I was curious to see how other facilities handle this touchy subject. I was working as the house supervisor on Sunday morning. I had both nurses scheduled to work the 3-11 shift in the extended care unit call in ill. This department is notorious for calling in, especially on weekends. But, nothing seems to be done about it. At the LTC facility I worked at a few years ago before I became a nurse was fairly strict about call ins. If you called in on your weekend to work, you got to work the next one, no questions asked. That policy pretty much eliminated any "questionable" call ins. My current facility doesn't seem to have much of a policy in place except that if you miss more that two days do to illness, you need a doctor's note. Each department manager just handles each situation as it comes along. I feel their should be a hospital wide policy on call ins, and the same rules should apply to everyone, regardless. I know I just dreaming, but I was wondering what other facilities do. I know just about everyone gets sick once and a while, and that I have no problem with. It is the same people who call in all the time. Thanks for letting me vent.
Nov 27, '01
Working for the government ...That just about explains it all.
We have people who, if they come to work two days a week, is just about short of a miracle! Our policy is anything three days and over, you need a Dr's note. Some of them must spend half their time and what little pay they get going to and paying the Doc's! To be quite frank, I don't understand how they survive on what little pay they get. Then they have the nerve to ask others who do get a decent paycheck if they can borrow 100, 200 dollars until next pay. Heck, I don't think they even make THAT much when they do get paid. Then if you do call out alot you weren't allowed to do overtime. Because we're so short, they now let those who can't ever come to work, work other shifts to make up for what they didn't make. Now I have a big problem with that. I just tics me off that they'll leave our shift short all the time, but will come in for overtime on other shifts. But in reality, it's not really overtime for them. Leave it to the government to do some junk like that. And the same ones never want to do what they're supposed to do, and sleep from 1am 'til 5am, never checking their pt's! They could be dead for all they know! It takes forever to get rid of them. Why? The answer that I always get is, "Well that's just the way the government works." Hell, just plain fire them...simple. No fuss, no muss. There are people out there who wished they had a job and are willing to come to work...Thanks for listening, I appreciate it.
Last edit by night owl on Nov 27, '01