Mental health days - page 3

by PediLove2147, ASN, RN | 4,053 Views | 22 Comments

I got in a (almost screaming) fight with one of my coworkers today over mental health days. Our staff chronically calls out, we know they aren't sick because they tell me ahead of time what their plans are. It annoys me to no... Read More


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    And then.......there's the mental health week. As in your psychiatrist saying, "You either take some time off and get away from the stress NOW, or you go inpatient. Your choice."

    Well, now there's a no-brainer---I guess that means I'm taking time off. Starting today, and I'm not allowed back until the 22nd. I even have a note on official letterhead and everything.

    I'm not sure how I feel about this. I need the time off desperately, and I'm actually grateful to my doctor for taking the decision out of my (still shaky) hands. And yet I have the sense that this is likely to be a career-killer. If I'd had a heart attack or been hospitalized for DKA, there'd be no questions asked and I wouldn't even need to have this conversation with my boss. But because it's a mental-health issue, I feel guilty, and that stinks on ice.
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    Quote from VivaLasViejas
    And then.......there's the mental health week. As in your psychiatrist saying, "You either take some time off and get away from the stress NOW, or you go inpatient. Your choice."

    Well, now there's a no-brainer---I guess that means I'm taking time off. Starting today, and I'm not allowed back until the 22nd. I even have a note on official letterhead and everything.

    I'm not sure how I feel about this. I need the time off desperately, and I'm actually grateful to my doctor for taking the decision out of my (still shaky) hands. And yet I have the sense that this is likely to be a career-killer. If I'd had a heart attack or been hospitalized for DKA, there'd be no questions asked and I wouldn't even need to have this conversation with my boss. But because it's a mental-health issue, I feel guilty, and that stinks on ice.
    This is totally different than what my vent was regarding. I understand the need for a TRUE mental health day, even week! We recently had a co-worker call out multiple times over a course of a month. I was kidding with him and told him he needed to come to work once in a while and he told me he was having a hard time at home. I said simply, to speak with our manager and get some time off. He did. That does not bother me AT ALL. It's people calling out for stupid reasons, ask for the day off if it's your best friend's birthday and you want to get drunk.
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    Quote from AnonRNC
    These are two different things. "I have great plans next Tuesday and will call in sick" is NOT a mental health day. "OMG, I'm so exhausted and depressed by my job that I cannot possibly go to my job today," IS a mental health day.
    Thank you! Perfectly worded.


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