I'm a new grad LPN that have been working in a hell hole for the last 4 months or so. Lately, I've been stressed to the point that I've been having major headaches and elevated BP. I have yet to call out for anything until today. I woke up with a sore throat ( nothing major), and probably could have made it to work based on how I was physically feeling. However, mentally I just couldn't pull myself together to make it to work and function. :crying2:I decided to call in sick and take care of my mental health. Don't worry, there was someone who filled in for me today without leaving the facility short of a nurse or in a panic. I've been depressed and stressed due to my job for the whole 4 months and haven't ever called out and don't plan on doing this in the future. But today I just needed a break and a " mental health day"What did I do today? I went grocery shopping ( which I always never have the energy to do on work days), slept in until 8am, cuddled with hubby for a little while, went on AN, improved my resume, and LOOKED For a new job. Most of all I relaxed and am now ready to face the challenge tomorrow brings. Do any other nurses ever take a " mental health day" ?