People calling out for the holidays - page 3

by brian Admin | 10,547 Views | 23 Comments

This time of year there are many people calling out of work. Not just nursing but in every profession. What was the wildest story you have heard? Click Like if you enjoyed it. Please share this with friends and post... Read More


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    I got sick over a holiday one year and couldn't come in, I felt dreadful about it and I just knew people would think I was faking
    Last edit by JDZ344 on May 14, '14
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    Quote from NyteshiftLVN
    I don't understand why patients and admin don't think nurses aren't people too? Like we can't get sick. This year, on Valentine's Day I was scheduled to work. My hubby and I don't even try to do anything on Valentines so it's no big deal, his birthday is around that time so we celebrate then and do it all together. But I called off on Valentine's Day (legitimately puking) and they completely acted like I was lying to get the day off. I understand there are fakers out there that want every holiday off.... but when you rack up holiday hours 40+ holiday hours on my checks for the year, not including the ones we aren't paid for like halloween and valentines... they need to be more understanding when it isn't a habit.
    Since when is Valentines such a big deal that people would think staff would call in sick to celebrate it?!
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    Quote from Multicollinearity
    A close loved one, frail, had an MI this morning and is in ICU. I had no choice but to jump in the car and drive 500 miles to get there. My second thought after 1) thank goodness she survived was 2) thank goodness I was off for Christmas anyway because I'd catch hell for this otherwise. Never mind that I have never called in once or been late at this job. It's kind of sad. Of course, employees have abused these benefits.

    Or maybe I underestimate my coworkers and boss, and it wouldn't have been a problem if I had to call in. I don't know.
    Coworkers separate the troopers from the slackers pretty quickly. People who have a good record of showing up on holidays, bad weather, etc usually don't get flack when something does come up.

    Like with any other group of people, some will abuse any benefit. That makes it tough on everyone else. I really think peer pressure would do more to help this than draconian policies and universal suspicion.
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    Quote from rngolfer53
    Coworkers separate the troopers from the slackers pretty quickly. People who have a good record of showing up on holidays, bad weather, etc usually don't get flack when something does come up.

    As with any group of people, some entitled souls will abuse any benefit. That makes it tough on everyone else. I really think peer pressure would do more to help this than draconian policies and universal suspicion.
    As long as enough responsible people are in that unit to apply peer pressure (as opposed to being jealous they didn't call in "sick", too), then that would likely work. The problem seems to be that so many (too many) in Nursing look at sick days as a "benefit" to be used for other stuff, including just not wanting to go in to work. Over time, many facilities have established rules in response to this, potentially penalizing all staff for the actions of a relative few.

    Before I worked in Nursing, I rarely heard of anybody calling in sick on a holiday. The whole idea of using a "sick" day as a "benefit" day was somewhat of a surprise.


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