Inclement weather conditions...mandatory to work?

  1. How do you more seasoned nurses deal with this?

    I'm in the path of hurricane Florence, scheduled to work this weekend and honestly don't know what to do.

    I love my job and appreciate my patients, but my job sent out an email saying we have to be to work. I have a child to think of, so I'm clueless. I'm trying to wait until it happens to see if the conditions are actually drivable but at the same time plan ahead.

    So what are your thoughts on Nurses having to chose between their jobs and safety of themselves and family??
    Last edit by Brian S. on Sep 14
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  3. by   Sour Lemon
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    How do you more seasoned nurses deal with this?

    I'm in the path of hurricane Florence, scheduled to work this weekend and honestly don't know what to do.

    I love my job and appreciate my patients, but my job sent out an email saying we have to be to work. I have a child to think of, so I'm clueless. I'm trying to wait until it happens to see if the conditions are actually drivable but at the same time plan ahead.

    So what are your thoughts on Nurses having to chose between their jobs and safety of themselves and family??
    What would you expect the nursing staff to do if your own child were hospitalized?
  4. by   8Lovenursing8
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    What would you expect the nursing staff to do if your own child were hospitalized?
    I get your point but my job doesn't even have a plan on how we should prepare. If it were me, what good would it be if the nurse ends up dead or injured?
  5. by   meanmaryjean
    Go in ahead of the storm. Stay 'til it's over.

    I've spent 3+ days at work due to a blizzard. It sucks, and I left two littles at home with their dad. Nurses are 'essential personnel'. We are needed.
  6. by   Wuzzie
    But shouldn't you be the one with the plan on how to prepare? Seems to me that if you live in a hurricane prone area trying to figure out what to do 24 hours before the storm makes landfall when you've had ample time to get things in place is not the best approach. And now you're in a pickle. You'll have to do what you think is best for you and you're child but you may have to sacrifice your job to carry that out.
  7. by   Aunt Slappy
    You became a nurse and choose to live in a place where this is a known risk, much like snow in Iowa. Go to work.
  8. by   8Lovenursing8
    Quote from Wuzzie
    But shouldn't you be the one with the plan on how to prepare? Seems to me that if you live in a hurricane prone area trying to figure out what to do 24 hours before the storm makes landfall when you've had ample time to get things in place is not the best approach. And now you're in a pickle. You'll have to do what you think is best for you and you're child but you may have to sacrifice your job to carry that out.
    Correct, but most jobs would send out an massive email. Telling staff to come in early, prepare to stay and etc. Not just act like it doesn't exist.
  9. by   8Lovenursing8
    Quote from Aunt Slappy
    You became a nurse and choose to live in a place where this is a known risk, much like snow in Iowa. Go to work.
    Actually I'm not living in a place known as hurricane risk. We haven't had an hurricane since 1989. Thats why I asked for opinions of others.
  10. by   8Lovenursing8
    Quote from meanmaryjean
    Go in ahead of the storm. Stay 'til it's over.

    I've spent 3+ days at work due to a blizzard. It sucks, and I left two littles at home with their dad. Nurses are 'essential personnel'. We are needed.
    Thanks!!! I plan to do that. But also thought my job would send out safety plans as well. Just seems odd. Just wanted other tips.
  11. by   elkpark
    Quote from 8Lovenursing8
    Correct, but most jobs would send out an massive email. Telling staff to come in early, prepare to stay and etc. Not just act like it doesn't exist.
    Perhaps they feel it should be obvious to employees that they need to make whatever preparations are necessary for them to be able to come to work. It's not like Florence is a secret and employees might not be aware it's coming. I've worked in a variety of different areas over my career with a variety of different kinds of bad weather. It's always been the responsibility of the employees to make whatever arrangements were necessary, in enough time, to be able to show up for work.

    I hope you will all be okay there -- best wishes!
  12. by   8Lovenursing8
    Quote from elkpark
    Perhaps they feel it should be obvious to employees that they need to make whatever preparations are necessary for them to be able to come to work. It's not like Florence is a secret and employees might not be aware it's coming. I've worked in a variety of different areas over my career with a variety of different kinds of bad weather. It's always been the responsibility of the employees to make whatever arrangements were necessary, in enough time, to be able to show up for work.

    I hope you will all be okay there -- best wishes!
    Maybe its just me, but everyone should be on board and follow a plan. Such as what happens if and if such happens. But thanks guys! Bye
  13. by   Aunt Slappy
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    Actually I'm not living in a place known as hurricane risk. We haven't had an hurricane since 1989. Thats why I asked for opinions of others.
    Everywhere on the east coast from Florida to Maine is a known hurricane risk, as is the entire Gulf of Mexico.
  14. by   FolksBtrippin
    I'm going to say something different here. Being a nurse does not come before being a mom to a 2 year old.

    Protect yourself and your family at all costs.

    During hurricance Sandy, a nurse in Staten Island set off in her SUV with her 2 small boys in the car to drop them off at daycare. En route, there was a storm surge, think ocean waves crashing in the street. Her car began to fill with water. She unstrapped her kids from their carseats and put them on top of the car. Then suddenly, a wave came and swept her children away. They were both killed. She survived, swimming and walking the streets for hours looking for them.

    Do not be her. If you can't go in, other people will have to stay which isn't the end of the world. If your employer fires you for it, at least you and your family are safe. You can always get a new job. My love and prayers to you.

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