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How far would you go to get to work in the snow?

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  • Last January I drove the 8 miles to work- 1 hour trip. Dont ever remember getting a nod of appreciation from my bosses though.

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  • Why should any of us give our loyalty, hard work and work ethic to trusts/employers that do not appreciate us, do not respect us, or even pay us a decent living wage?

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  • I am a 3rd year student nurse having just finished placement with the community nurses,not only did the community nurse have to drive into work, some had 1/2 hour round trip. They then had to visit patient on roads that were trechorous.I take my hat off to them. I would like to take this opportunity to sat a big thank you to them,they showed true patient care.INSPIRATIONAL TO THE NURSING PROFESSION !!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous 1.13, l am sure that your patients appreciated your efforts. I am afraid that some Health Service Managers have forgotten some of the very basics of good management practice.

    A word of thanks goes a long way.

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  • im a qualified nurse of some 15 years and so far i have walked to work on numerous occasions from my home which is five miles away - did i feel pleased or praised - not at all it seems that management are still relying on the goodwill of their staff but at the same time penalising them if they cant make it - double standards ??????

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  • i agree with my colleague about the usage of goodwill from staff but what about our duty of care to patients

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  • Most of the nursing profession maintain their duty of care despite whatever is thrown at them. There are a small contingent that do not, sadly. My role as an advanced wic practitioner puts me firmly in the middle of the patients and the staff. a few words of praise each day can do wonders for staff morale. I honestly cant remember the last time a manager came to me with praise, personally or to the team.
    The people that struggle in the face of adversity or 'go that extra step' are the ones that make the difference. Sadly it is often unnoticed though.

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  • I normal take 15 minutes to get to work but one day last week it took me 1hour 40 minutes. I then had to get help to park in the snow riddened car park and still arrived to work with a smile on my face. But like the others a thank you would have been nice too, good manners don't cost anything.

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  • I find it interesting that not one manager has responded that they have praised their staff!!

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  • Well I went 14 miles in the ice and snow in Jan on a motorbike to get into work because of my duty of care (I work in a residential short breaks unit for kids with complex health needs and disabilities). I came off my motorbike when I was almost at work and cracked a couple of ribs and bruised just about everything, and couldn't move. I then had to go off sick for a week, and the weather shut the unit because of safety, and we had quite a few complaints about it. Basically, as nurses we can't win, ever.

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