Who Cares About Us - page 4

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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, this Dx landed on my scheduled... Read More


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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.
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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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    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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    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.
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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!
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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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