Latest Comments by E, RN

E, RN 499 Views

Joined: Mar 1, '10; Posts: 1 (100% Liked) ; Likes: 18

Sorted By Last Comment (Max 500)
  • 18
    JacknSweetpea, CCL RN, brandy1017, and 15 others like this.

    This situation is wrong on so many levels. I live in the DC metro area in Suburban Maryland. The area was just disasterous. The roads were not plowed on the neighborhood streets after the first storm. The snow was up to my thigh and I am almost 5'7". Most vehicles that I know of are not equipped to drive in over 2 feet of snow. The streets were literally abandoned with stuck cars. I braved it and went to work on the Tuesday after the first storm and was so scared driving that I was shaking. This region is not equipped to handle weather like this. I went to college in Upstate NY and it never looked like it did here on the roads. I couldn't believe what I was seeing; the main roads were not plowed; the Beltway was not properly plowed and this is as major of a highway as you are going to get in the area. It took over an hour to get home (normally takes 20-25 min). The snow was starting to come down for the second storm. As soon as I got home I called my agency and cancelled my shift for the next day at the Hospital Ctr. It just wasn't worth it to risk my life to try to get to that place; especially with the way that they run the hospital and treat their staff. The entire region was a mess. The metro trains were not running above ground. The metro buses were not running as well. Fed Gov't closed for a week, schools closed for almost a week and a half. The majority of developments and side streets were never plowed. When I did go out after the first storm, I got stuck around the corner and my husband had to come and shovel me out. The nurses were just not able to get to work if they were looking at what I was looking at outside my door. For all those who say that the nurses should have come in prior and , etc it is NOT realistic. People have lives and other priorities outside of their jobs and just can't say I'm going to come to work and hang around for 3-4 days and to hell with my kids or whatever. Furthermore it is not worth it to go out and risk your life to try to drive to work. The Mayor of Baltimore actually ordered all non-emergency vehicles off the roads. Hospital staff was NOT to attempt to come to work; the hospitals were going to have to work with the staff they had in place and she was right. If you kill yourself (or worse, someone else) while trying to get to work, who does it help??? The hospital should be ashamed. They obviously have no respect or loyalty to their nurses but expect for the same in return. In addition, nurses are not respectful to each other, judging from some of the comments posted on this forum. Let this be a lesson to all of us; I've been in nursing for 16 yrs. The profession is going down the toilet. We are just bodies to these institutions. No one is non-replaceable; don't get comfortable where you are and think so. Always have a plan b. Trust me if you drop dead tomorrow (God Forbid) your workplace may say a few nice words, send a card, maybe throw a few bucks in it to give to your family but then they will move on. The building will still be standing. It just puts everything into perspective. Best of luck to all the fired nurses. I hope they get some type of resolution in their favor.