Calling in sick: how do you decide? - page 6
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
Jan 23, '04Occupation: ER RN Specialty: ER,ICU,L&D,OR,ETC ; Joined: May '01; Posts: 5,588; Likes: 566There is not a thing wrong with calling in sick if you are. You get so many sick days a year and at most places you either use it or lose it or save it up ad infinitum.
My favorite was 2 weeks ago I was scheduled to work ER that night. I woke up early in the morning, the Sun was out, the Temp was 70, clear sky. overall a very beautifull day. So what did I do, I called in sick stating I needed a mental health day, and then I went golfing for 36 holes that day. And I fealy so much better for it.
Jan 23, '04Joined: Jan '04; Posts: 4There have been times when I have been miserable and not called in sick. The reason, I end up leaving coworkers in a terrible bind. Our unit doesn't have many nurses and to say the least they are all overworked and calling in sick leaves the floor short.
Believe me, it is oh so frustrating to have to work severly short staffed and guilt is a major factor here. If you do call in sick, they also let you know what an incredible bind you are leaving your fellow workers in.....to say the least it is frustrating all the way around and sometimes difficult to give your best when you feel your worst. However, if you know that your floor will be short, your fellow workers will be frazzled and that your time home nursing yourself will leave patients wishing for more nurses ....you head to work.
Sad but true! I thank management and lack of organization amoung those I work with for this fact and am currently attempting to bring union to our facility.
Thanks for letting me vent!
Jan 23, '04Occupation: once a manager, now a staff nurse, preceptor, educator and practice member Specialty: 30 year(s) of experience in NICU, PICU, PACU ; From: FAM ; Joined: Mar '01; Posts: 2,797; Likes: 3,172You called in and played golf? Here, if they see you, hear about you or catch you out when you called in you are suspended for oh, I forget what they called it. 2 people I work with got caught! Something like misuse of hospital time or something like that. Whatever.
I have to be near dead, fever, puking my guts up, got my butt slung over the toilet constantly or can't get my head off the pillow to call in. If I have a little cold, I mask it and carry my hand sanitizer with me.
Jan 24, '04Occupation: ER RN Specialty: ER,ICU,L&D,OR,ETC ; Joined: May '01; Posts: 5,588; Likes: 566I admitted up front I wasnt sick, just needed a mental health day off, how I get therapy for my mental health and well being is by playing golf. Better than taking drugs. If you dont need to.
Did make me feel absolutely Marvelous.
Besides sick time is your time, you earned it. I only call in maybe 3 or 4 times a year as is anyway.