Call-ins - page 2

how often do you call in to say you won't be in to work? do you feel guilty or not? how many hours prior to your shift are you suppose to allow for before calling off?... Read More

  1. by   PsychoRN
    I haven't called off in over 8 years. Where I work our vacation leave and sick leave are combined into personal leave. So if I don't call in sick I get more vacation time.

    We are required to call in 4 hours before our shift begins.
  2. by   nimbex
    We have the standard two hours prior shift to call in sick... Oddly enough I usually come in sick yet I will take a mental health day on occasion.

    We can call off 6 times in a rolling 12 month period, on the 7th time it's a verbal, 8th a written, 9th a second written and 10th suspension.

    But if you go 6 months without a call out, you drop one.
  3. by   indeed
    Where I work, it's also the standard 2 hours before the shift begins. Only, after 4 call offs you get a verbal warning, 5 another verbal, 6 a written and so forth...all of them with "counselling." I personally think this is a little odd. But after 12 months, it's "reset."

    Indeed.
  4. by   Mkue
    hi, i'm wondering what happens when someone "calls-in".. does the unit call someone else in or work without a replacement?

    i'm just curious, maybe it depends on what area you work in.

  5. by   Love-A-Nurse
    originally posted by psychorn
    i haven't called off in over 8 years. where i work our vacation leave and sick leave are combined into personal leave. so if i don't call in sick i get more vacation time.

    we are required to call in 4 hours before our shift begins.
    welcome! wow! do you get a bonus for having such a "track" record?
  6. by   Love-A-Nurse
    originally posted by mkue
    hi, i'm wondering what happens when someone "calls-in".. does the unit call someone else in or work without a replacement?

    i'm just curious, maybe it depends on what area you work in.

    where i am, it all depends. if the census is low, they don't.
  7. by   nurseratchett29
    [QUOTE]Originally posted by nimbex
    [B]We have the standard two hours prior shift to call in sick... Oddly enough I usually come in sick yet I will take a mental health day on occasion.



    I used to do this==I am rarely sick but when I am I usually go in anyway and I used to take mental days on occasion==I now work in a hospital that has BTO==benefit time off. I get a flat number of days off to be used for all absences. I have to take the holidays that our practice is closed as BTO but anything else is up to me. I find it beneficial to schedule my mental health days now so that I don't have to feel the guilt. Of course, I'm about the only one who does this==We have one nurse that calls in sick about once every other week (usually Monday or Friday) and a medical asssistant who has been there for 31/2 months and has been out at least 8 times (we can't use any benefit time until we've been there 90 days unless the manager approves it. If we have left over time, every six months we can sell the time back to the hospital and get the $$$$. Time is more valuable than money to me so I will be making sure that I take mine!!!!! I currently have 46 hours banked and I just took 4 days off in June!!!!Not to shabby.
  8. by   ohbet
    When I call in I feel horrible guilt,guilt that keeps me up late at night, guilt that is oppressively agonizing.
    Its this guilt that takes me to confession , where Im resolved of my sin, which makes me one with self,the world and God, allowing me to go one with my life
  9. by   eldernurse
    Thank-you, finally someone who answered truthfully. Whenever a nurse calls off, they are basically screwing the rest of their co-workers. Management does not try very hard to replace you. Therefore, your co-workers shoulder more responsibility. I feel horribly guilty. I only call off when coming to work would endanger my patients. I thank God that I am healthy for the most part.
  10. by   RyanRN
    Ohbet and eldernurse, perhaps you should try to re-focus that guilt to where if really belongs - in the administrations lap and off your shoulders. By any stretch of the imagination good leadership and managment should have the staffing necessary to keep their business running efficiently with the appropriated number of nurses available (or alternate means - agency). You have absolutely NO reason to think this is YOUR problem. Your job is being done, they should do theirs.
  11. by   Q.
    At the hospital we were required to give 4 hours notice prior to your start of the shift for call-ins. If need be, we could call in the nurse on call to work in those scenarios.

    At the clinic, I start at 0900 and I should call in by 0730 to my manager at home or page her; she then will call for float pool help, however, there has been no float help so my staff would just work without me.

    I have called in 1 time at my clinic in the last year and a half, and that was to finish a major project for school. I felt no quilt.
  12. by   nell
    originally posted by ryanrn
    ohbet and eldernurse, perhaps you should try to re-focus that guilt to where if really belongs - in the administrations lap and off your shoulders. by any stretch of the imagination good leadership and managment should have the staffing necessary to keep their business running efficiently with the appropriated number of nurses available (or alternate means - agency). you have absolutely no reason to think this is your problem. your job is being done, they should do theirs.
    :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
  13. by   night owl
    One time I called out sick and got a ticket for speeding, another time I called out sick to go skiing and I tore some ligaments behind my knee and suffered...alot!
    One time I was HONEST and told my HN that I needed a day off (a week in advance) b/c Hubby had to go on a business trip and didn't want to leave my kids home alone, in another state mind you. After a week of asking people if they could work for me, I had no takers so I told the HN I had to take a personal day. She told me that "If I don't have the coverage, I can't grant you the time!" and got real snotty about it. The safety and wellbeing of my children came first in this case, but she didn't give a d@mn, as long as her precious staffing looked good that's all that mattered. Front office could have floated someone that night. So I called out anyway. Even when you're honest about it they screw you to the wall, so I screwed them back. I no longer am honest about being sick or needing a personal day...I just do what I have to do and keep on going. Guilty???? NOT EVER! As hard as we work (and they know it)I should feel guilty about calling out? Are you kidding? After 25 years of service, they should have a parking space reserved with my name on it! I do call out a good four hours before hand so thay can find someone to take my place....

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