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- May 7, '12 by sauconyrunnerWe are not asked- unless there is some sort of "thing going around" like norwalk virus or Flu. I have called in a few times and my house sup did ask me a few questions, especially if it was a sore throat, as I sound like a honking goose when I get one....but it was not punative, she was just hoping I would feel better (Small place).
- May 7, '12 by LynnLRNI never bothered to ask why people were calling if. If anything just say you have a stomach bug, or a sick family member or something
- May 7, '12 by OnlybyHisgraceRNI always say for personal reasons, even though I have used mental health day.
- May 7, '12 by TiffyRNWe are not obliged to provide a reason. Since I have intermittent FMLA, I have to tell them if I want the sick call excused due to FMLA, otherwise, we are only asked if we want to use PTO. Occasionally a frustrated charge nurse will mention that you are the 3rd, 4th, 10th (whatever) person calling in for that shift. Like that's really going to change my mind about my illness!! I do generally volunteer the reason. One thing is that our unit won't let visitors in with a fever, so a nurse with a fever is not acceptable either (NICU). Now, don't let that fool you into thinking we have a more generous absence policy, it's pretty strict (hence my needing the protection of FMLA).
- May 7, '12 by Bruce_WayneAt all the hospital jobs I've had they've asked and I've told. I'm slightly surprised by the replies in here, I wonder if I'm the only one that tells their sups their symptoms when they call in. I've only ever called in for fever greater than 101, frequent loose stools, or kidney stone pain.
- May 7, '12 by NayRNwe get a long pause.....
and then a sigh......
and then "did you find someone to cover your shift?"
It doesn't matter if your nose is dripping on people or your mother just died............
staffing is apparently our problem.
I understand, from a business point of view-and I usually feel guilty knowing my co-workers will work short.
But it is a job, and sometimes stuff happens. I earned the PTO, and I have a right to use it when needed.
And then they use it as part of the performance eval........
"you called in 6 times last year. That will decrease your raise from a max of $0.36 to $0.33 per hour."
Oh no, I'd better do better next year because that 3 cents is a huge incentive.
And then they call you in on a Tuesday because someone called in, and you come in to work because you want to help your fellow nurses, and the thought of some overtime pay dances in your head.
But then they call you off on Saturday because of slightly lower census, so you actually lose money because you don't get that weekend differential like you had planned.
Why can't we cover shifts anymore?!?!?!
But in other news, I got a bag of microwave popcorn in my nurse's day goodie bag! I think I will suggest that next year, in honor of nurse's day, coverage is provided for lunch breaks so that even if we are not able to attend the festivities, we will at least be able to enjoy an uninterrupted lunch break on this special day!
- May 7, '12 by anotheronepeople just call in and say, " i am sick", " my car won't work", " "family emergency" no one asks specifics on what type of sickness. none of their business imo. even if it is contagious, keep in mind plenty of people have highly contagious illnesses and ARE not symptomatic.