Should i call sick or no?

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    I started feeling sick since Monday night when I was working in my home unit, congestive cough with sputum, running nose, headache, so I told my charge nurse I couldn't work since Tuesday (my regular shift), I stayed at home Wednesday thursday(my days off), this morning, I found I almost lost voice with congestive cough, so I called my manager I need 2 more days to stay at home, I feel she is not happy with that, she said:"you still need 2 more days?" ???

    So I totally will take 5 shifts off, 2 shifts are my regular shifts which means hospital will pay me, 3 shifts without pay, I understand in such tough economy situation, my boss is not happy with my sick leave, but I don't want to cough and cough in front my patients, patients will complain too.

    If you were me, you will call sick or no?
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    As a potential patient, let me say that I would NOT want a coughing, snotting, hoarse nurse taking care of me...I had this happen when I went in to deliver my second baby... The nurse *assured* me that she wasn't contagious, and she probably wasn't but I politely declined and asked for another nurse...she was gracious about it but I think it was the way I approached the topic...She came to see me a couple of days later on postpartum and said that she was glad that I spoke up because it then opened the door for her to go home and get well without house supervisor getting upset about it.
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    Thanks for your reply, this is kind of dilemma, one side, I don't want to make my manager unhappy because the budget issue; another side, I am really sick (this doesn't happen to me for 3 to 4 years now), I am not taking advantage of the sick leave system, I have almost 230hrs of sick credits saved even if I only worked 0.6fte, I am not abuser, I wish my manager understand this.

    Another side, our unit is full of cancer patients with comprised immune system, I really don't want to pass any virus to them.

    I just want to see how other nurses look at this issue, thanks for any replied.
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    Quote from aywl
    Thanks for your reply, this is kind of dilemma, one side, I don't want to make my manager unhappy because the budget issue; another side, I am really sick (this doesn't happen to me for 3 to 4 years now), I am not taking advantage of the sick leave system, I have almost 230hrs of sick credits saved even if I only worked 0.6fte, I am not abuser, I wish my manager understand this.

    Another side, our unit is full of cancer patients with comprised immune system, I really don't want to pass any virus to them.

    I just want to see how other nurses look at this issue, thanks for any replied.
    By the way, our unit fired 2 nurses because they called sick, 1 is Lpn, just transferred to my unit from other unit, my manager told her"u have to go back to ur old unit, you are not the one we want"; another NA was simply fired due to calling sick, I am not sure how often she called sick;

    That's why I am scared;
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    If u r legitimately sick then take the days off.. After 2 or 3 shifts we have to get a dr note.. So go see ur dr and ask for a note if u r worried

    Ppl who get fired are usually habitually sick and abuse the system..
    weemsp, joanna73, loriangel14, and 1 other like this.
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    Where do you work?

    Why did you tell your manager you were sick on your days off? It's not their business if you are sick on your days off.

    Finally, check your union contract. I know mine allows the employer to ask for a sick note after two days of paid sick leave.
    RiRi03, loriangel14, and joanna73 like this.
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    If you work with neutropenic pts you must call in sick. You could literally kill them, no exaggeration. And your manager should know this, shame on him/her.
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    Quote from Fiona59
    Where do you work?

    Why did you tell your manager you were sick on your days off? It's not their business if you are sick on your days off.

    Finally, check your union contract. I know mine allows the employer to ask for a sick note after two days of paid sick leave.
    .........

    I work for AHS, one oncology unit.
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    Quote from brithoover
    If you work with neutropenic pts you must call in sick. You could literally kill them, no exaggeration. And your manager should know this, shame on him/her.
    I know that, my manager know that too, but she is still unhappy when I called her, maybe she think she can assign me to look after other PTS instead of neutropenia PTs
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    Quote from aywl
    By the way, our unit fired 2 nurses because they called sick, 1 is Lpn, just transferred to my unit from other unit, my manager told her"u have to go back to ur old unit, you are not the one we want"; another NA was simply fired due to calling sick, I am not sure how often she called sick;

    That's why I am scared;
    Uhm, not true.

    You cannot be fired for calling in sick. AUPE would grieve it. Before you can be terminated, there is a lot of documentation to be done and it takes months.

    An LPN returning to an original unit is not the same as being fired. Under the AUPE contract a nurse has 12 weeks to determine if the job is a good fit for her/him. There is no stigma attached to returning to an old unit nor is it the same thing as being fired. Some nurses know when they are not a good fit to a certain unit, sometimes it takes the Manager to have a chat. But this nurse HAS NOT been fired.

    Dramatic much?
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