Calling in sick: how do you decide? - page 2
I have been feeling absolute s**t for the past 3 days, woke up with it on Thursday, came home after 2 hours. Called off Friday and went to the Doc and ended up with abx bronchitis (duh, 2 ppd... Read More
Oct 5, '02Joined: Sep '01; Posts: 16,606; Likes: 680Originally posted by frankie
hello - i have always followed the tried and true advice of - if you'r e sick - you're sick. i stopped feeling guilty about staying home with a temp, or vomiting, or some other probably contageos illness. It is not in the best interest of the patient.........not wise to spread germs. and i hate when
the staff comes in sick - and every one get the bug - frankie
Oct 5, '02Joined: Sep '01; Posts: 16,606; Likes: 680Originally posted by jones58
Have you ever been told that you need to come into work, even though you have decided you are too sick, and have called in sick?
Oct 5, '02Joined: Sep '02; Posts: 194; Likes: 64cheerfuldoer, I agree. I know I'm too sick to work when no amount of money would temp me to go. And I'd be looking for a new job if anyone had the nerve to tell me to come in anyway!
I figure, I'm a nurse, I know what sick is!
I agree that I would take a couple extra days off when getting over a bad illness to be as close to 100% as possible cuz I have gone back to soon and then had to call off again...and was written up! Better to miss more in a row!
Hope u feel better soon kidsrfun!
Oct 5, '02Occupation: Nurse Clinician/Case Manager Specialty: 20 year(s) of experience in Pediatric Rehabilitation ; From: US ; Joined: Mar '01; Posts: 2,830; Likes: 67I work 7on/7off..by my contract, I CAN'T be sick...
so, if I am breathing..I work..
now, when i worked 12's, I'd consider how long the shift was and debate if I was going to make myself sicker by trying to work..
i usually could convince myself that it'd be to my benefit and that of the employers for me to take one day vs getting sicker and missing several
Oct 5, '02Joined: Nov '00; Posts: 931; Likes: 18This is a little different, but not by much. I'm IDDM, so if any illness is causing my blood sugar to go up, I stay home. Period. With me, it's easier to see when my body is under stress, cuz the BG's go up. Take the time. Even with a "normal" body, your body is under just as much stress, you just can't see it as easily as me!
As for someone giving me crap about calling in, I take this attitude: I don't call in to ask PERMISSION to stay home; I call in to INFORM them that I'm staying home. I'm an adult, and don't need anyone's permission to stay home, so any crap just doesn't do any good. The decision was made before I called!
Oct 5, '02Occupation: RN Specialty: CV-ICU ; Joined: Oct '00; Posts: 2,343; Likes: 51Originally posted by Youda
As for someone giving me crap about calling in, I take this attitude: I don't call in to ask PERMISSION to stay home; I call in to INFORM them that I'm staying home. I'm an adult, and don't need anyone's permission to stay home, so any crap just doesn't do any good. The decision was made before I called! [/B]
Oct 6, '02Occupation: RN and blogger extraordinaire Specialty: 20 year(s) of experience in LTC, assisted living, med-surg, psych ; From: OR, US ; Joined: Sep '02; Posts: 26,953; Likes: 44,682There are 2 instances when I call in: when I can't get my head off the pillow, or my head out of the toilet. I don't even consider myself sick unless one or the other (or both) of those things is happening. I rarely catch cold, and am truly ill only once or twice every 4-5 years; the only things that really get to me are stomach viruses and chest colds. The latter are especially dangerous for me because I have this freaky kind of asthma that can go from nonexistent to severe overnight. Last winter I got pneumonia twice; the first time it was bacterial, and I never missed work because it responded to antibiotics and prednisone. But the second time, it was viral and sent my asthma spinning totally out of control, and I spent 2 days flat on my back. I was on prednisone for almost 4 weeks that time, and probably should've been on it longer, but my doctor told me to go ahead and taper myself so I stopped it entirely because I'd already gained 15 pounds (which is why I hate the stuff). After all was said and done, though, I still only missed 2 1/2 days of work.
That said, I do take precautions to prevent my residents from getting my germs, like wearing a mask in resident rooms if I'm coughing or have a sore throat. I'm a bear about handwashing, which is probably why I rarely get sick in the first place. My immune system has been known to attack raccoons in the back yard, it's so strong from years of working with sick people.Last edit by VivaLasViejas on Oct 6, '02
Oct 6, '02Joined: Sep '01; Posts: 16,606; Likes: 680originally posted by youda
as for someone giving me crap about calling in, i take this attitude: i don't call in to ask permission to stay home; i call in to inform them that i'm staying home. i'm an adult, and don't need anyone's permission to stay home, so any crap just doesn't do any good. the decision was made before i called!
Oct 6, '02Occupation: Retired Specialty: 15 year(s) of experience in Corrections, Psych, Med-Surg ; From: US ; Joined: Aug '02; Posts: 2,246; Likes: 48Self-care Rule #1: When in doubt, call in sick.
Oct 6, '02Occupation: RN--currently outpatient pediatrics Specialty: 25 year(s) of experience in Peds Critical Care, NICU, Burn ; Joined: Aug '02; Posts: 74; Likes: 1Self Care Rule#2--See Rule #1
YOUDA--You ROCK! If I needed to ask someone, I'd call my mother! Like you, I'm calling to inform them I won't be in.
Incidentally, I did have an experience several years ago with a nursing supervisor (house-type, on week-end coverage), who,
when the charger person called and said I was sick and needed to leave (I'd worked 8 out of 12 @ this point), said "How sick IS she?" Mind you, I had very few call-ins the first few years I worked (marriage, kids and burn out have taken their toll since then). The charge nurse informed her I was NEVER sick, and if I had to leave, then I was leaving!!!!!:chuckle
Said supervisor left the facility a couple years after that in a management shuffle, apparently got a taste of her own medicine. I've outlasted her, wonder of wonders! (Not gloating, mind you, just amazed.)
Oct 6, '02Occupation: RN, Intensive care Joined: Nov '00; Posts: 61; Likes: 1if i'm febrile, cannot breath, vomitting, runs,or cannot stop coughing. I have not called off for being sick since I have been an rn. Alll my call offs have been for mental health.
Oct 7, '02Joined: Nov '00; Posts: 931; Likes: 18The last time I called in (not counting the leave of absence I'm on), I was well . . . there is no way to put this delicately. Let's just say I had the flu. A real bad case of the flu. OK?
The witch who answered said, Do you realize you're going to have to work your next weekend off if you call in today? I said, well, since I only work weekends, I was kinda planning on it! (DUH)
Well, are you going to come in if I can't find a replacement? Well, no! If I could come to work at all, I wouldn't be callling in now, would I? (DUH)
Well, have you been to the doctor and gotten an excuse? Well, I don't usually go to the ER for diarrhea, do you? (DUH)
You get the idea how it went! The only thing that made the flu enjoyable was learning that this witch had to work my shift because no one would come in! LOL!
Oct 7, '02Joined: Sep '02; Posts: 1,058; Likes: 73If I feel as if I am contagious in any form or fashion-I stay home.
If I am still unsure if I should go in or not I ask myself or my husband, "Would you want someone who looks/sounds like this taking care of you?"If it is no-I stay HOME!