Hi and I can so totally relate to this issue. I have been out of work for approx. one year and as you can well imagine, desperate for that paycheck!
I really shouldn't have chosen full time hours but did against my better judgement! I should've just started out part time and increased to extra hours as I could, physically.
Well, after being in a rather "sterile" no, not really, but more aseptic at least than any facility you can work in as a nurse....after being at home not getting out much in the world of germs per se, I was attacked viciously by those invisible monsters of the germ world at the ltc facility and all it took was giving one LOL two suppositories (time apart in between them) for her virus and being exposed for about 10 days or so to these very germs that most of the nurses are rather immune to for me to come down with either a virus or the flu. Went to doc. He treated me as if I was coming down with the flu and also treated the virus in case that was what it was.
Anyway...long story shorter: I called out two days even tho' I was in orientation and the DON called me on the second day and basically told me how during orientation, ESPECIALLY, it is just not good (duh, didn't know that, lady, thanks for making me feel extra extra guilty for being sick!)
and that I'd better have a doc's excuse in hand when I come in to work on Monday...!
I felt like a school kid being shamed over having crapped my pants in first grade or something! I have always encountered this attitude in every setting, in every situation, no matter what caused the illness/accident/whatever the reason is for calling out...
And still to this day, meet the attitude with appalling lack of sensitivity for us in the front line trenches who cannot help but be striken with the warfare of the germs we have to fight...who isn't going to get sick esp. if your immunity is compromised from working OT, 12 hour shifts and more, you have extra physical and or mental stressors going on you're trying to deal with.
I just think it's darned ashamed that our "leaders" in the war of nursing do not ever give us credit for the chances we do take with our very health mental and physical on all those other thousands of days and nights that we do NOT call out sick...
No kudos there!
I know that units have to be covered, float staff are not always readily available to be called in, numbers on the floor have to be dealt with, it's not like they can shut down a unit or anything. I know that it takes a certain number on a team to be able to take care of the patients there. I get that. I've supervised enough to know that it sux to have to find coverage.
And I think more DON and ADON and staff developement peeps need to roll up their sleeves, get out of their office attire, take those scrubs
out of mothballs, and do some floor nursing for a shift once in a while!
The computers/meetings/generated number crunching/reports/whatever else it is that management nurses have to do every day five days a week during that handsome slot of time known as banker's hours...they should have to be backup backup call and NOT COME DOWN on us poor floor nurses when we're unable to leave our home toilets, unable to stop hurling every few hours, not well enough to work, period. We know our bodies better than anyone and know our physical limitations...
I have gotten more than a bad taste in my mouth and on more than one occasion from this attitude of " how can you be sick enough to stay home and out of work...you're scheduled to be here, you MUST be here, no matter how badly you think you feel....!?"
I think it stinks that other nurses in management judge us as weak or slackers because we are human and susceptable to the very things we are bombarded with and under such stressors all the time.
I will quit ranting now. Sorry. Just very supportive of this topic. It touched a sore spot in my psyche I guess. So cyberwise,
I give you the brat diet: when you are ready for intake, that is. bananas, rice, applesauce, toast.
And gingerale, chicken broth, plain saltines, in the hours before the brat diet if that's what you want.:smiletea2:
I hope you have less episodes of sickness per each hour that passes.
I hope that you feel better soon. Do not let her make you feel as guilty as I have felt for being human. You couldn't help it!
Wishes for a strong and quick recovery.