Your employer's policy re: *snow and ice*? - page 6

Hi, I would really appreciate hearing from lots of people about what you do when you have to work but the roads are covered in snow and ice. I get many sarcastic or unrealistic responses from people... Read More

  1. by   botch92
    I live in Ohio which is weird weather during winter seasons. AT my job in long term care facility if you live close the maintenace will come get you but you have to find your own way home. Other wise if you call in cosidered a occurance & you lose your bonus (money) extra for showing up & on time
  2. by   Q.
    Quote from pricklypear
    I don't really think we're talking about "every little bit of precipitation" More like unusually inclement weather.
    Of course, but one person's definition of "usually inclement weather" can be much different from someone else.

    For some, the 3 in snow fall this AM could be "unusually inclement" because it was a fast snow fall during the commute time.

    In Wisconsin, I would expect that "unusually inclement weather" would mean the entire city was shut down ~ roads were inpassable. In those situations the nurses who were currently on staff would continue to do so, I'm certain.
  3. by   StreetRN
    I live in area that seldom has ice/snow. So it's particularly challenging when it does happen. I work for a hospital that is open 24/7. Patients don't need less care when it snows. With that sarcastic comment's a couple of suggestions. Allow plenty of driving time. Going SLOW is the key. 4 wheel drive is helpful, maintain long distances between you and other cars. The hospital will also send drivers out for essential personnel. It's important you give adequate notice of the need so plans can be made early on. My SO is in law enforcement and drives a non 4 wheel drive car in all kinds of bad weather. He's never had an accident, so it can be done. Be careful out there.
  4. by   MichaelLooney
    Quote from nervousnurse
    So please tell me......what is your employer's view on this, and what do YOU do when the roads are just terrible?
    I call for a ride.
    Of course, I don't have a car, and have to ride my bike to work.
    But tell them that YOU do NOT feel comfortable driving on the roads, and if they want you to come in to see if someone would be willing to pick you up, or you can find someone who happens to be near you, or driving close by on their way to work, and catch a ride with them.
    Other than short of telling them where to go when there's an inch of ice under a foot of snow (like we usually have happening in Va), I dunno what to tell ya.
  5. by   DutchgirlRN
    We are expected to be at work no matter the weather. If we call in that we're stuck or the roads are unpassable they are very understanding and everyone pitches in. We don't get much snow and ice here but when we do it can be a real mess for sure!
  6. by   monroea23
    I DO NOT risk my life to get to work. I understand that people are still sick when it is snowing but in my opinion it is far better for my facility to be without me for one day than to have to replace me because I am DEAD from driving in horrible conditions. When the State Patrol says stay home then stay home. This isn't rocket science and to be honest I can't believe how many people have said to go to work anyway. My attitude on weather related absences works both ways, if I am at work and others are not able to get there I cover for them knowing that eventually it will be me not able to get there. Any employer who threatens termination due to absences related to weather is no employer I want to work for. This is not to say that you should abuse weather related excuses. If you are new to snow and ice driving you should get some practice in when there is some on the ground but not a lot. Perhaps drive in to work early if you know bad weather is coming if you absolutely have to go to work. Under no circumstances DO NOT DRIVE if travel is not advised in your area. I don't care if you are driving a Sherman tank DO NOT DRIVE. People who drive in bad conditions create a hazardous situation for EMS crews who have to come and scrape you up off the highway after you crash your car. Let's have some common sense here.
  7. by   MedicturnedNurse
    I live in an area where the weather can change in less than a mile. Last February we had just such an event. I went from snow to totally clear to black ice to snow covered ice. Not being a seasoned snow driver, I was being careful and driving slowly when some moron in a large 4WD pickup who thought he was invincible came sliding down a hill and hit me. I still went into work two hours late, stiff and sore and totally frightened by the whole experience. My nurse manager called in AFTER I got there saying that she was going to be late because of the weather. I got written up because of being late...think she did? From that day on, if the weather was bad, I had to be taken to work, I refuse to drive in the ice and snow. My hospital security says that they will come and pick me up but I live over 25 miles away from work, and what about getting home? I like my job, but I dont want to spend my entire life there.
  8. by   StreetRN
    I really do agree no one should risk their life to get to work. But, playing the devil's advocate here....we each risk our life every time we ride a bicycle, drive a car, ride in a boat, take a bath, etc. I think management expects everyone to use good judgement and attempt to keep up your end of the work contract. Non clinical staff have called in to say they weren't going to be in because of the weather. I did drive 45+ miles in the same weather and did just fine. She stayed home and "slept in". It's that kind of attitude that makes it difficult for the rest of us. "Those of us who can endure must endure for those who won't".
  9. by   jeanrnurse
    Quote from Still Riding
    I live in Canada, it is like that here form December till march.

    I should move
    I agree with "elkpark". If you live in Canada, and you are still new to driving under these conditions, I would suggest 1) make sure your tires are in good condition, and they are the right type of tire for the location. Should you have chains? Talk to the locals , get your car checked out for winter. 2) Maybe a different car is appropriate, but this is cheaper. 3) Have someone teach you how to drive in the conditions in this area. If you plan to stay there, you need to be more comfortable with it.
    4) I live in the Chicago area, and although I am not in a rural area, we all manage to get to work, unless it is a sudden, heavy snow. some of my employers have sent Security to pick up staff. One of my V-Ps of Nursing actually went out herself to pick up staff. I also know that in some locations, they use snowmobiles. Good luck, you need to be safe.
  10. by   Sue Ryckman
    I live in Northern Ontario Canada where winter is November to April, lots of snow, ice, wind etc. My employer certainly expects us to do our best to get to work, but at the same time does not give us a lot of grief when weather really puts us at serious risk.

    But they don't feel the same way about staff who consistently don't get to work due to weather when other staff make it from further distances.

    I agree with other answers - good tires, good car maintenance, always have extra warm clothes, candles/matches etc. in your vehicle; have a cell phone with you and take an overnight bag of stuff "just in case".
    Sometimes I leave in a wicked storm, and 10 mins later the weather is much improved.

    Don't take foolish chances, but the more you drive in all weather conditions, the more confident you will be; and your patients and co-workers will appreciate the efforts you make to get to work. The ultimate decision is yours to make.

    Stay safe!
  11. by   Bipley
    Quote from tootlet
    Greetings all!,
    I live in rural Northern Michigan 50 miles from my hospital at the bottom of 1/4 hill. We start our shifts at 0700. I call them at 0400 and tell them I'll be in if I can make it to the top of the hill which is never plowed by that time in the morning. Then I snowblow my driveway, and head out. If I get stuck I call them and tell them I won't be in. ...

    Wow, this thread reminds me why I love living in the desert! (Phoenix)

  12. by   clc79092
    I live in the Texas Pnahandle and my employer expects me to show up regardless of the weather. When the Highway Patrol closes the interstate ( which is the only road that I can take to get to work (30 miles) my employer still expects me to come in even though driving on the closed road is considered a crime.
  13. by   kadokin
    Quote from clc79092
    I live in the Texas Pnahandle and my employer expects me to show up regardless of the weather. When the Highway Patrol closes the interstate ( which is the only road that I can take to get to work (30 miles) my employer still expects me to come in even though driving on the closed road is considered a crime.
    So. You're supposed to risk life and limb AND break the law to get to work. That is ridiculous. Did your employer stop to think about the lawsuit your family might consider for loss of life, wages, pain and suffering if you died as the result of this ill-considered edict? I'm no lawyer, but I think your employer should consult one in the matter of demanding an employee take such risks to get to work. Personally, I drive in winter conditions. But I would NEVER drive on a road that the highway patrol has closed. They do that for a reason. If my employer had a problem w/that, they could speak to MY lawyer (as if I have one, I might hire one, though, in a case like this):uhoh21: