Is leaving before hurricane abandonment - page 10

Hello all, so I am located at the very end of south Florida near the keys! My question is simply this, I'm supposed to work weekend during this hurricane which some are saying could be deadly. I have... Read More

  1. by   kbrn2002
    Quote from elkpark
    The round trip by air is only a few hours each way. Could easily be done in less than a day.
    Sure, it could be done if flights aren't delayed or cancelled as so often happens during emergencies. Not to mention if a flight can be found, heaven only knows what those tickets would cost with everybody trying to get out of town.
  2. by   Kooky Korky
    Quote from greenerpastures
    Check with your facility. Ours has a policy that if one parent is "law enforcement" and the other is hospital personnel, you can be considered exempt because there isn't anyone to care for your children.
    That's a generous policy.
  3. by   Kooky Korky
    Quote from Ruby Vee
    For the love of heaven, how could you possibly have NOT known it was coming? Waiting until the night before and then claiming it's all news to you is disingenuous.
    Maybe she meant didn't know her schedule. She said she got it at the end of August. Even so, that gave her time to figure out what to do.
    She probably wants to keep her son safe and also not lose her job. Hopefully the evacuation orders gave her time off from work.
  4. by   Kooky Korky
    Quote from dla1618
    I thought southern Florida hospitals moved their patients to other hospitals.....unless this isn't a hospital. Screw them.....your child's safety is more important to you...but I'd quit before getting fired. As far as it being the employees responsibility to show up and do their job.....that was an ignorant thing to say because this isn't a normal circumstance. People going to their job in this can get killed. What kind of job would she do and safely at that, if she is always worried about her child. It sounds like you don't have local family like many others don't have. Remember, get it straight.....your family is first, regardless of your job.
    She'd probably work through it like everyone else. She'd find a way to keep her anxiety under control and do her job.

    Not being hard-hearted, just thinking what else could she do? Become a basket case and need others to look after her or be inspired by coworkers and get through it. Assuming she'd gotten her son to safety.
  5. by   Kooky Korky
    Quote from dstee009
    If you are a HEALTH CARE worker then you know the dangers going in. Do what you want but you are not very good at your job if you want to flee when there could be danger. We are there to help those in need, imo, you are selfish and need not be in health care if your first instinct isnt to stay. get your family out or bring them to the hospital with you. People like OP are in it for the money, plain and simple. If you truly care about what you do as an RN, Dr. etc. then you wouldnt be TRYING to run. you would be trying to stay. I say all this as someone that sent my wife north a few days ago and without hesitation stayed to work through the storm here in Florida. if the medical field in the worst of times isnt for you, then you need to find another career.
    Dude, you don't know why OP is in Nursing. If she's competent and decent to patients and coworkers, that's about all that's needed. She doesn't have to be totally gung ho like you. Her priority is keeping her little lad safe and hoping her cop husband comes home after each shift. That's more than enough strain for anyone.

    Parents need to protect their children. She should have planned better, but you don't know her whole situation.

    Thank you for your bravery and heroism. Don't demand it of everyone, though. There might come a time when you are older or not in the best of health or there could arise some other reason that limits your enthusiasm and ability to rise to the occasion of something like a Cat 5 hurricane.
  6. by   Tenebrae
    Quote from CNAbutLPN2be2017
    You must be! Like I said, had I known, I would have preparations!
    I dont live in the US and hell I know that South Florida is prone to hurricanes.

    If you live in an area that is prone to natural disasters/hurricanes etc make a damm plan before anything goes wrong

    We are prone to flooding and earthquakes, over 4 thousand earthquakes and about 6 floods that have been rated "100 year floods" since 2011 and we all have plans in place
  7. by   Tenebrae
    Quote from Ruby Vee
    We all have hearts. Some of us think that the OP should have planned ahead as she probably was told when she was hired. If you wait until the last moment and then claim ignorance, people will think you are either incredibly stupid or incredibly dishonest.

    Nope, no heart here.

    I've been refered to as a heartless b**** many times
  8. by   traumaRUs
    Okay as Florida is being battered as I type this, lets all take a chill pill and send positive thoughts down that way.

    Also...please be mindful of the terms of service to which everyone agreed to when they joined...
  9. by   Pixie.RN
    Quote from Ruby Vee
    If you're going to take the job, have a plan. Most employers tell you right up front that you WILL be expected to work.
    Our hospital has sent several reminders that, though while schools are closed due to Irma for a few days, if you are scheduled to work you are expected to be there — make arrangements!
  10. by   moorefun01
    We made it hopefully you stayed safe.
  11. by   Ben_Dover
    The bottom line is:
    I wonder what the OP did!?
  12. by   mushyrn
    Quote from suzil
    It is not about being a Martyr at all! It is about the patients. I don't know why you went into nursing.
    I went into nursing to help people and to pay for my life expenses that I accrue. I did not go into nursing to die for people, or to risk my life for people. That is called a first responder/military/etc, and I am none of those nor do I get their benefits.

    I don't care how safe they say a hospital building is - if there is a bomb, deadly weather, etc., I am not holding up in one, nor am I pulling my family to stay in one with me. Panicked people from outside can be more deadly than the weather inside the building, and I don't want to deal with that potential risk, either. Half of the security I've seen in hospitals aren't worth a penny, anyways, and wouldn't protect me or my family.

    So, no, I didn't become a nurse to die for people. Those fragile patients should be transported to a facility outside the range of the dangerous area. That's a social work issue/admin issue. I'll take care of them up to the point it is no longer safe for me to do so.

    Call that selfish, but this is a job. This is not my life. I refuse to risk it, as well - all nurses should, otherwise, you continue to allow management to put us in dangerous, risky situations and feel comfortable about it while they sleep in their $10,000 bed at night.
  13. by   Bob Loblaw
    If they require critical staff to be there during a hurricane I make the assumption it is a hurricane proof (is there is such a thing) facility. If it is, they should allow critical staff to bring families in for shelter if they are unable to evacuate such as single parent, special needs family member etc. If it is not a hurricane proof facility it should have been already evacuated and is moot point. Sounds to me it is not the individual's failure to plan in this event more the facility's. Hurricanes and earthquakes different thing- its all about the timing and preparedness. My facility has volunteer list for disaster planning knowing their will be staff through no fault of their own unable to come in.

    It is unrealistic to ask people to abandon their own families in crisis if they are "jammed up" sure everyone should have some sort of plan but ask any general what happens to their perfect battle plan when the first bullet is fired.