Work ethic, what's your take on it all - page 6

by cardiacrocks 8,673 Views | 54 Comments

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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    I don't make a habit of calling off, but if I'm sick I am not going to play the martyr and come in anyway. First of all, not resting enough makes it more likely that whatever is making me sick will hang around longer and possibly get worse, secondly, I don't want to spread my germs around and thirdly, if I'm feeling really bad, it interferes with my ability to do my job well. Self care is important, and I don't think that reflects poorly on my work ethic at all.

    People like to deal in absolutes: you're either a work through it all type or you call out weekly. I think most people fall somewhere in between those extremes.
    SandraCVRN, fiveofpeep, WeepingAngel, and 1 other like this.
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    I was taught to call in sick if feverish and contagious, nothing else. Although once I had to call in because I got into a car accident on my way to work. I was not injured, luckily, but my car was very damaged. It was a half hour drive and there was no way I was going to make it in. I had to stay and wait for the police, fill out reports, etc. Plus I was understandably very shaken up and would probably have been pretty useless.
    I think people need to use their judgment a bit more. But I will agree that when you feel management abuses you, you are a lot less likely to care about how much trouble you give them finding you a replacement.

    Also, to the poster who spoke about agency nurses...I have been an agency nurse almost since my graduation. We actually ARE accountable. First off, we are accountable to the same nursing orders as hospital nurses. If we are accused of neglect, harm a patient, etc, we can lose our licence. If we call off too often, then whatever facility we are working at will stop hiring us. If facilities do not want us, that puts a black mark on our employee file, and then our agency is less willing to stick their necks out submitting us for jobs. In fact, I think we may be MORE accountable in some ways, because by not being employees of the facility, we are often under more scrutiny by the rest of the staff as well as by management. Jus' sayin'...
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    Quote from brownbook
    I have never called in sick for a "mental health" day or any other frivolous excuse.
    A "mental health day" isn't necessarily a frivolous excuse. If something is going on and you can't switch your brain off, and know that your mind can't be on its game that day, you are doing your patients, coworkers, and yourself a favour. Going to work distracted, upset and unable to focus on your job is dangerous and in my mind, worth taking a sick day for.

    I'm not saying this should happen all the time, and most times people are able to get into work mode even if something is going on outside of work. But there are times when we can't, and therefore should not be at work.
    KelRN215 and morte like this.
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    My non-frivolous exuse mental health day: My oldest child was just home from a hospital stay(including PICU) and still need nursing at home, my younger child spiked a fever of 103, and my husband took to his bed and drew the shades and sobbed that he was feeling very depressed(the hospital stay put a strain on all of us). This took place the day before I was scheduled to work.
    I debated for a long time before calling in; missing work is a hard decision to make.
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    The bottom line is that it's managements' responsibility to take care of business. Staffing of a unit is their business. If employees want to call in for any reason, that falls on management. Yes, I am one of those nurses who comes in 99% of the time. But over time, I've learned to just do what I can with what I've been dealt and let management worry about the rest.


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