Calling in sick before the holidays

  1. [font=book antiqua]all of us had full loads yesterday. i was told to delegate some of mine because i had to drive a ways to teach a family how to inject interferon, so i would limit the overtime. i did. a while later we get a message that one of the lvns called in sick. she was the one i delegated my pts to. great.

    [font=book antiqua]boss called her and informed her that by calling in sick the day before a holiday, she will not the holiday pay.

    [font=book antiqua]*gasp*

    [font=book antiqua]all of a sudden she's feeling better!!!!
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    [font=book antiqua]*addendum* this post is not about the legitimately ill. when a reminder about the policy suddenly produces a healing, the "illness" is obviously not legit. that's what this is about.
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    Last edit by TazziRN on Nov 23, '07
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  2. 37 Comments

  3. by   EmmaG
    She knew she was going to be sick the next day? Amazing! Ask her to email me next weeks lotto numbers, please.
  4. by   Lorie P.
    Quote from tazzirn
    [font=book antiqua]all of us had full loads yesterday. i was told to delegate some of mine because i had to drive a ways to teach a family how to inject interferon, so i would limit the overtime. i did. a while later we get a message that one of the lvns called in sick. she was the one i delegated my pts to. great.

    [font=book antiqua]boss called her and informed her that by calling in sick the day before a holiday, she will not the holiday pay.

    [font=book antiqua]*gasp*

    [font=book antiqua]all of a sudden she's feeling better!!!!

    work has been calling off and on for a couple of days due to so many people calling in "sick".

    i have to work christmas eve, christmas night and new year's eve, no way i am going into work.

    i had to find someone to cover for me 3 nights next week, due to having to be in atlanta for a deposition, my pto time was not approved till i found coverage.

    i hate it they are short staffed, but it happens every year.
  5. by   Mulan
    As far as I'm concerned if you're calling in on a holiday you'd better be dead.

    I had to go in and work one thanksgiving at a sister hospital because someone called in sick, otherwise I would have been off.

    I used to work where we rotated shifts and this one person would be on 11-7 over thanksgiving, and every year she would call in sick on Wednesday night, so she got a good nights sleep, got thanksgiving day off and because she went in at 11pm on Thanksgiving day it didn't count as calling in on a holiday.
  6. by   nurz2be
    Quote from tazzirn
    [font=book antiqua]all of us had full loads yesterday. i was told to delegate some of mine because i had to drive a ways to teach a family how to inject interferon, so i would limit the overtime. i did. a while later we get a message that one of the lvns called in sick. she was the one i delegated my pts to. great.

    [font=book antiqua]boss called her and informed her that by calling in sick the day before a holiday, she will not the holiday pay.

    [font=book antiqua]*gasp*

    [font=book antiqua]all of a sudden she's feeling better!!!!
    the hospital i work at as a tech, newly appointed yay, has a sick policy, 1 day ok, anymore you have to have a physician's note and it cannot be a physician that works directly on your floor. (favors) additionally, if you call in sick prior or just after a holiday it is mandatory to have a physician's note, even if for 1 day. in addition they won't receive holiday pay and must work the next 2 holidays.

    ouch....
  7. by   TazziRN
    Quote from Emmanuel Goldstein
    She knew she was going to be sick the next day? Amazing! Ask her to email me next weeks lotto numbers, please.
    No, no......she called in yesterday, saying she was too sick to work. Boss told her that if she didn't work yesterday she would not get holiday pay for today.
  8. by   hellerd2003
    Quote from TazziRN
    No, no......she called in yesterday, saying she was too sick to work. Boss told her that if she didn't work yesterday she would not get holiday pay for today.
    If we call in sick the day before or after a holiday, we lose the holiday pay.

    It keeps everyone honest. Rarely do people ever call in on a holiday on my unit.
  9. by   MrsWampthang
    My husband called in sick for tomorrow because he IS sick. He should have called off the whole week. He has that cough, cold, congestion that kicks you in the butt stuff and he is absolutely miserable. He worked today from 7-3 and was the last one to leave the shift since he had a discharge and a new patient at the last minute. (he works ER) One the evening shift nurses came in early but instead of letting my very sick husband go home, they drew straws! We had Thanksgiving dinner here so he had his whole family telling him the same thing I told him....stay home tomorrow! The ER won't fall apart without him and he NEVER calls in for any reason. So there are exceptions to calling off before, on or the day after the holidays.

    Pam
  10. by   DutchgirlRN
    Quote from MrsWampthang
    My husband called in sick for tomorrow because he IS sick. So there are exceptions to calling off before, on or the day after the holidays.
    Respectfully...this thread is about co-workers who call in sick when in fact they are not. People do legitamately get sick at the holidays, they are not the ones being discussed.
  11. by   TazziRN
    Quote from mrswampthang
    so there are exceptions to calling off before, on or the day after the holidays.

    pam
    [font=book antiqua]if the staff member i'm talking about were truly sick, the threat of not getting holiday pay would not have brought about a miraculous recovery.
  12. by   Xbox Live Addict
    Hoo, boy... I'm just glad I will never have to work another holiday again. We're not open holidays.
  13. by   wooh
    Quote from nurz2be
    The hospital I work at as a tech, newly appointed YAY, has a sick policy, 1 day ok, anymore you HAVE to have a physician's note and it cannot be a physician that works directly on your floor. (Favors) Additionally, if you call in sick prior or just after a holiday it is MANDATORY to have a physician's note, even if for 1 day. In addition they won't receive holiday pay and MUST work the next 2 holidays.

    OUCH....
    Because as a healthcare professional, I'm not capable of determining whether or not I'm truly sick.
    I really resent being asked to bring in a doctor's note. It's assuming that I'm lying (and as far as I'm concerned, also an invasion of my privacy.) And if you think that little of my integrity, you shouldn't trust me with patients.
    True, there are some people that take advantage of more lenient attendance policies. But I'm tired of the honest being punished for dishonesty. Why should I pay a copay because I have a virus (that no MD visit is going to fix) that takes 2-3 days to go away? It's bad enough I'm losing my shift diffs and just getting PTO pay (which I'd really rather spend on a planned vacation) but then I have to pay a copay at the MD too?
  14. by   TazziRN
    Quote from wooh
    because as a healthcare professional, i'm not capable of determining whether or not i'm truly sick.
    i really resent being asked to bring in a doctor's note. it's assuming that i'm lying (and as far as i'm concerned, also an invasion of my privacy.) and if you think that little of my integrity, you shouldn't trust me with patients.
    true, there are some people that take advantage of more lenient attendance policies. but i'm tired of the honest being punished for dishonesty. why should i pay a copay because i have a virus (that no md visit is going to fix) that takes 2-3 days to go away? it's bad enough i'm losing my shift diffs and just getting pto pay (which i'd really rather spend on a planned vacation) but then i have to pay a copay at the md too?
    [font=book antiqua]i agree with the other stuff you said but why would requiring a doctor's note be an invasion of privacy? the doc does not have to state what is wrong, in fact i don't think i've ever seen a doc's note say this. all it has to say is "nurse wooh can return to work on (date)." they can't ask and they can't insist on knowing.

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