I'm with you. I find it very annoying. I wish our management would crack down. They like to be family friendly and I appreciate that, but some people take total advantage of it and it makes our lives miserable. Like you, I come in under the weather, short of puking and high fevers.
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?
Nurse: Oh no. I fell at home and hit my head/face/cheek area and now I have a slight bruise.
Me: Good Lord, are you ok? How bad is the face and the pain? What happened?
Nurse: I have a bit of swelling and a light bruise. Make up covers it just fine and there is no pain, but I don't want to 'scare' the patients.
Me: Is your eye swollen shut? No pain? That is good and better that make up covers it up. We are going to be running short....
Nurse: Oh no, my eye is fine. It's right under the cheek bone. I just don't want to scare the patients.
Really? Now I have to spend a huge amount of time begging people to come in because some small facial bruise might scare the patients.