To provide an introduction and some background, I am a 23-year old nurse who works in NC at a nationally-acclaimed Magnet hospital and this month marks 13 months that I have been practicing in the nursing profession. I have spent all of this time working on a cardiac telemetry unit, however, I am slated to start my new job in the Neurosurgical ICU in just 11 days.
The company I work for has a very specific, linear absenteeism protocol for supervisors to follow regarding, well, employee absences. You are allowed 3 without any reprimand whatsoever, and any absences taken in consistency (Ex: calling out all 3 days in a week) are considered a single absence "event," which is essentially one absence in the eyes of the employer. The 4th absence or absence event results in a simple informal verbal warning with no real consequence; however, the following absences result in a formal verbal warning, written warning, a final warning, and termination.
My question is: I have just called out for my 5th time and I am afraid this will affect my job status and/or will cause my manager to place a freeze on my already-approved transfer to NSICU. How serious is a formal verbal warning? I am a diligent and reliable employee who has never been reprimanded for anything, and often regarded with a high degree of respect and warmth by my all of my colleagues, including my supervisors and manager. Taking this into consideration, am I in trouble next time I go to work? Should I be concerned for my job? I have a lot of anxiety, so I am already giving myself a stress ulcer.
I just called my manager to ask just in case. Turns out my transfer is only at risk if I receive a written warning. To answer your questions about why I have called out so much, the majority of these call outs have been because I truly have been too ill to show up and adequately and safely perform the required functions of my job. In college I literally never missed a class over the span of 4 years. Not one. I went sick sometimes and stuck it out. I am not, by any means, lazy, manipulative, or trying to take advantage of my employer. I consider myself very responsible and mature.
This really concerns me, however, because I realize how bad this looks to my new employer. I would certainly be less-than-impressed with my new employee if he/she was riding the disciplinary protocol into my unit on day 1. I get it. I know it poorly reflects on my character. On the other hand, I am unsure of how to convince this new manager I am a worthy hire aside from showing him. Words mean nothing.
Last edit by FashionableRyanRN on Mar 18
Quote from SpankedInPittsburgh
Yeah that's a silly rule. Sick days are for calling in sick. Getting a disciplinary action for the flu is just stupid
The disciplinary action is meant to deter or provide recourse for those who abuse it. And there are plenty who do abuse it.
If you're getting "the flu" multiple times in a year, then you're either lying to get out of work, or should set up intermittent FMLA to address your ongoing health issues. ("You" in general, I wasn't speaking to anyone specifically)
Last edit by klone on Mar 18