Calling in sick: how do you decide? - page 5

I have been feeling absolute s**t for the past 3 days, woke up with it on Thursday, came home after 2 hours. Called off Friday and went to the Doc and ended up with abx bronchitis (duh, 2 ppd... Read More

  1. by   teamrn
    Youda,

    I agree with your staffing solutions. And, as far as the call-ins go, I remember the agony of 'stay home and get better', 'go in to work, not get better and spread my germs'. Back and forth I'd go, and on the days I finally felt it better to stay tucked in and let the cold run its course, or the antibiotics get a hold, I remember the negativity I felt from the management because I was 'leaving them in the lurch'.
  2. by   RNConnieF
    I feel like a real poo today, I called in, not because I was sick but because when I got up at 0500 I found my 11 yo laying down on the the living-room sofa. He told me he had been up since 0100 and that his "head hurt, stomach hurts, throat hurts, and my skin is sensitive", took his temp 103.8. No question I needed to be home with him today but I still spent all day worrying about my colleagues working short and worrying about my job, I only took the job in July. Oh well, can't do anything about it now. I always said I was a Mom first and a nurse second.
  3. by   Sodie
    One time I called in because I had ear pai. Abiut 4o in the morning I began bleeding from my ear. I called te superviser and told her that i fel okay (my ear stopped hurting when it started draining. The only thing that I wanted to do was to come in late so that I could see my MD in the morning. I told her that I would come in after seeing the doctor if he said that I was okay. I just figured that I needed antibiotics. The superviser told me that I should call my MD right then and tell him what was going on. I told her that i was not calling my MD at 4 am for him to tell me what I already knew. (He would have me come to the office and examine me). She told me that the MD takes call for a reason. I thought she was being ridiculous. I stayed home and went to the doctor. I only call in 2 times a year at the most anyway. I am not a sickly person.

    Now I work in the cath lab. If I have a fever or if I feel like my judgement is cloudy, I do not go in. It's too easy to make a mistake in there if you aren't well. It is safer for the patient. I still only have called in like 2 times in the last year though. I used to feel guitly when I would call in, but the longer I am in nursing the less guilt I feel, espeacially when some of my coworkers call in 1-2 times a month !
  4. by   1RNLadybug
    That is what I ask myself "can I care for my patients well?"

    We all get sick. Sometimes we just need a few days to regroup. I am taking today and tomorrow off for 'mental flossing.'
    I work too much and push myself too hard, trying to learn to balance work and home. When I called in I said I had "personal situation I had to resolve and won't be in until Saturday am." They know not to ask "why." because it is personal.

    Years ago I called in and said i was 'sick', and the supervisor said 'what do you mean by sick," like I was out drinking all night or something. I said 'irritable bowel syndrome, would you like me to bring you a stool specimen? That was the last time they asked what do I mean by sick.

    We are human, we get sick, especially with all we are exposed to, coughing, spitting, bleeding, phlem...

    linda
  5. by   Geeg
    I base it on how much sick time I have. If I have plenty and am not in violation of policy, I don't hestitate to call in. Rememer, nobody is going to give you a light assignment or take it easy on you just because you are sick and come in out of the goodness of your heart. No good deed goes unpunished.
  6. by   IloveSnoopy
    Hi...
    I am one of those who rarely every gets "sick, sick"....I do however have incapacitating menstural cramps due to my stupid endometriosis. I don't even hesitate a minute to call in sick if I am hurting too bad. Some days..I can't even hardly get out of bed and shower.....how can I be expected to run "the beat" all night, lift on people, care for people adequately, etc. If I feel like crap...I deem myself unacceptable to care for others.....not because I don't care....because I'm hurting too bad to care. It is hard to care for others....when you are feeling worse than the peep's you are caring for....(happens a lot of the time lol). Anyways..I hope u are feeling better soon.....and don't go back to soon. You don't want to expose your co-workers and patients to the "cruddies". Take care and get lots of rest....
    Luv,
    Snoop'
  7. by   jude11142
    Calling out sick for me is a tough call. I work weekday baylor, 3pm to 7am twice a week. Work 32 hrs get paid for 40, plus I chose to take the per diem pay instead of benefits(big mistake, I am in the midst of going back to benes). Anyways, if I am sick and call out, that is 16 hrs that I lose. Plus, if we don't work the full 32 hrs we don't get the extra 8 hr pay. Therefore, in my case, I lose 24hrs pay. Not good!!!

    Right now, I have something brewing in me. Feel like you know what, have the chills, body aches low-grade temp etc............I went to work on Mon came home tues morning, slept to about 3pm and started to feel sick about that time. That night, I didn't sleep that well, and woke up Wed at 11am.....and had to be in work by 3pm for my other double. I did stay the whole two shifts but boy was I miserable. The DON was there for evening shift, and I not only looked like crap but I ended up vomiting etc.....you would think that she wouldn't want to have any of us working sick but noooooooooooo,,,,she says, "you can make it".............with a smile. Give me a break.....I tend to get intiminated easily(though I am getting more assertive)and most of the supervisors where I work really tries to make you feel bad when you call out. Plus, they give you the third degree, what is wrong?, can't you come in for a half shift?, what are we gonna do now? and so on....

    We have been told that we need to call out sick atleast 4 hrs before assigned shift, which is fair. Only once, I had a problem complying with that rule. I was going on my second double, so I slept late, didn't wake up until 1pm and again work was at 3pm....I woke up with such a headache, nausea, couldn't lift my head off pillow. So, I called out and caught hell for it. I tried to explain that was when I woke up(after working a double and coming home at 8am)and bottom line, I am sick and not coming in!!
    That's how is goes where I work,

    JUDE
  8. by   plumrn
    I call in if I'm too sick to do the job. Fortunately, that's very rarely. I don't want co-workers to come in sick spreading their germs, either.

    My biggest irritation is when someone comes in and immediately start complaining they are sick, and feel bad. PLEASE call in when you're sick. Don't come in sick, then immediately want to go home. That's much harder on your co-workers than just calling in from the beginning.
  9. by   Big Bab's
    Originally posted by 1RNLadybug
    That is what I ask myself "can I care for my patients well?"

    We all get sick. Sometimes we just need a few days to regroup. I am taking today and tomorrow off for 'mental flossing.'
    I work too much and push myself too hard, trying to learn to balance work and home. When I called in I said I had "personal situation I had to resolve and won't be in until Saturday am." They know not to ask "why." because it is personal.

    Years ago I called in and said i was 'sick', and the supervisor said 'what do you mean by sick," like I was out drinking all night or something. I said 'irritable bowel syndrome, would you like me to bring you a stool specimen? That was the last time they asked what do I mean by sick.

    We are human, we get sick, especially with all we are exposed to, coughing, spitting, bleeding, phlem...

    linda

    I am soo glad to hear that I am not the only one who needs a mental health break once in a while!!....I work in an office/clinic setting, and we are ALWAYS understaffed, at times it is sooo stressful, some mornings I feel like I never left!!.....I used to beat myself up anytime I had to be gone, and make myself feel even worse than I already did.....About 2 years ago I had to call in because I was in the ER with my 3 yr old son, who was VERY dehydrated from the flu, when I called, my supervisor actually had the balls (sorry about the language) to ask when I'd be done at the ER and coming in to work!!!....When I said I'd be at home with my son, she asked why my husband couldn't do it!!!....Damn woman!!...Have a heart would ya!!!!...at least that's what I wanted to say........Since that happened I decided I would NEVER let her make me feel guilty for taking care of my family or myself like I would any of my patients, again, and that includes a mental health break once or twice a year.....It's just not worth me sacrificing myself!!
  10. by   NorthStar
    Calling in sick is just that. I think that it hits nurses extra hard because we are difficult and expensive to replace. I've actually seen it where a hospital had to transfer all their patients on one floor to another because one nurse called in. That's how stressful the staffing can be at times. We all know this, because we've been hit at work, extra loaded because of a sick call. Then we get sick from being run down....we either are truly ill or need some mental health time.
    I think the key word is "moderation". Excessive call-in's need to be evaluated confidentially by the nurse manager. Also, anyone calling in for any reason need not be chastized/condemned. In some states, it is illegal to call a nurse at home if she has called in sick. It's considered harrassment.
  11. by   barefootlady
    Sick is fever, nausea,vomiting, diarrhea, splitting HA, and severe weakness. Sick is not trip to Sam's. But agree that sometimes a mental health day might be required. Too bad my mental health is no longer top priority.
  12. by   NorthStar
    Quote from barefootlady: Sick is fever, nausea,vomiting, diarrhea, splitting HA, and severe weakness. Sick is not trip to Sam's. But agree that sometimes a mental health day might be required. Too bad my mental health is no longer top priority.

    I dissagree. Sometimes you might feel well enough at home to think that you can go back to work. Not a better test to see if you are ready to go back to work, than a nice brisk walk through Sam's. I would say that if you didn't last at Sam's for an hour, you wouldn't last a 12 hour shift at the hospital
  13. by   Agnus
    If I am well enough to "weight" a decisision to go or not I go.
    If I am too sick to go, then there is no decision involved.

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