When do you call in? - page 2

If you know you're going to call in for the next day's shift, when do you do it? Today for tomorrow's 7A-7P, tonight, or sometime like 3AM tomorrow? I know you NEED to call by 5AM, I'm just asking... Read More

  1. by   jetscreamer101
    I think what the above poster meant to say about the one that got suspended- he had tried to find a replacement, but no one would work for him, so then he called in. Not that he needed to find a replacement for calling in. Thats what I took it to mean.
  2. by   TheCommuter
    I try to call in at least 4 hours prior to the start of my shift. 4 hours should be ample time for the staffing coordinator to make other arrangements that will fill the shift.
  3. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from jetscreamer101
    I think what the above poster meant to say about the one that got suspended- he had tried to find a replacement, but no one would work for him, so then he called in. Not that he needed to find a replacement for calling in. Thats what I took it to mean.
    There are some employers that expect their sick employees to find their own replacements.
  4. by   GeminiTwinRN
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    There are some employers that expect their sick employees to find their own replacements.
    now THAT's crazy!

    i can't think of another profession that would even THINK of asking that of their employees! ridiculous.
  5. by   Otessa
    If I know I am not feeling well-(after being a charge nurse-short-staffed is not fun)-I call in as SOON as I know I won't be there for my next shift so they can try to fill that hole earlier rather than later.......
  6. by   zolly786
    i call as soon as i figure out i'm not going to be able to work. it doesn't really matter when we call in. generally speaking, they can't find someone to cover us. i think we have 3 casuals (all of whom have other full time work) and 5 empty lines (out of 15).
  7. by   Larry77
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    There are some employers that expect their sick employees to find their own replacements.
    I teach some classes for our training and development (staff-ed) dept and we are required to find a replacement if we cannot make it for ANY reason. I am very close to giving up on them even though I love to teach...the way the dept is run is absolutely ridiculous (the above example is only one of many).
  8. by   sweetielin
    i always call in as soon as i know that i will not be able to come in. i understand what it's like to work short staffed. what i don't understand is that night shifters are written up if they call in after 3pm but day shifters routinely call in after 5am. thankfully, we are not responsible for finding our own replacements. there was an incident where a cna had an injury and called in the night before she was to return to work. she was told to come in anway, that they could not get a replacement for her. she came in that morning and had an xray. turned out that her foot was broken.
  9. by   KatrinaPM
    Just be careful not to call in TOO early. Sometimes administration can question you as to why you 'know' you'll be sick enough to call in "already". Just make sure you know your unit culture and what is acceptable. I usually call in the early afternoon before my shift unless it's a subsequent call in. Then I cal call ealier. (But I'm usually never up before noon anyhow!)
  10. by   nursemary9
    Hi

    We MUST call in at least 4 hrs before our shift starts!!
    So I start at 2300 and must call in by 1900.

    Days starts at 0700, so they need to call by 0300. We get written up if we call late. Also, we can't use our PTO if we call late.

    Mary Ann
  11. by   jimthorp
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    There are some employers that expect their sick employees to find their own replacements.

    Yes and this is an absurdly unreasonable expectation! Regardless of policy there is no way on God's green earth I would do this. Besides, I would not want all of the nursing staff to have my phone number! I just added this to my list of questions to ask potential employers.

    My attendance record speaks for itself. I call off only when truely too sick to perform my job, like when I'm to BR q with gastroviroenteritis (happened recently). If I just don't feel well I go in.

    I used to be a supervisor in a non-medical field and you would be amazed the excuses people come up with.

    Where I work they document your reason for calling off.

    I too feel guilty when calling off so that tends to make me wait until the last possible minute to do so.

    jt
  12. by   MIA-RN1
    I called in for the first time ever recently. I was scheduled for 11a - 11p and I called at 4am after I found out I was sick. The next day, I called at 5am.
    They don't ask what is wrong, and the only person you have to call is the charge nurse.
  13. by   GeminiTwinRN
    Well, when I did call in that day, I had to speak to both the charge nurse and then she transferred the call to the house supervisor. I had to tell each of them the symptoms I was having!

close