Work ethic, what's your take on it all - page 5

Well, I work on a busy cardiac floor. It seems to me too many people call in sick. One girl she calls in at least once a week. Why the hec is management allowing this? I feel it's really non of my... Read More

  1. by   SaoirseRN
    Quote from brownbook
    I have never called in sick for a "mental health" day or any other frivolous excuse.
    A "mental health day" isn't necessarily a frivolous excuse. If something is going on and you can't switch your brain off, and know that your mind can't be on its game that day, you are doing your patients, coworkers, and yourself a favour. Going to work distracted, upset and unable to focus on your job is dangerous and in my mind, worth taking a sick day for.

    I'm not saying this should happen all the time, and most times people are able to get into work mode even if something is going on outside of work. But there are times when we can't, and therefore should not be at work.
  2. by   RNperdiem
    My non-frivolous exuse mental health day: My oldest child was just home from a hospital stay(including PICU) and still need nursing at home, my younger child spiked a fever of 103, and my husband took to his bed and drew the shades and sobbed that he was feeling very depressed(the hospital stay put a strain on all of us). This took place the day before I was scheduled to work.
    I debated for a long time before calling in; missing work is a hard decision to make.
  3. by   Mijourney
    The bottom line is that it's managements' responsibility to take care of business. Staffing of a unit is their business. If employees want to call in for any reason, that falls on management. Yes, I am one of those nurses who comes in 99% of the time. But over time, I've learned to just do what I can with what I've been dealt and let management worry about the rest.