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She did it again! We have this nurse who calls in sick so often! She will tell you right out, "I needed a mental health day", and smile! I think she should back off to a .8 if she is too... Read More

  1. by   catlady
    I guess I'm in the minority here. Everyone needs a "mental health day" on occasion, but leaving one's coworkers short and rubbing their faces in it isn't appropriate or justified.

    Not everyone works in a hospital. Some work in small facilities where one nurse calling out *does* make a difference. If you're sick, you're sick. I never went along with those supervisors who would try to triage you over the phone to decide if you had the right to call out. But when you call out and make a joke of it, you're only hurting your coworkers. It's easy to say it's management's problem, but it isn't. I've worked with staff who, because they worked short, immediately announced they were calling out for their next shift. So then the next shift works short, and one of *those* people says she's calling out. So it never ends. It's not always easy or possible for management to get a replacement. So who then gets to work short? You. And then when you're really sick, you don't have any time left. If you need a day off for R&R, then request it. Don't abuse your associates.
  2. by   colleen10
    Hi all,

    I kind of agree with Cat Lady on this issue.

    It is her right to use her alotted sick days as she sees fit but leaving your co-workers understaffed isn't cool. But who are we to judge whether or not she really needs that day off?

    However, I think part of this co-workers problem stems from poor management or even other issues at this particular work place.

    I mean, if I were working at a job where I had respect for the management and co-workers and felt like a valued part of a "team" I wouldn't just nilly-willy call days off. Unless I absolutely could not get out of bed I wouldn't just take days off because I would feel bad leaving my co-workers ("team mates") in a bind.

    But if I worked in an environment where, because of underlying issues, I felt like I didn't make a difference I certainly wouldn't care how bad of a day anyone else would have if I did not come in.

    Maybe this is the issue.
  3. by   l-andre
    Originally posted by catlady
    [B]I guess I'm in the minority here. Everyone needs a "mental health day" on occasion, but leaving one's coworkers short and rubbing their faces in it isn't appropriate or justified.
    My point exactly.
    And I really don't have any problem with people who are sick or in pain or having a hard time or need some time off for uncontrolable reasons (kid is sick, etc...).
    It's when there is no other reason than "I don't want to work today" or "It was such a lovely sunny day".
    True, respect and responsability could really mess up a good suntan................
  4. by   Gomer
    You got it CatLady! When "abusing" time off; one may also be abusing their team members.

    So, there's two of us who agree....minority or not.
  5. by   CEN35
    i worked in a unionized place once................

    people wonder why i don't like unions?

    there's one reason........protect the lame and lazy.

    just my two cents

    me
  6. by   Brownms46
    Originally posted by colleen10
    Hi all,

    It is her right to use her alotted sick days as she sees fit but leaving your co-workers understaffed isn't cool. But who are we to judge whether or not she really needs that day off?

    However, I think part of this co-workers problem stems from poor management or even other issues at this particular work place.

    I mean, if I were working at a job where I had respect for the management and co-workers and felt like a valued part of a "team" I wouldn't just nilly-willy call days off. Unless I absolutely could not get out of bed I wouldn't just take days off because I would feel bad leaving my co-workers ("team mates") in a bind.

    But if I worked in an environment where, because of underlying issues, I felt like I didn't make a difference I certainly wouldn't care how bad of a day anyone else would have if I did not come in.

    Maybe this is the issue.
    And I agree with this point...and maybe it's the staff she really needs a day off from... Sometimes you have to survive the best way you can...until you find somethng better or the problem moves on by itself! This is NOT my way of dealing with a problem...as I in my present situation...I haven't missed a nite yet.....not even the OT I was scheduled for without my consent! But I know it is temporary...and I wouldn't have any other way! That way I can take off when I want...without answering to anyone...but me and my creditors...
  7. by   Gomer
    TO CEN35: AMEN!!!! (And I cross picketlines too!)
  8. by   sharann
    I had to call in sick for my 3 days last week, I had a real live doctor certified acute abdominal infection. I felt soooo guilty calling off, even though Ii was REALLY ill (ER visit, couldn't eat. pain etc). Then, today, my first day back I come down with a horrid cold/flu. I WENT IN. Was coughing and sneezing the whole time (work fresh post-ops, wore a mask all day almost). I legitemetely could have and maybe should have called in. Was afraid it would look like a "habit", even though it is obvious I am not well. Going in tomorrow as well. I think it isn;t fair to the pts and my co-workers, but heck, we don't want to "abuse" sick days. I am part-time without benefits , so I pay my own sick days. I hope I am doing the right thing.
  9. by   PhantomRN
    My thing is this if you need a mental health day by all means take it, but have the decency to schedule it.
    That is what I do.
    We use earned time at my place, so when I am writing my next months schedule if I want a mental health day, I pick a day and write PTO. I do a minimum of one day every two months. No one asks why I want the day off, but I get my mental health day. Everyone knows well in advance I wont be there and no one is left short.

    It drives me crazy the people who think it is ok to call in WELL. No regard for their fellow nurses.
  10. by   Q.
    I call in sick maybe once a year.

    Last week I called in sick to finish a major project for school. There was no way I could have finished it without taking the day off.
    I could have asked for vacation, HOWEVER, I don't want to use a vacation day to write a paper, AND we only have 3 float RNs in our clinic to cover 17 sites! Our requests are typically denied.

    So..what should I have done? Come to work faking an illness and going on and on about how sick I am, or be honest and tell my co-workers I was out to finish a major paper? It's my sick time that I earned and I should be able to use it for things like this, especially when I don't use them for illnesses.
  11. by   boobaby42
    If only management would supply some type of backup system for nurses to fill in when appropriate. Recently, all of the "old timers" at work had lots of days to take before they were forfeited. A nurse would take a week off, then the next nurse would take the next week. By the time everyone was back at work, I was so exhausted, I had to take time off. Then, it started over again. It was several weeks before the schedule returned to normal and we had been short staffed the entire time. No one to cover, and of course, the amt. of patients would never be decreased if staff decreased. Well, if a doc. was out, the number of pts would decrease. No help for the nurses, though. Oh well,
  12. by   night owl
    I work with some that NEVER work an entire week...EVER. If you need a mental health day, take it. If you need to take a sick day, take it. When you're sick three out of 5 days a week, then you need to be in a hospital having some tests done to find out why...When they don't send the staff to replace that person, the work load gets heavier for everyone and then you abuse your staff members using time that you don't even have. How these people keep this job is beyond me
  13. by   cpgrn
    I too have worked sick because calling in doesn't make me feel good. I will call in for a sick child and just not worry about it but it bothers me for myself. The bad thing is no one minds if I call in - it just bothers me not to be at work when I'm expected too. Some weird catholic upbringing, I guess.

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