Nurse Who Slept in Her Car Accidentally Drove Off Top Floor of Hospital Parking Garage

The car plunged over the edge of the parking garage on May 17, according to a police report obtained by PEOPLE

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A Boston nurse was injured after driving off the top floor of a parking garage earlier this month.

It was around 1:30 a.m. local time on May 17 when authorities responded to the incident at Faulkner Hospital in Jamaica Plain, according to a police report from the Boston Police Department that was obtained by PEOPLE.

Responding officers found a “heavily damaged” 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee next to the garage, as well as a piece of railing that appeared to match the railing on the garage’s roof.

Boston fire officials reportedly informed police that a vehicle had plunged off the top of the parking garage, though it was unclear how.

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The woman involved in the crash sustained a “broken arm and back” as well as leg injuries in the crash, per the crash report.

Massachusetts Nurses Association spokesperson Joe Markman tells PEOPLE the woman behind the wheel, who has not been publicly identified, is a nurse and a member of the Faulkner Hospital MNA bargaining unit.

Markman went on to say that they have reached out to her but do not have any additional information to share at this time.

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The woman, who had already finished her regular shift and was on call beginning at 11 p.m., told police she decided to sleep in her vehicle instead of going home, according to the report.

When she woke up sometime after 1:00 a.m. due to the overhead lights, she decided to move her vehicle and "accidentally hit the gas instead of the brake."

As her car started to "teeter" she "attempted to put the car in reverse but was unsuccessful and landed on the ground below," police said in the report.

A Mass General Brigham spokesperson tells PEOPLE an investigation into the incident is ongoing.

The spokesperson also says, “it is against policy for employees to sleep in their cars at the hospital,” and those who do not wish to go home when on-call should be offered an on-call room.

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The incident in Massachusetts comes as nurse staffing shortages continue in both the United States and across the globe. Burnout is among the main issues currently facing the profession.

According to a 2022 study of over 50,000 nurses, more than 45% experienced feelings of “burnout” at least “a few times a week” or “every day.” Nearly 50% of respondents said they experienced fatigue, as well.

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