparation/effort should be someone else's problem.
  11. by   Studentworker
    Quote from Ruby Vee
    I wasn't born with money -- we didn't have indoor plumbing or electricity until I went to college. I didn't get to choose that, either. However, at 20 I had a safe car that I bought used. (No one gave me a car.) And had I known about snow 24 hours in advance, I would have left for town well before the snowstorm so I could safely get to work. It's not a fun thing to do, but it was better than getting fired. I think your attitude is perhaps part of the problem. If I had an employee who called off due to a snowstorm 24 hours in advance without even TRYING to get to work and then slammed everyone he worked with for not working his shift FOR him, I don't think I'd feel all that badly about firing him.

    I am not sure where I would go and safely stay before the storm if there isn't somewhere for me to go? I did not slam coworkers for not taking a shift. I didn't expect anyone to unless they were already on campus and willing. Nor did I even want to ask around because I don't want someone else driving in bad weather, not just myself. But I asked around just in case. If ou had read previous comments, I did not call off. Nor did I "not even try", which was also in my original post. I think trying to drive there and not making it out of your neighborhood is an effort. Trying to be honest about being worried about your situation and see if your employer has any ideas or any way to help you to drom
    point A to point B is not calling out.
  12. by   Studentworker
    Quote from Ruby Vee
    And I'm still not sure why you didn't consider just putting chains on your car. Bashing posters for not being compassionate enough reeks of entitled attitude. If you were expected at work, you were expected at work. Despite your many excuses, you didn't attempt to get to work. So you were fired. I don't understand why you believe that your lack of preparation/effort should be someone else's problem.
    Again, I didn't "not attempt to get to work". Feel free to read other comments or the original post for reference. Nor did I say it was anyone's problem, I am capable of accepting that things happen and sometimes those things stink. I apologize for being "entitled" for thinking walking 15 miles in the snow is a bad idea for literally anyone. We can't all be Superman I guess.
  13. by   nursesunny
    Quote from Studentworker
    Also, if it were work in a hospital I would have the option to come in early. However, it was an apartment. It's not my job to come in 24 hours earlier while someone else is on the clock.
    I work with wildfires, snow, etc. They don't care why I can't get there...The roads were closed due to a mudslide...yes a mudslide....people died, I was still expected at work. Just FYI, I married at 18, was financially "cut off" from my family (who weren't that well off to begin with). I worked at the opera house, race track, hospital as a secretary, and went to college full time...priorities, stamina, etc. Sorry to say but I would have probably fired you too. Learn from your mistake, don't be defensive, it will probably happen again in your working life. You can be right or you can be employed, the choice is yours.

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