All three day nurses called out sick today. The first relief nurse came and then proceeded to call the nursing supervisor and complain, "This is unsafe nursing practice! None of us reliefs know these pts, and something should be done about this!" The second relief nurse just stood there with her hands on her hips not saying a word, and the third relief nurse came and said, "Well we will just have to make the best of it." Two of the six NAs called out, but they didn't complain. One of the nurses who called out said to me the other day, "I'm working 12-8 this Thursday night and I'll need you." As she's pointing her finger at me, she says, "And don't call out!" The nerve! She's never worked 12-8 before. I have half a notion to call out just to pi$$ her off, but I can't do that b/c I'm not that way. I almost did a double today if the supervisor didn't find those three relief nurses. Wait until I see those three nit-wits...
Dec 24, '01
Heck the AHN lives around the corner and would never even think about giving a helping hand in times of great need and yet our previous AHN would ask, "Well, is it pt care or meds?" The supervisor??? Notify the NM??? No, they never do. It's the super's job to get it right. And to call NM and have her call up staff to see if they can WHAT? Possibly change their days off and come in for christmas??? LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's an endless battle, and I give up. I just know that when the holidays come around and I have to work, I'm always there so that other people who didn't get it off last year can enjoy it this year. So now you have the people who are off and the people who aren't off but make themselves off by being "sick", and no one comes to work! What happened to responsibility??? Musta went out the window when "managed care" came in. "OK patients, you can manage. (on your own) We have NO staff. No one wanted to take care of you over the holidays, but have a merry Christmas anyway!" That really strikes a nerve with me, and if I were in management's position, any person who calls in sick from say Dec.23 thru Jan 1st must bring in a Doc's note for verification. If no note, then a very severe penalty of some kind will be enforced. Whatever that is...It's just that when one person calls out it affects the whole system. Other people have to float, some have to do overtime and the bottomline, pt care always suffers because of it and it's not fair to them or the staff. What really gets me is that when it's all over, they come in grining from ear to ear and that's when I'd love to see administration put their big foot right up their a$$es!
We have to put up with this kind of cr@p all year long, but we shouldn't put up with it during the holidays. Make the penalty severe enough, then maybe these fools will come to work.
Hey Wild, are you still going to talk to Santa about me? Tell him to leave coal to those BAD boys and girls who call out "sick" during the holidays. No wait, tell him to leave them bags of bull_ _ _ _ instead!
Last edit by night owl on Dec 24, '01