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Just need some feedback from you guys:

I work 2pm-10pm shift @ a nursing home..last week, I had some dental work done.

I had 3 fillings done..and my face has been swollen since. My left eye periodically drained (like a faucet) after the procedure.

When I woke up, the pain had gotten to a point where the tid 800 mg of Ibuprofen wasn't working and my face was swollen to the point it looked like I had Bell's Palsy.

So--4 hours prior to the shift, I called in.

About 30 minutes before my dental appointment, the scheduler @ work called me, waffling & whining that she couldn't find anyone to cover the shift & that she had called everyone. --- This was my 1st call-in.:confused:

Have any of you ever called in/off and had this happen?

In 16 years, I have never been the recipient of a call like this. Unless you're a "habitual call-in", once you call in, finding a replacement is the responsibility of the nurse in charge, the scheduler or Director of Nurses.


Just needed to vent this.


520 Posts

I have seen this happen more than once. Someone will call out for what ever reason, and if they can't find a replacement, they will call that person at home an 'encourage" them to come to work. I think it is awful. We all know there are employees that take advantage of calling out, but if you are sick you are sick.


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This is the same as being reminded when you call in that your co workers will probably have to work's called a guilt trip. Don't let themget to you!


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Specializes in LTC, Memory loss, PDN.

I once called in after an extraction, but ended up going in, because there was "no one else". It was a terrible shift, I ended up with a dry socket (had it packed without relieve), and subsequently was out for three days. Sure, the original call in got covered, but it resulted in three additional shifts needing coverage.

Specializes in M/S, MICU, CVICU, SICU, ER, Trauma, NICU.

Don't answer your phone--remember that for next time.

Ruby Vee, BSN

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Specializes in CCU, SICU, CVSICU, Precepting & Teaching.

caller id and call screening. after they've left the message begging me to come in, i think about it for a minute. then i decide against it. your milage may vary, but in general, don't get guilted into it.

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