Hi to everyone! I work in a private non-profit hospital that employs roughly 700 nurses. The hospital gives us 80 hours of sick time with pay per year with accrual of up to 240 hours. In the past, a nurse has been given a warning when she makes her 7th call-in and call-in's with a doctor's excuse have been honored and considered an "excused absence". Just recently, they have decided to change things up. Now, they do not accept doctor's excuses anymore and at your 4th call-in, you are warned, and on the 5th, you are suspended for three days without pay! And it is three days at their discretion. We have always had the weekend call-in policy that says that a call-in one's weekend to work results in your working the next weekend you are off. The suspension policy has caused quite an uproar in our facility. It appears that all 700 of us are being punished for the multiple call-ins of a few!
We have no nurses union - that's pretty much the way it is in the South, so we don't have any recourse. When asked about the doctor's excuse thing, administration's response was "Any nurse can get a doctor's excuse!" That is totally untrue! Any comments?