Calling in sick, staffing issues - page 3

Hi there! I work in staffing for an LTC facility. I am also working on pre-reqs to get into an RN program. What is bothering me is the frequency of nurses calling in sick. Many of our nurses... Read More

  1. by   imintrouble
    I don't resent anyone taking a day off (calling in sick) when I do the same thing. Life happens. What I resent is my employer using that absence to save money and not call in help. That upsets me. Especially when you talk to nurses the next day that announce nobody called them to pick up an extra shift.
  2. by   texasRN_14
    This is exactly why I had to leave my LTC job full time after 'only' 8 months. I am now PRN there. I was initially hired as a new grad for a new program on the skilled medicare units where I was promised only 10 -12 patients tops. At first, when this was happening, I LOVED IT. I learned so much about my patients, had time to spend with them, etc. Never felt too stressed (there was always the occasionally issue) However, our company quickly diminished this program and it turned into one nurse taking TWO hallways of patients that were very acute and strangely (I thought) HUGE fall risks. I was caring for 20+ patients spread between two halls with call lights and bed alarms going off every five seconds, not to mention at least one admit everyday (plus a d'c or two) plus regular treatments. I would almost have anxiety attacks before shifts not knowing what I was going to get into that day. Some days I'd have an admit, d'c, then a fall or some other emergency. Plus I was in school. I ended up having to drop my classes for this job and now am a semester behind getting into an RN program. I never called in but I thought about it daily. This was also a facility with 8 hour shifts on a ROTATING schedule which was just the worst thing ever. I'd work 7 days with only one day off (usually work 3 off 1 work 4). I felt like I was always there. I had nightmares about work. I completely understand why nurses call in so much. Now I make sure that when they call me for PRN shifts that it is not the skilled units. I won't put myself in that much stress again. I only say ok to LTC shifts.
    Additionally, this LTC facility is in a 'nice' part of town and therefore we attract residents and families with higher and more often, unrealistic expectations. I have had families chew me out for responding to an emergency with another patient when their family member needed something insignificant (fresh water does not take prescedent over a fallen patient)
  3. by   LTCNS
    This is precisely why I am thrilled to pieces that the little "mom and pop" LTC home I worked at years ago, who rarely has nursing and CNA turnover, has an opening for a LPN. Someone must have retired or moved on. I am praying with everything I have in me that I get called for an interview and hired. It's not day shift but I will take it regardless if offered. It's a great place to work.
  4. by   CapeCodMermaid
    You work to get paid. You do not "deserve" to call out simply because you have accrued enough time. Sometimes we say no to a requested day off because several people working the same unit and the same shift requested the day off BEFORE you did. If that day off is granted, the rest of your co-workers will be working short. But you don't care since it's not about them or the's all about what you want.
  5. by   redhead_NURSE98!
    I do enjoy when people call off and come back the next day with new hair coloring....
  6. by   LTCNS
    Quote from redhead_NURSE98!
    I do enjoy when people call off and come back the next day with new hair coloring....
    And/or new nails and new hair styles
  7. by   ktwlpn
    How fair is it to be denied use of your sick time unless you have a doctor's note? Because so many of my co-workers have a problem showing up this is now the rule for us all.I have hundreds of sick hours accrued and who the heck goes to the doctor every single time they get sinusitis or diarrhea? I see this as an administrative problem-they are not effectively disciplining the staff who repeatedly abuse the system. I haven't called off in over a year-why should I be penalized?
    We also have a large pool of prn staff but have been informed that they are not there for OUR convenience and we are not to ask them to work for us so we can have a day off but rather we are to switch with a co-worker.This often makes someone work quit a stretch of days in a row and who wants to do that?
    We seem to have a bunch of ridiculous arbitrary rules.Someone has decided that hooded tops are not permitted because they are un-professional but a male orderly on nightshift can walk around with a skull cap on per the adon because his head is cold.Really? How professional does that look? Whatever.The DON screams about neon scrubs,low cut shirts and low riding pants but sports clamdiggers,sandles and tats.Professional? NIMHO.
    Last edit by ktwlpn on Oct 1, '12
  8. by   taramb7263
    Quote from LTCNS
    Have any of you found that most of the call-outs are from the nurses who work on the short-term rehab. units? I have worked both short-term rehab. and long term care units, and the LTC units have been by far the best units to work as far as stress and fatigue. The patients on the rehab. units are much more complex and "demanding" for lack of a better word, with tx and meds. ever changing, as well as the "revolving door" issue. Whereas the LTC units are pretty much always the same.
    You nailed it! I work ft in subacute and it is nuts how busy we are:" plus we usually have the max pt load which is 20 and depending on the acuity , and charting all the time all day I always get out late. We have more issues with aids calling out then rns. Our facility staffs subacute with RN s mostly and lpns when no rns are available my dilemma for not wanting to go to work is more personal that patient work related. I don't see calling out to be professional unless it's necessary... Otherwise just put in for pto the patients do suffer and I hate running my behind off to compensate for someone who doesn't come in.
  9. by   AngelRN27
    Quote from TheCommuter
    However, we did not sign up for the mental, social, and political 'extras' that cause our jobs to be so much more difficult than necessary.
    Agreed. However, I still don't see this as a valid argument to call out once a month. Not to minimize the difficulty of working as a nurse in LTC, but every job has its "extras." If everyone called in sick to work once a month, no matter their profession, we'd be in some big trouble.