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    Fired Due to Not Being Able to Get to Work

    Haha. I actually like working, although for $20 a shift, the only place you'll find me is in front of the fireplace.
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    Fired Due to Not Being Able to Get to Work

    #s1-3 = great advice. #4 = armed robbery=bad, bad, bad. $20 cannot invest in anything. Be practical.
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    Seasoned Nurses VS Newbie Nurses

    This is not what the OP was suggesting.
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    Seasoned Nurses VS Newbie Nurses

    The new nurse has a right to ask the question. No one needs to respond if "tired" of the topic. The OP asked how to bridge between old knowledge and newer knowledge. This demonstrates thoughtfulness. When I have precepted I always ask the student what they learned about various subjects or tasks. It's good to hear what is being taught out there. When I was precepted as an NP, the physician's would come an look at guidelines I was using. Yes, they may have already seen it, but they enjoyed discussing the topic with me and why they may have deviated. Win-win situation.
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    Fired Due to Not Being Able to Get to Work

    I didn't say it was a requirement. We advised and vent dependent patients went in.
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    Fired Due to Not Being Able to Get to Work

    Thank you, but I maintain that bad weather is neither blizzard nor hurricane. You cannot see. I've lived through too many blizzards, followed by huricanes to think that anyone should come to work in either. I did see that letter in my search. As an employer I would follow protocol and have people in place before the storm. If someone were killed and left their children behind how will that help?
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    Fired Due to Not Being Able to Get to Work

    That is why people ahead of time and prepared. Hurricanes are not surprises and do not last for days. Blizzards also do not last for days, although bad weather does. I can't say enough about facilities having disaster plans. We always had one and everyone knew where they were supposed to be and when, and never during the hurricane. Anyways, I found this: Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA). The purpose of OSHA is to assure "every working man and woman in the Nation safe and healthful working conditions" (29 U.S.C. section 651(b)). This applies to all employment performed in any workplace within the United States as long as the employer has one or more employees (29 U.S.C. section 653). When it comes to natural disasters, consider the following under OSHA: • Employers are responsible to protect employees from unreasonable danger in the workplace, which includes an imminent "natural phenomenon" that will threaten employee safety and health. • Hurricanes and other disasters present obvious safety concerns that employers need to consider when asking employees to come into work during adverse weather, including vehicle accidents, slips and falls, flying objects, electrical hazards from downed power lines, exhaustion from working extended shifts and dehydration. • An employee that reasonably believes he/she has been put in imminent danger because of being forced to go to work during a hurricane may file a complaint with OSHA against the employer and then ask for whistleblower protection. • OSHA has issued fact sheets, in both English and Spanish, setting out issues and hazards relating to recovery and cleanup efforts following hurricanes or other disasters. Regardless of the differing opions, I think this is a discussion that is needed and every new health care provider should be aware of their employer's expectations and what the laws are so they can make informed decisions. Just as the flight attendant tells you to put your mask on first, and then help others, so the nurse should keep themself safe and then show up as soon as possible to help others. Good discussion.
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    Fired Due to Not Being Able to Get to Work

    I was not trying let you reveal your identity, as I believe you are not the only nurse in your state. I just don't understand some of the comments. And I asked for the official statement, because I want to understand if there is a real expectation to travel in a blizzard or hurricane. We are not emergency workers. Essential and emergency do not equal the same. I will try to find the information for myself.
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    Fired Due to Not Being Able to Get to Work

    Patients that require extensive care or power in the home often go to the hospital during dangerous weather. We always recommended it for our patients. 1-3 days in a safe place beats the alternative.
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    Fired Due to Not Being Able to Get to Work

    You cannot drive impassable roads. Maybe I'm losing my mind here, but can someone post an official statement where nurses are permitted to drive themselves in during the midst of a blizzard or hurricane? I really would like to see that. Or if there is an official notice from your employer stating the same thing. Then and only then will I understand some of the comments on this topic.
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    Fired Due to Not Being Able to Get to Work

    That's not true! You go before the hurricane and stay. I challenge you to state the hospital name where you drove in DURING a hurricane. With all the lights out, trees down and flying bits and pieces, what hospital did you drive in to? The first bands do not count.
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    Fired Due to Not Being Able to Get to Work

    Nurses are not supposed to be on the road if officials say so. I've been in disaster areas and plans were made ahead of time. Those who were scheduled to work, came with extra clothes and stayed. The rest of us had to be prepared to relieve them as soon as the ok was given.
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    Fired Due to Not Being Able to Get to Work

    She does have problem solving skills. She called ahead of time. These types of jobs use and discard people. The administrators should have had a plan for this weather in the event that an employee couldn't make it in.
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    Fired Due to Not Being Able to Get to Work

    I work a per diem nursing job that requires 24 hours notice for calling in sick (???). That way they can get a head start on finding someone. It actually helps if you're starting to feel sick, but not sure, although it feels very wierd to me.
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    Fired Due to Not Being Able to Get to Work

    Only if you're drunk would you do that!
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