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CrunchRN has 25 years experience as a ADN, RN and specializes in Clinical Research, Outpt Women's Health.

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Just say you have a bug. No need to do anything else. Honesty can get you in trouble 😁

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lifelearningrn has 4 years experience as a RN and specializes in School Nursing.

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I find it so ridiculous that nurses can't use the same benefits every other profession uses. Sick leave/PTO is part of your compensation package-- but GOD forbid you actually use it! It's crap! For whatever reason you were unable to get a wink of sleep in the 24 hours prior to your shift, it is simply unsafe and irresponsible to go to work, imo. I'm sorry people are giving you a hard time about not sleeping over the weekend. I'm assuming you slept when you got home Saturday morning but for whatever reason have been unable to sleep on Sunday... it happens (I'm a chronic insomniac so I can relate).

While I've never actually called in for lack of sleep (I can function on 3-4 hours pretty well), I would if I had absolutely no sleep. There is no reason to explain the sleep thing, just tell them you are under the weather and not fit for duty. Leave it at that.

If your facility doesn't properly staff and do not have on-call staff for when scheduled people are sick, that is really a breakdown in management with your facility, and not your problem.

Sometimes people get sick or are otherwise unfit for duty. You call in. It may suck for your employer to find someone else, it may suck for your co-workers to work understaffed or have to pick up extra shifts.. but in the grand scheme of things, you have to do what is best for YOU and leave the rest at the door.

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lifelearningrn has 4 years experience as a RN and specializes in School Nursing.

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I guess I have a different view point on this topic. As someone who has been on call there have been many times that I have gone in to cover a shift without having had any sleep. If I work day shift and the night shift calls off because she doesn't feel she had enough sleep I get to go back to work and work night shift. How is this any safer? That puts me at being awake 24 hours or even 32 hours if I have to work the next day shift too.

There were times I worked double shifts (16 hours) and was asked to report back for the next shift (four hours later).. being that I lived an hour away from that facility, and my insomniac nature would NEVER have allowed me to force myself to sleep in the small 2 hour window I'd have at home before having to head back, I had to refuse. My boss was unhappy with my doing so-- but we will NEVER be treated with respect if we allow ourselves to be used and abused by administrators.

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lady constance has 27 years experience and specializes in neuro med, telemetry, icu, pacu.

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I would like to remind all of my fellow nurses, that at home we CAN do 18- 20 hour days ( because we CAN and DO go pee when we have to, we can grab a snack, drink a beverage), WE SHOULD NOT HAVE TO EVER be forced into that kind of slavery at work..... study after study PROVES the worst patient outcomes happen with staffing 12 hour staffing patterns!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

EVERY state board of nursing KNOWS this.......... they recommend NOT working 12 hours shifts, but then sit around and continue to watch evil, less than effective policies in every institution ................and we wonder why there is such disrespect and disdain between managerial nursing and PATIENT care nursing careers.........

...." but everyone is doing it! how can we resist not following the crowd???!! ( even though research tells us this IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR US )

I have 32 years of nursing experience that have made me wise and regret every BAD outcome---and I have yet to see a good outcome of any 12-18 hour shift...........unless it was at my house, with my kids or spouse............

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It's ridiculous how we still have rotating shifts in our profession. We know they're not safe for the nurse, the patients, and others on the road. I do not believe an institution or nurse can be committed to evidence based practice and still support this schedule.

Enough is enough. We are accepting of WAY too much.

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sandyfeet has 5 years experience and specializes in Emergency Nursing.

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If you call in according to policy guidelines, i.e. 4 hrs before shift, it's only your business what the reason is. That being said, sleep deprivation can impair judgment as badly as drugs or alcohol.

If you make an error because you're overly tired, it will be said that you should have known better than to work in such a state.

This is the real issue here. If OP crashes her car because she fell asleep, miscalculates a pediatric dose, gives a med to the wrong patient, or doesn't catch that her patient is crashing until it's too late, it's all on her. Sleep deprivation makes you impaired. Know your limits, follow your hospital policy, use your PTO like anyone in any other profession would do.

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needlesmcgeeRN has 3 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in Care Coordination, Care Management.

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Well, if we get to call in for lack of sleep...I would be calling in 2-3 days out of 5. :roflmao:

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Mayche has 2 years experience.

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I work night shifts too and I believe that it is acceptable to call in sick for no sleep. I feel like I shouldn't be risking my licence just to go to work if I couldn't prepare for it. I went to work on no sleep, had redbull and stuff but it didn't make me comfortable and I try everything to sleep during the day.

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GadgetRN71 has 10 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in Operating Room.

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I've done it after a brutal call shift. Sorry, but I'm not working until two in the morning( often for cases that are not emergencies-surgeon wants to jump the schedule) getting home at 2:30-3:00 and then coming in for 7am. Nope, not happening.

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I alo have a job wherein I take call at night. We are expected to be at our regular day shift regardless of if we worked all night, but they try to let me take 4 hours first. Doesn't always work out but if I call out for the day after I just worked all night and goes on my record as an inappropriate call out being tired is no excuse. if you can't do that type of work don't have that type of job

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If you are using or plan on using FMLA time for a missed day at work for whatever your FMLA reasons are, you do have to tell him/her that reason. "Boss, I cant make it in to work today, use 12 hours FMLA for migraine" (whatever illness you have the FMLA for)

This is a bit of a problem with some nurses where I work.

Working without sleep is horrible. I dont sleep much at all so for me getting no sleep is disastrous. Most nights I sleep as little as 90 minutes, maybe as long as 4 hours but that's rare.

You can learn to sleep standing up if you have to. Ive been known to sleep while working, without anybody noticing because most of what I do now is computer work.

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Mommavik has 32 years experience as a ADN.

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The GI issue totally changes my response; in this case you're not calling in due to lack of sleep you're calling in due to illness preventing sleep which is totally different than calling in after 2 days off only because of lack of sleep

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