Quote from mjlrn97
Well, let me play devil's advocate for a moment here.
I have a similar policy........if you're calling in, you need to try to replace yourself , preferably at least four hours prior to the beginning of your shift. Everyone has a copy of the staff roster, and the expectation is that you first try to get someone to cover your shift. The reason I do things this way is to reduce the number of frivolous call-ins, and it works---if personnel know they are responsible for finding a replacement, they are less apt to call in just because they don't feel like coming to work that day.
HOWEVER---if a staff member truly is ill and has made a good-faith effort to call someone else in, they know they can call me and I
will make sure the shift is covered. I'm pretty persuasive, and I can usually cobble together something in a hurry when necessary.......and if all else fails, I'll come in and help out myself. I don't want people coming to work ill. But neither do I want them thinking "Oh, I need a day off, think I'll call in and go to the beach".
Yes, I understand about 'frivolous' call-ins - I would think as a DON, you would have some idea about staff that do that, and could deal with it. BUT, this isn't a case of frivolous calling in - and I've seen more that one person there who shouldn't have been. Because they were unable to find anyone.
Now, IMHO, when you take a job as DON, you need to have a plan for things like this - and that doesn't mean subjecting patients to sick caregivers. And I would have to assume that the staff are adults and take adult responsibility.
Yes, I'm sure finding your own replacement DOES cut down on call-ins - but I remember the nite I got a call to go in from a co-worker who had diarrhea so bad, and was told to put on an adult diaper and come in!!
I was told recently to inform anyone who called in on my shift, that if they don't find a replacement, and don't come in, that they could be fired.
Now, I technically don't NEED my job, but a lot of these people do - and they're so scared to call in, that they routinely just come on in.