What would you do???

  1. Have a question for all you nurses out there. I've been reading a thread about calling in sick. Here's the scenerio: nurse has given her 2 week notice. Would you call in sick to use up your sick day benefits? Is this benefit something we deserve, or would that be just plain deceitful?
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  3. by   fergus51
    I am divided. I think it's technically deceitful because they are sick days, not holiday days, but I can see why people would want to use them up before they leave. I am probably too much of a goody two shoes to be able to use them and not stress out about it, which would kind of defeat the purpose.
  4. by   JeannieM
    Check the employee handbook before you try something like this. Some contracts have a clause that can zap you financially or that preclude the use of sick days after a person has resigned. And I don't know what loyalty you feel for your colleagues there, but you might think also of what your absence would do to them, and to your patient population.
    The other alternative is to go stand in front of a very small, slow-moving truck...:devil
  5. by   cmggriff
    Calling in sick when you are not sick is deceitful. The circumstances do not change the basic facts. You can always call in with the vision problem you so obviously have, i.e. "I can't see coming in to work anymore." :chuckle Gary
  6. by   P_RN
    My old dungeon...oooops hospital you are required to be present every day for the length of your notice. If you call out sick then your notice is extended by that number of days. Two weeks is not six twelve hour days in a 2 week period. NO it's 10 calendar days!

    You can be required to work the day before and the day after vacation or not be paid ANY personal leave for the whole time.
    Sick days were paid only for the second day of an illness. EVERYONE was sick for at least 2 days so they could get paid!
  7. by   Sleepyeyes
    I would've used up my sick days deciding whethter to quit....
    deceitful?
    I've come to think of it as "good business."
  8. by   nakitamoon
    In the facility I work at,,,,, Assisted Living with a Skilled Nursing Home,,attached,,,,,,, You must use any PTO time you have aquired prior to turning in written resignation,,,,,, Once paperwork is turned in you are uneligable for that time,,,,,,,, They do give you option to take it in cash at half the value,,,,, again prior to written resignation,,,,,, After you turn in your resignation you must work your time out,,,,,,, Not required to do any extra shifts ,,,,,,,, but must show for your scheduled time,,,,,,, Only penality beyond losing your well deserved PTO,,,,, is a not rehireable status,,,,,, Moon
  9. by   misti_z
    Originally posted by Sleepyeyes
    I would've used up my sick days deciding whethter to quit....
    deceitful?
    I've come to think of it as "good business."
    LOL....I second that!
  10. by   Julie, RN
    At my last job they gave me all my PTO's in a lump sum "bonus" check when I left.
  11. by   Zee_RN
    My hospital pays out any unused PTO time in your last paycheck. So you don't lose it. Sounds like good business to me -- sure would help to prevent call-offs in the notice period.

    I would not call-off during my notice period just for the sake of calling off or for getting PTO money. That's just me; I couldn't do it. I'd be getting that "I'm-gonna-burn-in-hell" guilt; not to mention sticking your co-workers.
  12. by   ratchit
    If you're sick, you're sick. They may call you a short timer, but what can ya do?

    If you're thinking about calling out sick the entire two weeks of your notice, that's kinda, well, slimy unless the place is a hellhole that has treated you very badly. I just can't bring myself to encourage anyone to go to work in a place that abuses you.

    I second the message of another poster- where I'm from, PTO time is all yours when you leave. I think it's a labor law thing, not a hospital policy thing. Most state departments of labor have websites- you might find the info you're looking at online. At least check your hospital policy and union contract, if you have one.
  13. by   nursegoodguy
    I am divided on this... Why is it that as an employee who doesn't frivolously call in you get penalized by the company not wanting to pay you what you have accrued?
    So the employees who does call in got all their sick time but you who have not called in but are going to quit will lose it...
    Well there is an incentive to call in! I don't know...
    I really like my new boss and wouldn't lie to him about anything! (I wouldn't even tell my old boss that was such a #$@ a lie but not because I like her, but for me... I must have some integrity)... Also I would not lie about why I was calling in, (I enjoy my good health too much to put that sort of karma in my account.) I have had people call in and say they were sick or their kid was sick or someone died, you name it! Each time I fall for it because I just can't imagine lieing about illness like that especially using your kids as an excuse!
    Can't you just call in and say, "I can't make it in today and I am using my sick time?" Where I work if you use it within 45 days of self termination then they take it out of your last check...
    Check your handbook before you do anything!
  14. by   tonicareer
    what happens latter on when a new employer checks your work record and discovers how often you called in sick it might hurt you down the road

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