fell asleep @ the wheel

  1. Some of you may know that I am quitting my present LTC position @ one place(1hr away) and going to start another here in a week...(15-20min away)...
    Last night I fell asleep @ the wheel coming home ...this was not the first time..on a extremly busy freeway(?)..anyways..I had just put in my 2 week notice in for the LTC facility I am working for now...(which I just recently got hired at)
    MY QUESTION IS: How can I still sound proffesional and tell them I want out before my last day of employment? I do not want to get so tired that I can't make it safely home...Would my career reputation be at stake? Can I legally do this?
    Any help would B great!!!
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  2. 29 Comments

  3. by   nakitamoon
    Teddy I understand your concerns,,,, completely,,,

    You don't want to burn bridges,,, leaving before your notice is up,, and it's consequenses are probalby individual to your place of employment,,,,,

    If you can I would talk to which ever power that be,,,,explain,,,,

    I wish you luck,,,, In my facility,, if I left,,, sooner it would make me ineligalbe for rehire,,,, and I have no idea of the reference they would give,,,,,,

    Hope you enjoy you new job,,,,, BE CAREFUL,,,,,

    thoughts and prayers with you,,,,,, ~kitamoon
  4. by   teeituptom
    Howdy yall
    from deep in the heart of texas


    Heya Teddybear, Its worth it to yourself to do those 2 weeks. Otherwise it can affect you down the lime, so be carefull in your decision and drink some strong coffee.



    doo wah ditty
  5. by   Youda
    I remember reading the thread when you were trying to make the decision, but I don't remember how long you had already worked at the LTC you're leaving. I do agree that quitting before you worked out a 2 weeks notice is probably burning some bridges. The only concern with that is if, for some reason, the new job doesn't work out and you might want to go back to this place.

    On the other hand, your safety is more important than any other consideration. If you wreak on the way home . . . scary picture.

    So, I guess you're going to have to decide if you can stick it out for the next two weeks safely. If you can't, you can't. But, if you think you can make it for two weeks, give a holler and some of us old roadies can give you some ideas on how to keep yourself alert while driving.

    Good luck to you! And be safe!
  6. by   nursegoodguy
    What shift are you working? Sounds like 11-7? Are you only working 8 hour shifts? What about making sure you've had an adequate amount of sleep before your shift?
    Falling asleep at the wheel is definitely not good and if you are afraid it will happen again during your two week period then I'd say it's best to be safe and have a bad mark then to be the cause of a major accident!
    Now with all that said, I've always given a two week notice. At one job I called in my last two days because I just couldn't take it! (It was so busy and unsafe, not just for me but for the patients I was 'attempting' to care for that they replaced me with two nurses!) I'd only been there for a few months anyways.
    I worked in one place for 8 years and when the time came to quit I called in the last day, (they were screwin' with me after 8 years having me 'observed'? Like why was it that I didn't need to be observed at anytime in that 8 years before I was going to quit and before I got into it with the administrator!) I called in about as many times as I can count on "ONE" hand at that job in my entire time there! Both places still wanted to rehire me later but it's like No Thank You!
    And yes, at all my jobs they say if you quit before your notice is up then you are not eligble for rehire but still they rehire nurses that gave no notice!
    I would definitely try to stick it out and talk to my boss about possibly a shorter work day? (like they'll really go for that) but the bottom line is SAFETY, yours and all the other travellers! And I don't really think they can do anything to you-legally, maybe turn you in to the board of nursing for unprofessional behavior? Like the board wouldn't be bombarded with complaints if they all did this...
  7. by   SKM-NURSIEPOOH
    there were mornings that my car would bring me home like a faithful horse...i know how you feel.

    i understand that you want to maintain your professionalism & not burn any bridges...however...if this is a regular pattern, you aren't able to control, & this scares you to death...then all i can say is:
    • first see if you can't have your shift change.
    • try to have some hours cut back
    if neither is an option, then i would just leave...your safety is more precious than that facility. trust me, if they fired you or laid you off, you wouldn't get a benefit of working out the last two weeks. believe me, ltc facilities are desperate to have nurses & aids...so you wouldn't have any trouble in finding another job somewhere else...should this new one not work-out.

    good luck - be careful driving - moe.
  8. by   nursegoodguy
    originally posted by skm-nursiepooh
    there were mornings that my car would bring me home like a faithful horse...i know how you feel.

    i understand that you want to maintain your professionalism & not burn any bridges...however...if this is a regular pattern, you aren't able to control, & this scares you to death...then all i can say is:
    • first see if you can't have your shift change.
    • try to have some hours cut back
    if neither is an option, then i would just leave...your safety is more precious than that facility. trust me, if they fired you or laid you off, you wouldn't get a benefit of working out the last two weeks. believe me, ltc facilities are desperate to have nurses & aids...so you wouldn't have any trouble in finding another job somewhere else...should this new one not work-out.

    good luck - be careful driving - moe.
    yeah, that's what i was trying to say!
    well said moe! and how "realistic"
    if they aint gonna work with you then forget them!
  9. by   baseline
    Oh boy...have I been there! Woke up one time driving into a ditch....I changed jobs, but you do need to work out those two weeks.....
    One of the nurses I work with has a spot that she stops at half way home....and takes a 10 minute power nap. I learned that power naps....that are intentional and planned, are much better than the unplanned ones.........Maybe you could try that the last two weeks. Save your life and your job reputation.......
  10. by   nursedawn67
    I used to work 45 minutes from home 7p to 7a shift, many days about 20 minutes into the drive I would start doing the head bob. I would stop and get out of the car, stop at a store buy suckers or jerky anything that kept me busy other then just staring straight ahead. I used the air conditioning alot, in the winter months I would roll a window down.

    Do what you have to to finish out the 2 weeks safely.
  11. by   JonRN
    Be careful!!!! No job on the planet is worth being injured or killed while driving home. Try this trick an old truck driver told me: Hold a $100 bill in 2 fingers and stick it out the window. If that doesn't do it try a $1000 bill.
  12. by   baseline
    OH yeah.........yeah I think that would work for me!!!!!
  13. by   night owl
    I would try and stick it out. Make sure you get plenty of sleep before your shift. I work 12mn-8am and I also have a one hour drive to and from work. I live in one state and work in another because I've been there too long to resign and find myself another job closer to home AND besides, the money is good now. What I do is at the halfway point I stop at 711 and get me a big cup of Joe then drive on. In the morning when I'm coming home, I drink the coffee at about 0700 before I leave work at 0800. I snack on something when I'm feeling sleepy and it does help to keep you awake. I put the windows down and try not to put on the heater. Loud obnoxious music will work also. It's all worked for me. Only had to stop once for a power nap, but that was because I only got two hours of sleep the night before. Try not to quit your last two weeks... tough it out, you can do it.
  14. by   bagladyrn
    Large orange juice seems to help me - keep sipping to keep the sugar up! (Too caffeine addicted for coffee to help). Windows down, radio up - sing along. Stop by the roadside and walk around for a few, swinging my arms and deep breathing. If all else fails pull over and nap. Learned my lesson the hard way after ending up in a ditch, off the opposite side of the road, out on the res. about 30 miles from even the nearest trading post at 0100 a.m.
    Do you have any sick leave/annual leave days you could burn up before leaving? Anyone you could ride with?

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