Who Cares About Us - pg.3 | allnurses

Who Cares About Us - page 3

As I write this, I have to pause periodically to cough my brains out. In fact, I'm about the sickest I've ever been in my life. I was diagnosed with pneumonia a few days ago, and wouldn't it figure,... Read More

  1. Visit  tokmom profile page
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    I too have been told to come in to work or be written up. When you need your job, you go in, even if running a 102 temp. I didn't work there too much longer because I quit.

    My current facility will send people home or encourage them to stay home. We still get people coming in though and it's maddening. We are all dropping like flies, thanks to those that won't call in. Myself and the secretary are one of the few that haven't succumbed to the vomiting, bronchitis, strep and whatever else is going around.
  2. Visit  multi10 profile page
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    The occurrences of flu/virus/illness are cyclical and everyone from the CDC to the press is aware of this. Nurses get sick too. However, hospitals choose not to gear up for these inevitable bouts/occurrences, and try to bully or shame sick employees to show up. It just spreads disease around in the exact environment it should not be.

    It's just sickening (pun intended). (But the word "pun" makes it sound funny. It's not funny. It's wrong.)

    Hospitals need to have reserves of float nurses, agency nurses, and travel nurses to cover during these times. I once staffed a regional hospital and we always could call the agency, or count on float personnel, to cover.
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  3. Visit  mid2348 profile page
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    Thank you, I'm feeling much better. I think it will be a while before I'm back to normal, but it's a huge improvement from the other night. As for the supervisor, I don't think she's a very happy person in general. In fact, she has never even said hello. She's one of several hospital supervisors, and the others are much more personable. They at least know my name lol!
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  4. Visit  mid2348 profile page
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    Thank you! I admit her words and tone of voice did make me feel bad, hence my initial post. But I know I had no choice in calling out. Thanks for the smiley!
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  5. Visit  Luvbuble profile page
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    Just go in and pretend you are passing out, when they see how sick you are, they will let you go home.
  6. Visit  Clementia profile page
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    I'm glad to hear you're feeling better, OP. I always feel guilty about calling in sick, too, but on the other hand I know no one can do their best work when they feel lousy. I think it's more important not to infect patients and co-workers than it is to please management by making a martyr of yourself.
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  7. Visit  joanna73 profile page
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    Generally speaking, most employers don't care about their employees, and that should not come as a surprise. Employers are interested in maximizing productivity for profit. Do your job as best you can, but learn to put yourself and your health first. If you quit today, your employer will find a replacement. We are all replaceable. That's why I've never understood the debate about "I feel guilty for not answering my phone when work wants me to work extra..." Why? Learn to do what is best for you.
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  8. Visit  dudette10 profile page
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    Quote from OCNRN63
    I wish people would use some common sense when it comes to coming to work spewing germs, being febrile, honking and sneezing. One of my co-workers decided to "share" her germs, and I wound up getting very sick and needed to be hospitalized. The illness I acquired from my co-worker, who should have stayed home, did permanent damage to my lungs. I don't know why she came in, since she was so sick she was worthless. She spent most of the shift sitting at the desk. Occasionally she'd get up to answer a call bell and she'd have this hang-dog/martyred look on her face. It still makes me angry, because now I'm on oral meds and inhalers thanks to her foolishness.You and your co-workers aren't doing anyone any favors by coming in sick. I'm sorry your boss didn't tell you to get well soon, but the age of employers taking an active interest in their employees has gone the way of the gooney-bird.
    What was the attitude of management about nurses who called in sick at the time of this coworkers illness? The reason I ask: I have acquired a short term medical condition that affects my immune system. I've advocated for myself to varying responses. Some charges are fine with redoing the assignment and others act like I have killed their cat. Acquiring an infection during my nadir period could kill me, but some didn't give a flying fig. This makes me wonder about the work environment in which a very sick nurse feels obligated to come to work.
  9. Visit  Luvbuble profile page
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    My co-workers were talking behind my back when I was gone for a week due to a severe flu. I had my doctor's letter and doctor said I should NOT go back till my flu was gone because I was highly contagious. I called in sick not by choice, you see. If I went in, the whole place would be having the same flu that I had. Why put our patients' health at risk? And again, I don't really care about my co-workers since they were being nasty with me!
  10. Visit  OCNRN63 profile page
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    Quote from dudette10
    What was the attitude of management about nurses who called in sick at the time of this coworkers illness? The reason I ask: I have acquired a short term medical condition that affects my immune system. I've advocated for myself to varying responses. Some charges are fine with redoing the assignment and others act like I have killed their cat. Acquiring an infection during my nadir period could kill me, but some didn't give a flying fig. This makes me wonder about the work environment in which a very sick nurse feels obligated to come to work.
    She would not have gotten any guff for calling in. Mgmt was fairly reasonable, and she was someone who never, ever took sick time.
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