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 thought process is, why put a sick nurse on the floor if there can be a replacement who is healthy and won't be coughing, fever, congestion, etc. all over the place.
What would you do? I still think I did the right thing. Seems like a no-brainer to me, but now I feel guilty.
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When I was a new nurse, I would always have the guilt trip when I called out sick no matter how sick I was. Now that I'm a seasoned nurse with many years experience, I learned at some point that it is about me and if I'm feeling sick, I won't be going to work and I won't be feeling guilty about it either. It'll be an inconvience for them, but they'll find a float for me. To me, it makes no sense to go to work sick to take care of sick people whose immune systems are already compromised. I'll stay home guilt free and get better so that I may function at a higher level for the good of my patients and my fellow co workers.
Thank you for this, I feel better hearing your thoughts
I have 25 patients to care for on my shift, and not being at a 100% affects me greatly in caring for that amount of residents.
Last edit by stelarRN on Dec 23, '09