When do you call in?

  1. 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 if you know in advance, when do you call?

    TIA!
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  2. 30 Comments

  3. by   NewEastCoastRN
    I think that the most curteous thing to do is to call out the night before, especially if an on-call system is in place. I work permanent nights, and if I think that there is any possibility of me calling out, I will do it in the early morning just so the on-call person can make sure he/she gets rest if they do need to come in. There is nothing worse than being called in for a night shift in the late afternoon/early evening!
  4. by   Larry77
    If you have to call in call in as soon as you know so the staffing office has more of a chance to have you replaced.

    I work in ED a "closed" dept so usually if staffing is not given enough warning we have to work short (not fun).
  5. by   vamedic4
    Bottom line, courtesy dictates that you give as much notice as you can. You KNOW you need to call in at least 2 hours in advance...some places more, but if you know 10 hours prior to the start of your shift - call in. That way they've got more time to find a replacement for you.

    vamedic4
    it's raining!!
  6. by   ortess1971
    Usually I call out the night before but have had to call last minute when I woke up and my eye was red and well not to be gross, oozing. Yup, pinkeye. I knew they'd just make me leave so I called as soon as I looked in the mirror!
  7. by   GeminiTwinRN
    this is the first time in 6 months of working on the unit that i will have to call in, and i just wasn't sure of the protocol.

    i'm supposed to be there at 7AM tomorrow.. i guess i'll call now.

    thanks for the info! gosh, i feel guilty. i hate being late or absent!!!! i've never missed ONE day of nursing school or work in 3 1/2 years!!
  8. by   NewEastCoastRN
    There is no need to feel guilty if you are sick, especially when you are giving them adequate notice. I hope you feel better!
  9. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Right after i pull my face from the toilet and brush my teeth.
  10. by   vamedic4
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    Right after i pull my face from the toilet and brush my teeth.


    Oh my God that's disgusting!!!
  11. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Nah, disgusting would be to call during puking.
  12. by   grandee3
    We just had an incident where someone called in after he could not find another nurse to work for him. He was suspended for a few shifts. C
  13. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I think that's just crazy that some employers expect the person that calls in sick to find their own replacement. You're throwing up, burning up, snotting up, last thing you'd want to do is make a dozen phone calls and talk to people.
  14. by   bethin
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    Nah, disgusting would be to call during puking.
    Did that once - not planned. I was on hold, waiting for the nursing supervisor. While on hold, I HAD to puke so I run for the bathroom. In the middle of puking she picks up. My mouth was too full to say anything so I handed the phone to my mom.

    I call in as soon as I know there's no way I can work. A few weeks ago when I was sick I knew I wouldn't be able to work my 7a-7p shift and I called at 11p after throwing up.

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