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Do you ever feel guilty for calling in for reasons other than being ill

You had a crappy run the night before, so you call in, leaving your unit short . Sure mgt should hire more staff, but that won't make them stay.

JadedCPN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics, Pediatric Float, PICU, NICU. Has 13 years experience.

NOPE!

I don't make calling in a habit, but I have absolutely zero nada nothing zilch guilt when I do call in, even if it is just for a mental health break.

LibraNurse27, BSN, RN

Specializes in Community Health, Med/Surg, ICU Stepdown. Has 7 years experience.

I try to never call on a weekend unless I'm actually sick, since our weekends are always short. I can see how many people are scheduled for each shift, so if I need a mental health day I pick one that is overstaffed. I guess I run the risk that someone else calls in that day too, or make another floor short because we don't have someone to float... but sometimes we need breaks so we can best take care of our patients!

RNperdiem, RN

Has 14 years experience.

I have called in for because a family member was sick. I remember calling the charge nurse a couple of hours before my shift indecisive about calling out. When I said the paramedics had just arrived, she called me off. I do have a very small but manageable about calling out.

Sour Lemon

Has 9 years experience.

I call in for a stupid reason about once every two years. I do feel guilty, but not guilty enough to stop doing it.

SarahMaria, MSN, RN

Specializes in Psychiatry, Forensics, Addictions. Has 8 years experience.

NOT AT ALL!! I work at least 80 hours a week, tons of OT and MOT. I feel that I deserve a break once in a while.

HiddencatBSN, BSN

Specializes in Peds ED. Has 9 years experience.

On 8/19/2020 at 10:34 AM, JadedCPN said:

NOPE!

I don't make calling in a habit, but I have absolutely zero nada nothing zilch guilt when I do call in, even if it is just for a mental health break.

Same. Mental health is important too. Your job isn’t going to take care of you so do what you need to do and let them handle themselves. It sucks to work short when someone calls out but it sucks more that facilities staff at the bare minimum so that staff getting sick or needing a break puts us in that position.

RN-to- BSN, ADN, RN

Specializes in SCRN. Has 6 years experience.

No. It's MY PTO. Once I had a crappy shift on my birthday. Called in next day.

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