Calling out sick

Nurses General Nursing


Curious to know how many days you are allowed to call out sick in a year before being written up etc.

NicuGal, MSN, RN

2,743 Posts

Specializes in NICU, PICU, PACU.

Ours is prorated to how many hours we work. Full time,80 hrs/biweekly, gets a walk down to HR at 88 hours.

Specializes in Pediatrics, Emergency, Trauma.

That information is decided by an employer; it varies.

Some employers have call outs specific to status; ie: full time part time and per diem; some have it for all statuses; again, depending on the employer.


186 Posts

I understand it varies. I was curious to see the ranges people posted. I read somewhere that nursing has one of the highest incidents for calling out among any profession (since we are so exposed) but my emp only allows 4 before you are in trouble. Was curious about others.

Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN

1 Article; 20,908 Posts

Specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma.

Most employers over 35 years have a 3 times within 6 months OR a pattern of calling every Friday night then it is subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination

Specializes in Med-Surg, Emergency, CEN.

Depends on if you are actually sick or not.

ThePrincessBride, MSN, RN, NP

1 Article; 2,594 Posts

Specializes in Med-Surg, NICU.

Reading this makes me feel lucky. You can have four occurrences per six months. Two in a row is considered one occurrence. So you could call out sixteen days. I wouldn't recommend it, though.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

176 Articles; 27,610 Posts

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych.

Employees at my place of employment are allowed to call out sick up to three times in a rolling 12-month period. If the call-outs exceed this number, the process of progressive disciplinary action is supposed to start.

Specializes in Inpatient Oncology/Public Health.

We are limited to 6 unscheduled callout days regardless of how much PTO we have accrued.

Ruby Vee, BSN

47 Articles; 14,024 Posts

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

We're limited to 3 occurances in a rolling year. If you call in sick Monday, feel better and go back to work Tuesday but are sick again Wednesday, that's two occurances. But if I call in sick October 15 and don't go back to work until April 15, that's one occurance. (Of course there are other issues there!)

Four occurances gets you verbal counseling, 5 written and 6 termination.

Irish RN

30 Posts

5 days a year rolling calendar. No such thing as occurrences where I work so if you're truly sick and out for a few days in a row, you better hope the rest of the year goes well!

2 occurrences is 3 months or 3 in 6 months before the disciplinary process begins. Unless you have the almighty FMLA which my employer allows staff to abuse.

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