What do you say when calling out sick? - page 2

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   loriangel14
    I have to disclose my symptoms because vomiting diarrhea and fever mean you have to stay off 48 hours
  2. by   anotherone
    Hi, this is anotherone and I am too sick to come in today. If they feel snubbed so be it. i do not care. If i am too sick to come in I wont. I rarely call off. It is a job, I try very hard to remember that.
  3. by   sharpeimom
    this is sharpeimom. i will need coverage for the 7pm-7am shift today. i plan to work tomorrow. (or i'll call in tomorrow.)

    i usually accumulated enough pto that i saved 2 or 3 shifts worth and donated the balance to fellow employees with either ill family members or who had ? illness/condition themselves and had or would use all their pto.
  4. by   paddler
    I rarely call in unless I really have to. 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. We get fired for 3 call-ins in a year.
  5. by   JDZ344
    I say "I am not coming in today, I am sick".
    Last edit by JDZ344 on May 14, '14
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. by   That Guy
    We are a no fault facility so I simply say Im not coming in.
  12. 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.
  13. 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!

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