Would you call in because you didn't get any sleep? - page 7

I was trying to sleep the other day and somebody rang my doorbell at 1130 just as I was gettting there :angryfire. Made me so mad I couldn't go back to sleep for a L O N G time. I called in sick... Read More

  1. by   NurseLatteDNP
    I would only call in if I had less that 4 hours of sleep and had to go back in the next night/day.
  2. by   grace90
    I have called in a few times for lack of sleep. And there have been times when I should have and didn't. One was when my son had spent the weekend in the hospital with respiratory problems, and was sent home Sunday morning. It had been my weekend off, which was really good, but I had to go in Sunday night, and had barely slept for two days. I managed to snooze a teeny bit before my night shift, but I really don't think it was a good idea to go in. Besides, I really wanted to be home with him, even though he was breathing ok.
    I have fallen asleep at the wheel more times than I can count. Somehow I haven't crashed
  3. by   ladylynx
    Quote from marshallray
    I did this weekend. Yes, I called in. I am in school fulltime and I work 36 hours a week, every weekend. I felt that I was losing myself. I needed a mental weekend to just not go in to work.

    I will pay for it, but I am now refreshed and able to go for some more distance.

    I try to plan my time off, putting in to be off in advance every 6 to 8 weeks.

    But this time, I just called in. Needed a mental weekend to just do nothing for nobody else but myself. And I did, and I feel better.

    I come to realize that I can only be as good to my patients as I am good to myself. I am in a position that requires a lot of me and because I am a caring person, my patients and their family sometimes really seek me out even when I am not their nurse.

    So, I took a mental weekend. Hopefully, I won't have to do this again until December, when I am scheduled to graduate.
    Good for you...many need to follow suit. After 17 years of working the night shift, I see so many that don't realize that when they are sleep deprived, they are easily agitated and very unsafe. It's like the mentally ill person that says, "everybody else is crazy". So get some rest, call in if you haven't, because eventually your body will shut down anyway, if you don't heed now. The psych units and nursing homes are full of young to middle-aged nurses. Hardly anyone cares that you were a martyr. Be safe and take care of YOU
  4. by   parko
    [QUOTE=staceylee67;2264677]We as nurses do not have a job where we can just "downshift" and take it easy that day because we are sick. Our patients set the tone of how busy our day will be. QUOTE]

    precisely!!
  5. by   ehill
    Yes i've called in sick, when i haven't slept enough

    I work on a forensic mental health unit, and feel that my own/collegues and patients saftey is at risk if im not on the ball!!!

    I think its safer to stay off work than go in and make a mistake coz your tierd and irratible.

    Dont think its right if you've been out partying all night, but if you cant sleep coz you've got stuff on your mind, its gonna bug you at work too. Better to take the day off and go back to work, refreshed and happier
  6. by   outbackannie
    [FONT="Arial Black"] I tried coming to work without any sleep; thought I could make it thru on No-Doze. Actually, over-dosed myself with No-Doze and coffee causing tachycardia. Had to go to ER. Got flushed out and sent home. That was twenty odd years ago and the last time I tried it.
  7. by   grace90
    A few days ago I came to work sick and very tired because my absence points are creeping up. I couldn't think straight. I was scaring the poo out of myself. I'd stare at a H&P paper and not comprehend a word. I had to write down EVERYTHING because my short term memory was shot. After a rest with my feet up and a big bowl of instant oatmeal, things got somewhat better, but...... NEVER AGAIN. :uhoh21::angryfire:trout:
  8. by   wiegel34
    I worked nights for many years and have called in when I didn't sleep. It is difficult enough working 12 hour shifts with sleep, I don't want to risk making a critical mistake, that could seriously injure or kill my patient.
  9. by   countrylane123
    i sure would, as there is always the danger of making mistakes if i didn't get any sleep.
  10. by   coral0033
    .Wuld you call in sick because you did not get any sleep.
    No i would not; that kind of behaviour is not ethical; and this goes for any profession or non professional employment.One should show more value for ones work.
    I do not want to hurt anyone but what i have found today, that many young people of today do not regard their work and this says quite a lot for this "system" in which we are caught up in.
    One could make up through break time; but of course donot make it a habit.
    Last edit by coral0033 on Jul 8, '07
  11. by   anononurse
    In a word: NO. (of course it depends on how many days I'd gone w/out sleep. Just sleeping lousy or not being able to sleep just one day, no)
  12. by   justme1972
    Quote from coral0033
    .Wuld you call in sick because you did not get any sleep.
    No i would not; that kind of behaviour is not ethical; and this goes for any profession or non professional employment.One should show more value for ones work.
    I do not want to hurt anyone but what i have found today, that many young people of today do not regard their work and this says quite a lot for this "system" in which we are caught up in.
    One could make up through break time; but of course donot make it a habit.
    I would disagree with that completely.

    Police officers say, that someone who is driving exhausted, that their reactions are no different that someone who is a drunk driver. Their reaction times are slow, their cognitive functioning is "off", etc.

    Now, with that said, how would you feel about an exhausted nurse showing up to work?

    I don't think anyone is talking about a habit, but I have family members that has had to call in for the night shift, when there is road construction near their house that didn't allow them to sleep, had to go get their child sick at school during the day, etc.

    It isn't just young people....the older you are, the more difficult it is to sleep during the night, much less during the day.
  13. by   Diary/Dairy
    I have called in before due to lack of sleep/enhaustion when I was having trouble at home because of the divorce and stess.
    It did not work out because my boss then called me at home and told me to come in late....so I slept until 7:30 or 8 PM and then came in at 10 PM. I really was not needed anyway, but at least I did not get an occurence from this!
    If you have not slept to what your body needs to function, then you are not safe to drive OR administer meds that can be dangerous without critical thinking. That is the bottom line. You do what you have to do to protect yourself as a nurse as well as the patients you care for.

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