Just a quick background on myself. I have very little hospital experience, I volunteered in an ED for a few months, and as of today I am a new nursing student. In my limited time in the ED I often heard nurses mention/complain about other nurses calling out for their shift. Also I have a friend recently tell me about a bad few days at work over the weekend when each day had 3-4 nurses call out. My question is do nurses seem to call out more than others or is this problem elevated because of the limited nurses on the floor or in a certain department?
We have shift work, no per diem or on call nurses, no use of agency so if someone calls off then guess what? You are doing a 16! That is unless you can split the call off nurse's shift with the next shift. I have done way to many of these. CNAs call off more than anyone here. I get called all the time at 4am saying someone called off can you come in. I used to say yes but now I tell them no way in hell. They need to hire per diem. We have so many nurses apply here and they say, "Sorry, no spots." I have worked while being ill multiple times because no one could come in for me. One of twenty reasons I am trying to find a new job. I can tolerate a lot, but I can't tolerate 60+ hours a week.
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