Snow day for nursing?

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I live in southern California, land of sunny summers almost all year long. Right?  WRONG! I was driving home today when the rain hitting my windshield suddenly started lingering a little longer, looking a little grainier. By the time I noticed that it was icy, it was full blown snowing on the freeway! Like snowing to the point where it was turning everything white, not just melting into brown slush on the road. And while we weren’t cruising at high speeds to start, everything started slowing down. I don’t know if it was just the sheer shock of it all, but we were at a stand still on the freeway for no reason!

Sure it was nice to watch the snow fall while we could, but if you thought Angelenos couldn’t drive in the rain, you should see us in the snow! You would think five miles an hour was speeding down the road at the snail’s pace we were driving at. My question is: to all of you who live in snowy areas, HOW DO YOU MAKE IT TO WORK ON TIME!?!?  I mean, here we account for traffic time when we’re commuting in the morning and at night, but do you have to account for snow time? Do you get used to it and just drive fast? I used to think that snow was fun and exciting, and it would be great to live somewhere where it happened all the time, but now I am having second thoughts.

The thing is with southern California, is that it does snow… just not where most people live. We can go to the mountains for the weekend, enjoy it, and then come back home.  But when you’re surrounded by it, how do you go about your lives? I am genuinely curious. What happens? Can you take a snow day from work if you can’t get out of the driveway? Does it come out of your sick time? What’s it like in places where you really do have a white winter, but life still goes on?

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Ani Burr, RN

I'm a brand new, full-fledged, fresh-out-of-school RN! And better yet, I landed the job of my dreams working with children. I love what I do, and while everyday on the job is a new (and sometimes scary) experience, I'm taking it all in - absorbing everything I can about this amazing profession we all fell in love with.

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2 Responses to Snow day for nursing?

  1. Jenny

    I am a nurse in Toronto, Ontario (Canada) and we get snow from about mid-October to late March. It’s not so bad, you just account for it in your commute time. We have snow plows that are up and at ’em even before the shift workers are awake, which makes driving easier. Even with that there are still lots of accidents everytime there’s a new snow fall – even Canadians forget how to drive in the snow from time to time! As for snow days, they’re rare in the Toronto area, but if someone IS snowed in then it’s treated as a sick day.

  2. Fyrefli

    I live in Iowa and it has been my experience that when it snows, more than half the team will call and say they are snowed in, or that the roads are too dangerous for them to get to work. This is even if the person lives just a few blocks away! It snows here all the time, they should be able to handle themselves on the roads. Whew, enough venting for today!