Is anyones facility so short staffed that they feel guilty calling in sick? - page 5

:rolleyes: I never call in sick no matter what. Even if I were dying I would probably never call in sick (lol). I am so sick and tired of these people that call in sick because they have a hang... Read More

  1. by   Vsummer1
    Originally posted by bagladyrn
    The last time an administrator tried to make me come in when I had called in sick was a DON who called back after I had called in with dysentery! She told me to come in, get some kaopectate and compazine and work anyway - get this - in the newborn nursery! As the only nurse! I came in all right - straight to the ER, where after talking to the doc, he called her and told her that as a matter of public health, no way was I working.
    Since that day 14 yrs. ago, if I am sick, I call in, no excuses, no "I'm really sorry", no explanations. Just "I'm sick and won't be in today" No guilt either!
    It floors me that you had to get a doctor to justify your illness in order to call in sick! But, your point was made and you then had no reason to feel the guilt that your DON was trying to give you.

    How DARE anyone tell you to take a medicine that would harm you in order to go to work? Sorry, even us first semester nurses know not to take an anti-diarrheal with an intestinal infection... and even worse, I am sorry you had to go through the ER to verify that!

    POINT MADE.
  2. by   dhogan
    I have worked with bronchitis and an inhaler in my pocket. Also got sick a few times but couldn't leave cause there was no one to take my pts. I will call in now if I feel what I have is contagious but like most I don't want to leave the floor short. Very hard to find others to work on our floor. Even now I have waited 5 months to see an ortho doc for a possible rotator tear in my shoulder. Worried about having to stay out for surgery. My appt is tomorrow and I finally realized it wasn't my responsibility to worry about staffing if I was out a few weeks.
  3. by   grizngrit
    Have you ever heard the expression, "THIS IS MY LIVING, NOT MY LIFE" ? Keep your germs home with the rest of your anatomy.
  4. by   LilgirlRN
    I am at work tonight even though I had fever yesterday and my ears are killing me. Everyone is sick, we've had multiple callins on each shift. I called in last night, but felt guilty enough that I came in tonight. Luckily it got cold tonight and has kept the frequent flyers at home ( I work in the ED).
  5. by   outbackannie
    I hate it when an employee comes in sick. Not only does it put patients at risk, it also puts the other employees at risk. Keep your germs to yourself! It especially makes it much harder on the other staff if you come in sick and are not able to give 100% which means they have to pick up the slack and/or the patient doesn't get proper care. If you come in sick, and end up having to go home early because you just can't do it, then it is nearly impossible to find someone to replace you. If you must feel guilty about being sick, there must be something else behind it.
  6. by   sphinx
    Well, I admit to not having read this whole thread, but having been sick as a dang dog most of the week I did pick up on some bits. Monday evening I started with severe abdominal cramps/diarrhea/nausea.....which has continued. Fever up through yesterday. Today no diarrhea or nausea, but continous cramping which will NOT go away, am only comfortable laying down or propped up with 2 pillows (love my iBook), sitting or standing is dreadful. Ate only some bread and a granola bar today. Had an EGD (for other reasosn). Feel horrid. Have paperwork from MOnday I never completed because I was so sick (I do homecare), I can't even imagine sitting up at my desk for the 1-2 hours to complete it! And I wonder seriously if these cramps and poain will be gone by tomorrow. I feel dehydrated and dead tired. And yes, I feel guilty at the thought of calling in again after the past few days.......I doubt (?) I'm contagious still, but I can't even stand upright! All I can think is, my boss will have a cow if I call in. I am paranoid......I was fired once for calling in too much, and I worry.....but if I feel like this tomorrow, I won't know what to do.....any suggestions???????
  7. by   Youda
    An old standby is to call and ask your boss to assess you. Have her take your temperature, do an abdominal assessment, fluid balance, full vital signs, etc. If you can possibly manage it, barf on her shoes about then. This is what I tell my CNAs to do when they are getting grief from management. I tell them to come in (but not clock in yet) and have a nurse assess them. Then, there's no question about the validity of it. Barfing really helps.
  8. by   Vsummer1
    Originally posted by Youda
    An old standby is to call and ask your boss to assess you. Have her take your temperature, do an abdominal assessment, fluid balance, full vital signs, etc. If you can possibly manage it, barf on her shoes about then. This is what I tell my CNAs to do when they are getting grief from management. I tell them to come in (but not clock in yet) and have a nurse assess them. Then, there's no question about the validity of it. Barfing really helps.
    I was going to suggest seeing a doctor, but this is better cuz it is FREE and so passive aggressive at the same time...
  9. by   legsmalone
    Originally posted by dhogan
    I have worked with bronchitis and an inhaler in my pocket. Also got sick a few times but couldn't leave cause there was no one to take my pts. I will call in now if I feel what I have is contagious but like most I don't want to leave the floor short. Very hard to find others to work on our floor. Even now I have waited 5 months to see an ortho doc for a possible rotator tear in my shoulder. Worried about having to stay out for surgery. My appt is tomorrow and I finally realized it wasn't my responsibility to worry about staffing if I was out a few weeks.
    Good luck, I hope you don't have to undergo surgical repair of the cuff....I've strained my right cuff playing sports a few times and even that can kill, I feel your pain and am AMAZED you were able to keep on keepin' on with work.
  10. by   Vsummer1
    LEGSMALONE -- you go to Bakersfield? Are you going to their campus or a satellite campus? How is their program? I was actually thinking of looking into it, but ended up in an ADN program... dh is stationed at Edwards and I didn't think there were options in this "armpit".
  11. by   legsmalone
    Originally posted by Vsummer1
    LEGSMALONE -- you go to Bakersfield? Are you going to their campus or a satellite campus? How is their program? I was actually thinking of looking into it, but ended up in an ADN program... dh is stationed at Edwards and I didn't think there were options in this "armpit".
    I am actually on campus, but I know the options at the satellite campuses for nursing classes are pretty good, one of the classes I am in now is closed circuted to College of the Sequoias and Antelope valley. I am very happy with the program here, if you can, I would really suggest looking into the RN to BSN program they have here, besides the BSN, you also get a certificate in Public Health which is great to have if you are interested in working out in community health clinincs and the like.
    Yeah, I moved from San Diego to come to school here.......long story, but I heard all sorts of good things about the program here down south from nurses my Mom worked with who had worked with graduates from this program. I had the same type of reaction, "What??? Bakersfield????" but I do love the program. We are about to go through a BRN visit and hope to be certified by them so you could add that to the list of good things too!
    OK, I am done being a commercial.......
  12. by   jennirn
    you're working with patients, wose immune systems are compromised...call in if you're sick. I think your co-workers are pitiful for calling in with hangovers. Also if you're going in sick with something contagious you are not helping the call-in problem either as you are exposing your co-workers. I only call in when sick and I don't feel guilty about it. If you're sick, you're sick.
  13. by   Marty1
    I can't say I feel guilty when I call in sick
    I used to long ago but not now
    I realized that by going in sick it often caused other
    to get sick and that wasn't good plus I just wasn't good
    for my patients when I was feeling ill myself
    I try not to abuse my sick time though and only use it
    if I truly am sick

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