Calling in sick, staffing issues - page 4
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Hi there! I work in staffing for an LTC facility. I am also working on pre-reqs to get into an RN program. What is bothering me is the frequency of nurses calling in sick. Many of our nurses call in sick once a month (or... Read More
- 1Oct 1, '12 by ktwlpnHow fair is it to be denied use of your sick time unless you have a doctor's note? Because so many of my co-workers have a problem showing up this is now the rule for us all.I have hundreds of sick hours accrued and who the heck goes to the doctor every single time they get sinusitis or diarrhea? I see this as an administrative problem-they are not effectively disciplining the staff who repeatedly abuse the system. I haven't called off in over a year-why should I be penalized?
We also have a large pool of prn staff but have been informed that they are not there for OUR convenience and we are not to ask them to work for us so we can have a day off but rather we are to switch with a co-worker.This often makes someone work quit a stretch of days in a row and who wants to do that?
We seem to have a bunch of ridiculous arbitrary rules.Someone has decided that hooded tops are not permitted because they are un-professional but a male orderly on nightshift can walk around with a skull cap on per the adon because his head is cold.Really? How professional does that look? Whatever.The DON screams about neon scrubs,low cut shirts and low riding pants but sports clamdiggers,sandles and tats.Professional? NIMHO.Last edit by ktwlpn on Oct 1, '12
- 0Oct 1, '12 by taramb7263Quote from LTCNSYou nailed it! I work ft in subacute and it is nuts how busy we are:" plus we usually have the max pt load which is 20 and depending on the acuity , and charting all the time all day I always get out late. We have more issues with aids calling out then rns. Our facility staffs subacute with RN s mostly and lpns when no rns are available my dilemma for not wanting to go to work is more personal that patient work related. I don't see calling out to be professional unless it's necessary... Otherwise just put in for pto the patients do suffer and I hate running my behind off to compensate for someone who doesn't come in.Have any of you found that most of the call-outs are from the nurses who work on the short-term rehab. units? I have worked both short-term rehab. and long term care units, and the LTC units have been by far the best units to work as far as stress and fatigue. The patients on the rehab. units are much more complex and "demanding" for lack of a better word, with tx and meds. ever changing, as well as the "revolving door" issue. Whereas the LTC units are pretty much always the same.
- 1Oct 8, '12 by AngelRN27Quote from TheCommuterAgreed. However, I still don't see this as a valid argument to call out once a month. Not to minimize the difficulty of working as a nurse in LTC, but every job has its "extras." If everyone called in sick to work once a month, no matter their profession, we'd be in some big trouble.However, we did not sign up for the mental, social, and political 'extras' that cause our jobs to be so much more difficult than necessary.