Nurses working on day off...

  1. 13 What do you do? Do you pick up the phone when your work calls on your day off or do you leave it go to the answer machine?



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  3. Visit  Brian profile page

    About Brian, ADN

    Brian has '18+' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'CCU, Geriatrics, Critical Care, Tele'. From 'Minnesota'; Joined Mar '98; Posts: 15,284; Likes: 16,204.

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  4. Visit  kbrn2002 profile page
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    I know every number that work calls from and I don't answer. I will listen to the message [if they leave one] and decide if I want to call back then.
    BuckRN, twinkletoes53, calivianya, and 6 others like this.
  5. Visit  WhereIsMyCallBell profile page
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    LOL @ the cartoon. When my body and mind say no... I have learned not to listen to my heart. Because I WANT to help them out.. I really do! But not at my mental and physical health's expense.
    twinkletoes53, sallyrnrrt, marydc, and 2 others like this.
  6. Visit  Lennonninja profile page
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    I made it so when they call, the ringtone is silent, no vibration ;P Oh, and I don't have voicemail set up on my phone either
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  7. Visit  NF_eyenurse profile page
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    I would answer and tell them no, I was not available. I thought answering and saying no was better than them leaving a message and my charge waiting for a call back.
  8. Visit  PacoUSA profile page
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    I don't understand why some people feel compelled to answer their phones right away when work calls (unless of course, you are expecting a callback from them). If I am OFF, I am OFF -- leave a text or voicemail and I will reply it when I am ready. A NM in our hospital will call night nurses at home when they are supposed to be sleeping during the day to discuss something that could simply wait until the next time they come in. This is why as soon as I get through the door at home, my ringer is OFF until I wake up again.
  9. Visit  LovedRN profile page
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    Ha! I just answered a phone call today, on my day off. They wanted me to work tonight but I said no.
  10. Visit  kbrn2002 profile page
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    Quote from Paco-RN
    I don't understand why some people feel compelled to answer their phones right away when work calls (unless of course, you are expecting a callback from them). If I am OFF, I am OFF -- leave a text or voicemail and I will reply it when I am ready. A NM in our hospital will call night nurses at home when they are supposed to be sleeping during the day to discuss something that could simply wait until the next time they come in. This is why as soon as I get through the door at home, my ringer is OFF until I wake up again.
    A little off topic but that drives me crazy! I too work nights and wonder why anybody at work expects me to answer the phone in the middle of my night.
    twinkletoes53 likes this.
  11. Visit  hherrn profile page
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    Since I am often away from my phone or out of cell range, it is quite normal for me to not answer, or call back in a timely fashion. And, I don't have caller ID, so I don't bother screening my calls.
    But, this line always ends the conversation, and eliminates any pressuring: "Gee, if it was only the Percocet I would consider coming in. But having washed it down with all that Jim Beam, I just don't think it's safe."
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  12. Visit  uRNmyway profile page
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    Quote from hherrn
    Since I am often away from my phone or out of cell range, it is quite normal for me to not answer, or call back in a timely fashion. And, I don't have caller ID, so I don't bother screening my calls.
    But, this line always ends the conversation, and eliminates any pressuring: "Gee, if it was only the Percocet I would consider coming in. But having washed it down with all that Jim Beam, I just don't think it's safe."

    Why, as you mention on another thread, nursing is a calling! If it really was such a 'calling' to you, you should keep your phone available at all times to rush in to work, and should definitely avoid any intoxicants that would make you unavailable to work on short notice!!

    Oh yeah, just in case:


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  13. Visit  twinkletoes53 profile page
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    I knew my work phone #, and I have an answering machine. I never went in on my day off. I would sometimes trade days with other nurses, & volunteered to work holidays b/c I don't have family close by.
    The one time I DID get talked into coming in an hour early, I was told over the phone "You won't have to do anything, just watch the babies. The day nurse needs to go home early." HAH! I got to work and was told that all three babies I had been assigned to needed to be moved to other pods. You've gotta be kidding me.
    I started my night shift bone tired. Never again.
  14. Visit  judybsn profile page
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    I always call back. Sometimes I wonder if others do, as they are always thank me even when I say no.
  15. Visit  amygarside profile page
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    i also accept the call and if they ask me to work and im really not in the mood. i just tell them that i cant. they're ok with that most of the time


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