I agree with you all on your points
just to clarify , I am not defending the call out kings and queens of nursing, the ones who are not sick , but dont feel "up to coming in today/tonight"
thats just unacceptable
I am talking about people with legit illnesses like myself, I should NOT be penalized because I have an auto immune disease, I did not choose this
I would love to feel well enough to be the awesome nurse that I am, but some days, honestly I cannot get out of bed, I am 25 with arthritis, this isnt a pity parade believe me I know how lucky I am to be here and feel good for the most part
but why do I feel like I am back in grade school having to justify why I missed my math class or something?
I mean really, If I have a bug how considerate of me would it be to come in and spread it to all my co workers and not to mention all my immunosuppressed patients
I agree with the attendance management program
but I dont agree with the diagnosis part of the form
I have nothing to hide, when I am off work it is for a damn good reason
if there are alarming trends in ppls absences like every weekend or very frequent then I can understand calling a meeting and investigating and finding out what may be going on with the person
but that almost never happens, people just sit and speculate that the person never wants to work etc....
dont get yourselves in the dangerous position of
jumping to conclusions about people who are absent from work
I work with some of the worst notoriously bad caller offers , but I dont feel I should be lumped in with them.
I totally agree with rewarding perfect attendance
I think people who are lucky enough to be well and healthy and come to work should be given kudos.
I just dont think that my name should appear in any black book of condemned nurses because unfortunately sometimes I call in sick
and refuse to put my own health in further jeopardy as i have in the past and come in anyway
I applaud you healthy nurses that sometimes yes need to pick up my slack when I'm lying in emerg myself with a 104 fever , but really would you want me nursing your loved ones when I'm less than 100% ?
I think management, yes easy to rag on management I know, needs to come up with more initiatives and implement ideas on how to minimize sick calls, or at least investigate them fairly, without assumptions and conclusions based on opinion not fact
*jumps off soapbox and falls because she is notoriously clumsy during daylight hours*
cheers, thanks for the input
you are all as wise,if not wiser than yoda himself