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- Nov 7, '09 by the_alchemistQuote from roser13Thanks for your post, and yes this is my first 'real' job. I did not mean to sound so 'whiny' but yes, I admit that I have issues that need to be resolved. Healthwise, I do not take chances coming to work if I know I can endanger someone else, a patient, a co-employee or a visitor. My only mistake probably is that I didn't ask for a doctor's note only because i didn't require hospitalization. Will calls to advice nurse be enough to present as an excuse from work? Other than being sick as an excuse, the main reason why I asked for a 'time-off' has something do with with a family incident that jeopardized my safety and I openly told them about it. I have proofs for this in case they will ask me of that. But anyway, I totally agree that I must indeed be thankful that they took me back. I only makes me think why my attendance problem has only come to their attention when I told them about it. I havent been keeping track of my absences, but shouldn't they have found out about it themselves and gave me a warning beforehand? Should I regret that I even mentioned it to them? That's my only point.I notice that you're 27 - is this your first job? I ask because it seems possible from your post that you do not have a good understanding of the employer-employee relationship and the expectations that most employers have. For instance, "worried to death" is not an acceptable reason to call in. Nor is lack of transportation. In this climate of more nurses than nursing jobs available, someone who has a job needs to be on their toes to keep their position.
I think that (1) you were extremely fortunate that your employer gave you the "break" that you requested (most wouldn't); (2) you were equally fortunate, after the employment history that your post implies, that they took you back; and (3) your statement that "i am now left with that kind of fear" may be what saves your job. A little bit of fear/anxiety can be a compelling influence for good and it seems that you now have a better understanding of what it means to be a full-time, responsible employee.
- Nov 7, '09 by rayk1021WOW! Seriously? it seems as if you are really not getting what is being said to you. Either by your employer, or by the rosponses to your post. So, here is the "real deal".
1) You are fortunate to still have your job. It is not the responsibility of the employer to allow time for you to work out personal family issues. If it were a FMLA issue, that would be different. But, it is clearly not, so consider yourself lucky they allowed you the time they did.
2) It does not matter how the employer came to find out about you attendance issues. Fact of the matter is, it is on the table now. They have clearly stated their expectations in this matter. It is now up to you to either fulfill this obligation or move on from this job.
3) NO! calling a nurse to ask their advice about your illness is not the same as providing documentation for absence. that would be equivelent to a note from your parent.
4) Resolve you personal issues! It is simply nieve to think that you can go to work and not even "think" about whatever it is that is going on at home. This issue is obviously causing a problem for you at work, as you have attendance issues resulting.
So, here's the skinny! Start your next shift as if it were your first day on the job. Do your job, do it well. Don't make med errors. if you are not sure of the orders, ASK! Get documentation of any changes to orders so there will be no question as to what was passed. Get yourself to work. Regardless of the situation, show up for your shift. If you don't have a ride, take a bus, call a cab, whatever you have to do. If you are truly ill, go to work, and report directly to the supervisor. Let them see that your are ill. But, do this with plenty of time for them to cover your shift. In other words, if you are scheduled at 8:00, go in at 4:00. This would allow time for shift coverage. Bottom line, everything else is in the past now. Leave it there! stop dwelling on what the employer should or should not have done or said. GOOD LUCK!
- Nov 8, '09 by ellakateAs a young employee, you are developing a reputation. We all have some kind of reputation. Make sure that you develop a good reputation. Drop the excuses. Spend more time on real stuff and not finding excuses. That stuff is from yesterday, and it is over.
- Nov 8, '09 by leslie :-DQuote from the_alchemistit sounds like you're kicking yourself for bringing it up?I only makes me think why my attendance problem has only come to their attention when I told them about it. I havent been keeping track of my absences, but shouldn't they have found out about it themselves and gave me a warning beforehand? Should I regret that I even mentioned it to them? That's my only point.
you shouldn't be.
whether it was you or anyone else that brought it up/complained, your absences would have definitely caught up with you.
so to answer your question, a resounding NO...do not regret mentioning anything.
i strongly encourage you to focus on the issues at hand, versus trying to rationalize why/what/how this happened.
their concerns are real and valid.
it's time to move forward and not look back.
ftr, when i read the title of your thread today, i swear i read, "back to Work with a Whining".
- Nov 12, '09 by the_alchemistThanks for all your replies, i really appreciate it. I didn't mind if some of the responses sounded a bit harsh, I needed that to keep myself in check one more time. this is the real world and I know I can't get things my way. Tomorrow will be my first day at work, and surely I will keep in mind all your advice. I'll do my very best not to miss (or i'll lose my job!) a day i'm scheduled to work not only because I don't want a bad reputation, but more importantly, I want to train myself to be more dependable and more of a mature professional. Once, again, thank you.... wish me luck!
- Nov 12, '09 by caliotter3Good luck on your return. If you do not have a set schedule, like it sounds from your last post, make certain to get a copy of the schedule so that you have no question about which days you are expected to be there. Sometimes it is hard to keep up with this, even for those who have a set schedule. Again, good luck.
- Nov 12, '09 by SirapplesNo offense, but If I was a manager I wouldnt hire you. Seems our society is breeding entitled people that think that because they are having a bad day or because they live far away from a job, they can come and go without fear of losing that job.
Sounds like you are getting it though. When you were hired you have a responsability to work as scheduled, on time, and with minimal absenses. You owe it to your coworkers to be on time and as scheduled because when you dont, your coworkers now are overloaded with your patients, and the previous shift may now be mandated to cover your patients because you were out "worried to death".
Gluck and I hope that your work ethic continues to grow.