What Are The Most Creative Call-off Excuses You Have Heard?

  1. 5 Ok. Maybe that isn't a fair title. Perhaps some of the excuses are true. But I would like to see what others have been told as far as why someone called off. Here's a few of my favorites:

    1. My babysitter is in jail so I can't come in.
    2. I burned my hand on some food so I can't work today.
    3. I forgot I had to work today, so I stayed up too late and am too tired to come in.
    4. My child got stung by a bee (several hours ago) so I don't want to come in.
    5. I'm mad at (supervisor) so I'm not working today.

    I have used "I'm stressed to death and am taking a "mental health" day today." Yes, I was wrote for an absence, lol. But I was being honest. Anyway, what have you heard?
    Last edit by Joe V on Sep 25, '13 : Reason: spacing
  2. Visit  bluegeegoo2 profile page

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    bluegeegoo2 has '7' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'LTC'. From 'Austin, TX area'; 43 Years Old; Joined Feb '07; Posts: 589; Likes: 916.

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  3. Visit  kismetRN profile page
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    in the past I used CONJUNCTIVITIS as part of my excuse though it's not foolproof thing to do nowadays..
  4. Visit  Do-over profile page
    23
    Funny, I never give an excuse. I just call and say I won't be in.
  5. Visit  elkpark profile page
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    Last year, my department had someone call in two days in a row because her car wouldn't start -- not call to say she would be late because her car wouldn't start, but call to say that she couldn't come to work that day, period. She might have tried it a third day, but we told her the second day that she needed to do whatever she needed to do, call a taxi, rent a car, whatever, to get in the next day or she would be looking at being out of a job.

    Not all that creative, I guess, but ...
    ICURN3020, NurseSDP, and jalyc RN like this.
  6. Visit  Pepper The Cat profile page
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    I know someone who forgot they were working a shift and went away for the weekend. She remembered and called in "sick" from the hotel she was staying at. Too bad call display showed she was in a hotel in Niagara Falls! Busted!
    NurseSDP, Nikkinism70s, anon456, and 12 others like this.
  7. Visit  MessyMomma profile page
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    What about "Gramma" or "Uncle George" in the hospital/dying/died--once a month???
    Nikkinism70s, Lev <3, poppycat, and 3 others like this.
  8. Visit  Not_A_Hat_Person profile page
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    A colleague's coworker called in sick, then went skiing. She went off trail, got hurt, and had to be rescued by ski patrol. The rescue made the news.
    ICURN3020, NurseSDP, Nikkinism70s, and 32 others like this.
  9. Visit  LibraSunCNM profile page
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    I once heard "my glasses broke" as a request for an emergency vacation day. As a 20 year glasses wearer, I found this excuse pretty thin! I have at least 4 old pairs that, while not perfect, could get me through a shift. Made me stop to think what other lame excuses might work for me if needed!
  10. Visit  Rose_Queen profile page
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    Quote from LilyRoseCNM
    I once heard "my glasses broke" as a request for an emergency vacation day. As a 20 year glasses wearer, I found this excuse pretty thin! I have at least 4 old pairs that, while not perfect, could get me through a shift. Made me stop to think what other lame excuses might work for me if needed!
    I don't find this excuse thin at all. As someone who has worn glasses for 23 years, the only time I got new frames was when they no longer fit (started wearing glasses in elementary school). I currently only own one pair of glasses. Every time the prescription gets changed, the old lenses get popped out of the frames and new ones put in. Saves quite a bit of money when you consider how much empty frames can cost! Also, as someone who is legally blind without glasses, I would not be able to work without them- couldn't read the computer screen, couldn't read the medication label, unable to drive, etc.
  11. Visit  LibraSunCNM profile page
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    I absolutely understand there are people who wouldn't be able to work without their glasses--I'm one of them. I didn't really think about someone saving the same pair of frames forever to save money, and who would therefore have no other spares. It just surprised me that someone who depends on their glasses would have NO backup plan if their lone pair was lost or damaged!
    Not_A_Hat_Person, md/vaRN, elkpark, and 3 others like this.
  12. Visit  Orca profile page
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    My charge nurse called an employee who was a no-call, no-show, which was uncharacteristic for this employee. She swore that it was a different day of the week than it was. The CN assured her that it was in fact a day that she was scheduled to work, and he told her to just get dressed and come in. She said that she couldn't because she was traveling in another state.

    I have also had issues with a couple of employees who seem to have some peripheral relative die about every other month, and they are constantly traveling to an adjacent state to attend the services.
  13. Visit  RNperdiem profile page
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    I floated to this unit once. In report the charge nurse mentioned that the nurse I was filling in for had both pink-eye and gastroenteritis. Poor nurse must have felt miserable!
  14. Visit  chrisrn24 profile page
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    Quote from RNperdiem
    I floated to this unit once. In report the charge nurse mentioned that the nurse I was filling in for had both pink-eye and gastroenteritis. Poor nurse must have felt miserable!
    She probably got it from puking on a toliet seat!

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