What do you say when calling out sick? - page 4

I appreciate all the feedback on my previous thread. It was eye-opening. Ever since my previous career and my strong work ethic, it would usually take a lot for me to call out sick. I worked at... Read More

  1. by   JDZ344
    I say "I am not coming in today, I am sick".
    Last edit by JDZ344 on May 14, '14
  2. by   K+MgSO4
    Unless there is a risk to your colleagues or patients health then there is no need to disclose what is wrong with you. mind you as one of my staff is ESRD and on HDX waiting on a transplant everytime she calls in sick part of my heart leaps waiting for her to say "I have a match I am getting my transplant". Still waiting for that.
  3. by   MomRN0913
    The nursing office at my job used to push us for what was wrong. Then they would tell us to take a tylenol and see how we feel. Wasn't a fan of that one.

    I usually call out when I am sick, and I usually sound quite sick, so I usually don't get asked.

    Just don't be the jackwagon who calls out sick and then posts a picture of herself on FB at a restaurant. Happened somewhere I worked. They now have a social networking policy and she was fired.
  4. by   blondy2061h
    "Hi, this is Blondy, I'm an RN on Oncology Crazy Central Unit. I will be unable to make it to work today because I am ill."

    I have never been questioned. I don't try and sound ill on the phone, though sometimes I'm sure I do. I don't have any qualms about using the word ill. If you use weaker words like, "Not feeling well" you may run into people saying that you may feel better later, why not call back then?
  5. by   Meriwhen
    "I'm not feeling well so I'm calling out. I'll be in tomorrow/I'll see how I feel for tomorrow."

    Depending on who the supervisor is I may or may not elaborate.
  6. by   Pixiesmom
    I have anal glaucoma and I don't see my heiney coming in! Ok, sorry I just couldn't help myself.

    We do have to give our sx when we call in as the information is tracked.
  7. by   That Guy
    We are a no fault facility so I simply say Im not coming in.
  8. by   joanna73
    I rarely call in sick. When I have, it's: "Hi. I'm sick. I won't be in. Thanks. Goodbye." The end.
  9. by   EarlyRN
    Quote from Pixiesmom
    I have anal glaucoma and I don't see my heiney coming in! Ok, sorry I just couldn't help myself.

    We do have to give our sx when we call in as the information is tracked.


    Funny!
  10. by   madwife2002
    If you are sick you are sick I really dont want you round me
    but
    If you are calling off because you dont want to work I dont want to know, just say you are sick, why dont I want to know because if we do not find cover you are sticking it to your co-worker and I do not think it is fair.

    Instead why don't you ask for a PLB day off so plans can be made to cover you.

    I guess I will get grief for saying this but if everybody thought they would just take the day off because they cant be bothered to go into work then it would be a huge mess.
  11. by   psu_213
    Quote from paddler
    But they announced at a staff meeting at work that when people do call in be prepared for the Nurse Manager to ask and record on paper your responses to why you are sick, what Sx you are having, etc.
    I have an issue with this. In my mind they don't have a right to know why you are out unless you are out with an infectious illness and/or out for a really long time (anyone know the legal issues with management probing into every detail off your call of?). My job requires a doctor's note for long absences, but usually these notes to just say something to the effect of "Excuse Sally Smith from work for Jan4-Jan 11. She was under my treatment and it is she is now permitted to go back to work." Does managment have a right to ask for more information than this?
  12. by   Been there,done that
    The employer has NO right to question you.
    " I am not coming in today, I don't feel well." No other details are required.
  13. by   RNsRWe
    Quote from Been there,done that
    The employer has NO right to question you.
    " I am not coming in today, I don't feel well." No other details are required.
    Well.....not exactly.

    I worked for a hospital that held the policy of asking for the symptoms you were experiencing that made it so you were out sick that day. NOT because they felt you had to "prove" you were sick, but because they tracked how many people called out how many times that day for the same set of symptoms; if it reached a certain number it triggered a report to the health department notifying them of excessive absences r/t this symptom. It had to be monitored because of concern for epidemic, what might be spread through the facility, etc.

    If it was normal to have four people call in every shift for D/N/V, and suddenly there were 15 people calling out, it would be followed-up on (no one gets in trouble, just 'what happened')

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