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This is a discussion on When calling in are you asked "what's wrong with you" in General Nursing Discussion, part of General Nursing ... I'm calling into work for tomorrows shift. The House Sup (or whoever is in the office) asks "well...by squatmunkie_RN May 7, '12I'm calling into work for tomorrows shift. The House Sup (or whoever is in the office) asks "well whats wrong with you" Is that legal? Am I under any obligation to tell them so? Where's MY HIPPA protection?
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- May 7, '12 by brilloheadTell 'em you have anal glaucoma.
You just can't see your arse coming into work...
- May 7, '12 by ckh23The one hospital I work at just wanted to know if you had flu symptoms. Another hospital seemed like the grand inquisition to which I politely told them I'm sick and not coming in and that there was nothing further to discuss.
- May 7, '12 by AnonRNCWhen I call in, I am asked a series of SCRIPTED questions designed to identify communicable diseases about which the hospital may want to know (cough, fever, GI, etc.). If they don't apply, I just say no to each one, end of discussion. If I call in for a sick child, there are no questions.
"Scripted" is the key word above. It isn't the person on the phone being nosy, she's doing her job to gather data used to identify trends - mostly related to influenza.
- May 7, '12 by chevyvI just tell the I'm sick and will not answer their questions why. None of their business, period, unless it's contagious and I've been working.
- May 7, '12 by nrsang97I am only asked if I am ill or absent.
- May 7, '12 by NicuGalNope...we have a no fault call in policy...we just say we are calling off.
- May 7, '12 by bearcat194Sweet merciful God, this is the funniest thing I've read all year. Whew... I can't breathe, thanks for that :-D
- May 7, '12 by squatmunkie_RNWhat are you talking about???
- May 7, '12 by Been there,done thatLeave it to nursing... now we have to describe the reason we are sick!
#1 I am sick of working
#2 I am taking a mental health day
#3 I have the hershey squirts and cannot make the 45 minute drive
#4 I don't have to give any details.... I will not be in today!