The nurse’s guide to dealing with dangerous driving conditions


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Whether the weather be fair or foul, we nurses are expected to show up to work reliably.We are constant caregivers, braving disasters outdoors when all others are expected to remain in. Enduring floods and fires, we overcome dangerous conditions to take care of others…but remember, to be an effective caregiver, you must take care of yourself, too.

On the following pages are perilous conditions nurses sometimes face on their commutes and how to handle them.

Handling Hurricanes

Rough winds, high waters and electrical dangers are all perils the coastal nurse may face during hurricane season. Just as you must prioritize multiple patient needs during your day, hurricanes require you to confront multiple hazards on your way to work.


DO reduce speed during high wind gusts to maintain adequate steering control.

DO beware of debris on the road. In addition to sticks and leaves, nails and other sharp objects could be concealed. Your chance of a flat tire is increased.


DON’T drive through standing water; apparent puddles may be deeper than they appear.

DON’T drive under trees arching or leaning over the road. A tree that may look steady could fall
at the slightest gust of wind.

DON’T approach water near fallen power lines. They could still be active.

Next: Fighting Floods →

Sara Beth Furey, RN, BSN, CPN
Sara Beth Furey, RN, BSN, CPN is a nurse and professional writer. Her unique educational background consists of a BSN from Indiana University (IUPUI) and a BA in both English and biology from Butler University. Writing pursuits have sent her foraging for wild edibles, exploring auto repair shops to learn about “hubside manner” and investigating countless other topics. Past publications include magazine articles as well as educational materials.

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