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News spotlight: Some nurses fired during February snowstorm still fighting for their jobs

Nurse Leader Insider, June 21, 2010

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Back in February, the Washington (DC) Hospital Center (WHC) fired 18 staff members because they failed to show up for their shifts during the massive back-to-back snowstorms that hit the DC area. Now, nine nurses are still fighting to get their jobs back despite the fact that the other nurses have already been reinstated at WHC, the Washington Post reports.

During the two snowstorms in February, WHC was the only hospital to take disciplinary action toward those staff members who were unable to make their shifts. Now, the nine remaining nurses' actions are being reviewed by the hospital board as to whether each nurse will be reinstated. WHC is saying they communicated with staff "clear expectations to ensure uninterrupted patient care" and "stressed the need for all employees to plan ahead to relieve overworked staff."

Despite the fact nurses called to say the streets were impassable and one nurse had even called out sick with a stomach bug for three days, WHC accused them of "jeopardizing patient care" and terminated the nurses. However, nowhere in the hospital's weather-emergency policy does it state hospital staff will be terminated as a consequence of failing to get to work.

Source: Washington Post



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