What do you say when calling out sick? - page 3

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   madwife2002
    If you are sick you are sick I really dont want you round me
    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.
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. 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')
  5. by   KaroSnowQueen
    I always say, This is Karo, I won't be in today, please tell my supervisor. It is NONE of their business what is or is not wrong with you. Sometimes I call in because I'm sick all right, sick of work.

    The only time I gave details was when my son was hospitalized with possible meningitis. Had been told ' you cannot miss today, don't care what goes on (was new job).' So I showed up, my ADON asked why i wanted off, told them kid had LP pending, possible meningitis. OH BOY, she backed off from me 20 feet and said go on home and don't come back without a note saying he's not got it OR when the doc's sure you're not carrying it!!!! LOL Had two off days til they decided he didn't have it. They never told me again that I couldn't take an off day!!!!
  6. by   studentmom77
    I know this is an old thread, but I don't see a better place for my question. I have never made a habit of calling out, I haven't in two years and I hear what everyone is saying here, if you are sick you are sick just call out. Well in recent weeks our facility has decided that we cannot make any requests for time off, except for vacation time. I am pay in lieu of benefits as are quite a few of the people I work with. When we wanted time off in the past we just had to find coverage for our shift didn't matter if it was a regular employee or a per diem it just couldn't mean overtime hours for them. So now we are told we cannot get per diems to cover shifts!! it's nuts because it makes it impossible to get coverage for a weekend shift. The nurses on our same weekends will happily pick them up to get a double but we can't give them the shift. the nurses scheduled for the other weekend don't want extras at least not on their weekend off. So they have left no choice but for us to call out. I know a 7-3 nurse will stay for the double but isn't that stupid when they could have let me give the shift to a per diem for straight time? I guess I am venting more that anything. But my question is what do you say when you know the person on the other end of the line knows you aren't sick because you already tried to get coverage but were denied, anyone ever been in this situation? I am prepared to take the write up, but wondering if there is something I can say to my supervisor when I call out so I look like less of a jack*ss.
  7. by   HeatherGurl84
    I tell them that I am taking a sick day and will see them tomorrow, and will be bringing doctor's note if applicable. It isnt their business to know symptoms.....
  8. by   canned_bread
    If I am sick, I say something like "Hi, I work in.... and I cannot come in today as I am unwell". Quite frankly, if they probed me I would find it rude and would say something like "diarrhoea, it's everywhere". That would terminate the probing quite promptly I would think!
  9. by   SaoirseRN
    Around here, we are not obligated to say why we are sick, even if asked (they are not actually allowed to ask) I just say who I am, then, "I'm calling in sick for days tomorrow/nights to night".
  10. by   Steffy44
    If you're sick, you're sick. I've never called in but I won't feel guilty or apologize for doing it if I'm ill. My patients deserve all of me. However, nurses who call in when they joked all day the day before, that they were going to call in on the worst staffing day of the week...Sunday...and then do it irk me beyond belief. Then when your coworkers call you out in a text and you admit it...no integrity. You let your team down. There are a lot of days I drag myself in but I do it. I don't want to make things harder or my team.
  11. by   SimayRN
    My hospital actually has a sick line. It's a specific phone number you call when calling out sick, bereavement leave, kin care or jury duty. You state your name, unit, date, time, shift and reason for absence. If it's a personal sick call they tell you to state "my own illness" for the reason. That's it. You don't have to speak to anyone or explain yourself.
  12. by   24hourshift
    It is our policy per regulations to track staff illness as part of the infection control program. So whether during the call or later, we at least want to know if there was a comunicable illness, fever, vomitting, diarrhea etc.
    Calling in sick isn't so much the issue as finding a replacement. We don't take phone calls or listen to voicmail anymore. People don't get awakened by the little beep of a text at night. For those smaller facilities, or LTC with only one nurse on, this can be quite a burden to deal with. Taking a call at 6 pm that you are needed at 7pm to stay awake and alert all night long does not work for everyone...or maybe most anyone.

    My only pet peeve lately is posting your shopping trip on social media on a day you called in sick. Co-workers are not happy about that.
  13. by   blondy2061h
    I take the call ins now for all the inpatient units. We ask if it's because you're sick, you have a personal emergency, or a different family member is sick. We don't care for more details than that and I really don't need to hear a list of your symptoms. At my hospital you can't call in just because you feel like it, though. When I have people calling in saying "I'm not going to be in," I do need to ask for a little more than that just to know how to classify the call in.