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Call in sick, or risk getting patients sick? - page 3

My boss reamed me for calling in sick for my shift tonight. I had the flu last week (called in 2 shifts), felt better, went back to work, and now have a respiratory thing going on, so I called in. My... Read More

  1. Visit  Orion81 profile page
    #26 0
    Quote from stelarRN
    I thought about going in and letting them send me home. I should have just done that.
    In other fields this would be easier to do. In nursing its harder to find someone last minute so that you can leave. In a recent post, someone went to work sick, supervisor said she should leave, then the nurse ended up being accused of patient abandonment. That being said if I have a fever, I'd stay home. And you said you had slight chills? That's NOT safe to be working. I'm jaded and have the belief management doesn't give a crap if we have fever, chills and vomiting, they are going to be mad. Upper respiratory, no fever, I go to work. Its embarrassing though when patients look at you like "ughh, you're sick, I don't want you as my nurse."
  2. Visit  EricJRN profile page
    #27 1
    This is always going to be an issue that involves some judgment, interpretation, and unfortunately, some second-guessing. In most places I've worked, management gets a little irritated by having to replace a nurse who has come in to prove a point. I also know that that's a reality for people who are trying not to violate an attendance policy.
  3. Visit  NicuGal profile page
    #28 1
    Even if we get sent home we still get sick points. I love that they punish us for being legit sick with docs notes that we had the flu.
  4. Visit  RNJill profile page
    #29 0
    This can be so tricky sometimes. Right at this moment, I have practically no voice-can literally say two words before I'm forced to whisper. Other than this, I feel okay. Part of me really wants to call off for tomorrow-haven't taken a sick day in over 2 yrs, it's obviously going to be annoying/difficult to whisper all day, and of course there is the issue of me exposing patients/coworkers to this virus that I probably have. On the other hand, I DO hate to call in sick, especially when I don't feel like death warmed over. And our unit doesn't decide to send people home in the middle of the shift, so if I'm there, I'm there.

    At this point I'm leaning toward going in. Maybe the voice will be better overnight-or else, I'll just wake up with it the same (or worse!) tomorrow. <sigh>
  5. Visit  ChiTownRN5 profile page
    #30 0
    Hi all!

    Advice needed. Been at my job for a little over a year, and hadn't had to call off that whole year. Got the flu in November (and I do all my 12s back to back to back) so ended up having to call off 3 days. Still didn't feel that great coming back, but I hate calling off. Fast forward, I'm now home sick with pneumonia (great luck right?). I've called off twice (which apparently counts as one so long as it's consecutive), but I'm still feeling terrible. When I called off today, the nurse manager gave me the long sigh and really? tone. I've only been a nurse for 2 1/2 years total, but new at this hospital, but I don't call off like this. I'm going to play it by ear tomorrow and see how I feel, but I feel like I'm going dirty looks if I call off again. Suggestions/comments??
  6. Visit  martymoose profile page
    #31 1
    where I am they just hand you a mask and say "here- wear it"
    if one calls out , they work short. We rarely get float nurses.

    Did everyone forget we are expendable?
  7. Visit  ceccia profile page
    #32 1
    i really don't get what is so enormously difficult about using PRNs when someone is sick! almost all of us want the hours and know that changing plans and coming in last-minute is part of the job description. i get woken up by "we had a call out, can you work today?" texts at 5, 6 am about once a week and i come in! problem solved! there are plenty of nurses out there; there is NO reason why every facility cannot maintain an adequate PRN pool, and/or use agency nurses. oh they might have to pay an extra few dollars an hour for a PRN; sorry i forgot these places literally worship their profit margin.

    if you're calling out sick and your mgr starts giving you attitude, honestly, hang up. The call is over, you've relayed the information and said what needed to be said; there's no reason to subject yourself to even a minute of passive-aggressive huffing/sighing/"reeeeally are you kidding me?" nonsense. Just hang up.
  8. Visit  nurseprnRN profile page
    #33 1
    Quote from allene24
    I am reading over this now because i'm having a sick-dilema. I am a new nurse on orientation on a labor and delivery unit. I have strep throat and feel that it is not right to work with newborn babies while i'm sick. Trying to figure out what to do!!? Guess i'll go in tomorrow and see what they want me to do!! I didnt realize it was such a problem for sick nurses- sounds terrible!

    I know this is an old thread, but still. As an aside about your dilemma: Lots of people (including nurses who should know better) think "strep throat" means "really bad sore throat." Most of those are viral, not actual strep(tococcus). You can't call it strep(tococcus) unless you had the rapid-test for strep done. And if you did, you have data to support your being out. Not to say you shouldn't be out with a bad viral sore throat, but let's be accurate about this.
  9. Visit  anon456 profile page
    #34 1
    We are so short handed I will go in sick if I am able to function. I ask for contact/droplet patients and wear a mask at all times during the shift and wash my hands a ton, excuse myself to go cough/sneeze in the bathroom, and sanitize my work area before I leave. Unfortunately we get a bad mark for calling off sick. :-(
  10. Visit  adamRn79 profile page
    #35 0
    NA, HUC, PT call in suck and we pick up their slack, management calls in and there's no problem. We have every right to call of
  11. Visit  calivianya profile page
    #36 0
    I have been sick multiple times these past few months. Part of it is severe sleeping problems dragging my immune system down again, and the other part is nobody ever calling out sick. The danged respiratory thing I had over Christmas, around the beginning of February, and again last week mutates as it goes through the whole unit. It changes just enough to reinfect us. This current run I have been sick for a week and a half. I totally lost my voice for all of last week and I was running a fever over 101 for five days. At any given time, there are at least four people on each shift who look like they are half dead.

    We are allowed three call outs a year and after that we go into disciplinary action. If we call out two days in a row, that counts as two call outs. No one dares to call out. I personally do not call out unless there is something that is a physical barrier to me providing care going on, i.e. constant vomiting and diarrhea. I just wear a mask at all times otherwise.

    I hate coming in to work sick, but I do have a mortgage. If I had called out all of the days I worked sick, I would have lost my job a long time ago.
  12. Visit  tjmrn profile page
    #37 0
    I agree with others who have said if you're not able to perform at your best, you should call in.

    As a patient, especially a post~op patient, I would not want my Nurse attending to me if she/he were sick.

    As an RN receiving assignment on your scheduled shift, I would not want the burden of your coming in sick, taking assignment , then leaving mid shift, causing added burden to the rest of the staff.
    Likewise, it is easier to cover the shift if staffing issues are known ahead of time.

    Your administration may require a Dr's note if you call in a number of days in a row.

    If fever is the criteria for an excused absence, then call in and say you're running a fever. Nothing else needs to be said.

    Never feel guilty for calling in. But always cover yourself if you do. I was fired for "excessive absence". I had one day over their designated number in a period. Even though I was per~diem, was not guaranteed hours nor did I receive any benefits. They used it to terminate me because I was calling attention to unsafe staffing practices. (But that's another story.)
  13. Visit  OCNRN63 profile page
    #38 0
    Quote from GrnTea

    I know this is an old thread, but still. As an aside about your dilemma: Lots of people (including nurses who should know better) think "strep throat" means "really bad sore throat." Most of those are viral, not actual strep(tococcus). You can't call it strep(tococcus) unless you had the rapid-test for strep done. And if you did, you have data to support your being out. Not to say you shouldn't be out with a bad viral sore throat, but let's be accurate about this.

    How do you know s/he didn't have the rapid strep test?