Work ethic, what's your take on it all - page 3

by cardiacrocks

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Well, I work on a busy cardiac floor. It seems to me too many people call in sick. One girl she calls in at least once a week. Why the hec is management allowing this? I feel it's really non of my business but it affects... Read More


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    A broken foot?and you were up and repositioning 500lbs patients and sprinting down the halls to answer call bells. i don't buy it. My own health should be my priority. I am supposed to page the attending at home if someone is nauseous yet i am excpected to work for 13 hours vomitting off and on the whole shift.....................
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    "
    i often suggest to the staff that they should hold their co workers accountable. don't come complain to me if your friends call out at the drop of a hat."

    my coworkers are not my friends, they're my coworkers. and the fact that somebody else calls out whenever her kid has a cold, or goes on maternity leave 4 months after being hired, is completely out of my control.
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    The problem is not "everyone gets sick sometimes". Its the people who call out ALOT. Like 3 or 4 days a month. Its BS. Had one person call in because of PMS. But they could still grocery shop, go to the mall, and to the club. If you can do that you can drag your lazy ass to work
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    I couldn't possibly care less if someone calls in sick. We have patient ratios, and my workload is the same, regardless of who else shows up.
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    As in mandated ratios? Who takes care of the other pts if no one else shows up? (Not arguing, just don't understand how it works)
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    I call in for two reasons only: if I can't get my head off the pillow (or out of the toilet), or if I can't maneuver my non-4-WD car up my long, sloping driveway because there's 2 inches of packed ice covering it. Oh, wait a minute.......I HAVE been known to miss work after an outpatient procedure requiring a general anesthetic. But if I can "git-er-done" in an hour with nothing more on board than a shot of Novocaine, I'm good to go.

    I do not take days off for headaches, sniffles, sneezes, coughs, wheezes, bellyaches, bad hair days, low-back pain, falls, blurry vision, high/low blood sugar, asthma attacks, plugged ears, sore throats, sprained ankles, twisted knees, doctor appointments, lab work,

    I also will not call in because I had an argument with my husband, my kid/SO/sister/dog is sick, the washer/dryer is broken, the cable is out, the house is a mess, there's a breaking news story (I even went to work on 9/11), it's raining/snowing/sunny, I'm out of sorts, or my cat died.

    I have known people to call in for all of the above, and then some. 'Nuff said.
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    Quote from tokmom
    The other day I took a phone call that went like this:

    Me: Floor XYZ, can I help you?

    Nurse: Oh hi Tokmom, this is Suzy. I need to call in sick. (this is an almost weekly event)

    Me: So what is wrong Suzy? Are you still sick from last week?
    Right there is where you went wrong. You have no authority (nor need) to ask them what is wrong, unless you're their PCP and they're seeking medical advice. In fact, it's none of the employers business. What if she had a herpes outbreak or was suffering from AIDS? Does she need to tell you that, simply because you're now obligated to find someone to cover your staffing?

    All you need to know is that she's not going to be there, and you need to start looking for a replacement. If she's in violation of the company attendance policy, start documentation. But quit prying into people's personal health business. And I know you probably don't think she was sick enough to miss work, but newsflash: That's not within your purview either.
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    Quote from tokmom
    The other has no excuse
    That YOU are aware of, with limited knowledge I'm sure.
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    Quote from orthonurse55
    I worked with a habitual "sick" person and was very frustrated that management never even talked to her about it.
    That YOU are aware of, with limited knowledge I'm sure.


    Jesus, I'm glad I don't work with a bunch of busybody nurses that try to run everyone's lives.
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    If I call in sick, it's really none of anyone's business why. All you need to know is that I'm not going to be there, period. If I am in violation of the attendance policy, it is up to my manager to address it.

    As for "work ethic", my loyalty is to the people I care for while at my place of employment, not to the company to which I am a work-horse, expendable, and don't feel valued by. If I can't show up and be at my best for the patients because I'm coughing up a lung or having a migraine, then I shouldn't be there.
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