Excuses for Missing Work - page 5

How about a list of wierd excuses for not coming to work? My favorite: I can't come in today, I'm having vision problems. I just don't see myself working. Kevin... Read More

  1. by   Maula, RN
    One nurse calls in several times a year claiming her immediate family members have passed away and gets funeral pay for the deaths. Problem is that it seems the same people have died over and over and over again.
  2. by   Aussienurse2
    True story
    I was waiting for night shift to came on for an hour before I finally decided to call her mobile, she had gotten on to the road the hospital is in......... then followed it out of town and was halfway to the next when I called!!:roll
    Told her not to bother turning round, just keep going to the next town and apply for a job there!! LOL!! First and only time I fired someones arse!
  3. by   goats'r'us
    i went to college with a girl who would come up with the best excuses for being late to class - even the teachers looked forward to them.

    my personal favourite was when she rushed in, out of breath, about an hour into the class, claiming that she'd been on her way up from the bus stop, all set to be on time for class, when she slipped over and fell into a rogue time bubble but 'thank goodness i only lost an hour. there was a couple in there with 2 kids who said they met in there'.

    the teacher actually stopped the class and said 'ok, everyone give nerissa a big round of applause'
  4. by   grace90
    I had to call in once when I was a CNA because my car was stuck in over a foot of snow in our driveway. There was a bad snowstorm going on, and the plow truck had blown snow from the rural street onto our driveway several times which made the snow in our driveway even deeper. I managed to get it partway up the driveway and it wasn't budging. I tried several times to get it out, but with the 50 mile an hour winds and -30 windchill, it just wasn't happening.
    Another time I had to call in because there had been a very severe thunderstorm (actually called a derechio storm) that had knocked hundreds of trees and power lines down in our area. All the roads were blocked, and while driving around trying to find an open road I was still dodging falling trees as the storm was still going.
  5. by   grace90
    I worked as a CNA 3-11 while pregnant with my youngest daughter (started nursing school when she was 2 mo old). When I was around 7 months along, I got a nasty case of the flu or food poisoning or something. I went to work feeling really sick to my stomach but figuring the nausea was just cuz of being pregnant. Within a couple hours of clocking in, I was on the toilet puking in a trash can while having diarrhea and was absolutely miserable. I was shaking, dizzy, and had cold sweats. I asked the house supervisor about going home early, and she told me to stay and feed the patients and "we have bathrooms you can throw up in, you'll be fine". This was because we were short-staffed, but she was in the process of sending two other people home early for no good reason. Luckily, some other CNAs spoke up for me and I went home immediately and they stayed. I barely made it home (probably shouldn't've drove) and spent the rest of the night puking almost nonstop. She ended up getting in trouble because my coworkers reported to the DON that she tried to make me stay.
  6. by   MIA-RN1
    hey this is a great thread to resurrect!
    I was working as an ED tech last summer and putting together a pair of those aluminum crutches--the ones where you press the little button to make them taller/shorter. I pressed and pushed or something and managed to cut off a perfectly round chunk from the pad of my index finger. OUCH! I actually watched the perfectly round piece of my flesh fly across the room; a beautiful avulsion.
    The ed doc made me wash it in chlorhexadine soap and wrapped it in GAUZE and I had to stay. I got home at midnight and took the gauze off like he told me. It ripped off, made me bleed all over.
    Long and short, I went to my doc first thing in the morning and she called me out of work for two days since I had tube bandage on etc and couldn't get my hands wet.
    So I called out for two days because I cut my finger.
  7. by   HisTreasure
    I was working a double and was waiting for the day relief to come because I was exhausted! At around 6AM the phone rang on the unit. It was the day nurse and she was frantic. She said that she had spent the last two hours paging the supe nonstop and hadn't gotten a return call. She said she wouldn't be in because she thought she was having a miscarriage because she was passing huge clots and had bad cramps...could I please pass the message on to the supervisor because she had to get to emergency. I said sure and went on a crusade to find the supe ASAP. When I found the supe I relayed the message to her and I got the strangest look. She was like "The nurse on that unit today is Niki." I was like, "Yea, that's who called. She said she paged you over and over." Tammi replies, (with a straight face no doubt) "I never got any pages from nurses this morning, but I doubt she would have paged me anyway." I must have looked thoroughly confused because she went on to say "Because last year when she had her emergency hysterectomy I was the one to transport her to the hospital!"

  8. by   santhony44
    I worked with one gal who called in like clockwork. Every time she accrued 8 hours she called in. Various and sundry excuses, but we weren't interested, we always knew when it was going to happen.
  9. by   goats'r'us
    i get pretty bad hay fever randomly throughout the year - i'll be fine through some really pollen-filled days, then in the middle of winter will suddenly snuff up because someone's walked through the ward with lilies. it happened once about halfway through an afternoon shift, all of a sudden i couldn't breathe through my nose, my throat was itching like crazy, and everytime i spoke, my nose started running. spoke to the nurse in charge, and she agreed i should go home, as i wasn't much good to anyone the way i was, but ran into the 3A (in charge hospital-wide) on my way out and was asked where i thought i was going. i explained (nose pouring) that i was going home sick, and got a 'oh no you're not' speech and marched back to work! ended up taking some phenergan from the cupboard, but couldn't take much as it makes me sleepy, so it didn't really help. finished the shift sitting at the desk with a box of tissues beside me, having ordered everyone not to talk to me because the boogies were sending me mental. did all the paperwork i could lay my hands upon (couldn't speak to patients), and wrote a handover letter on my patients for one of the other nurses to read out to the next shift.
    was very dirty with that night's 3A for a long time.
  10. by   ZASHAGALKA
    I had to float out of CCU to a medical unit once because the nurse that was supposed to float had 'way too many menstrual cramps' to work the floor.

    And the supervisor felt that was a sufficient enough excuse to float me out of turn!

    I guess I didn't score any points by suggesting that if she was too sick to WORK, then maybe she should go home, in which case, we wouldn't have the staff to float anyone. . .

  11. by   sanctuary
    2230 call (shift starts 2300) comes in from "Ed" who states, "I can't come in because my wife has cramps.":angryfire No kidding. SAince it was too cose to the start of the shift, and he was not the sick one, I could put him on leave without pay. So I did.
  12. by   LoriAlabamaRN
    At my last job I had an RN call in because her husband was driving her to the hospital as she had mistook the superglue for her eyedrops and superglued both her eyes shut. (personally, I would have realized with the first one, but this gal marched to the beat of a different drummer, most likely the toy monkey beating the snare drum).

    At this job I had a CNA call in because her brother was having to report to jail that afternoon to start a ten year sentence for selling crack and she wanted to spend the day with him.
  13. by   Brad_RN_Student_PA
    I've used this one, and i blush to say it...

    My wife and I are having marital problems, and well...family comes before work. Can you approve me for some personal time?

    Meanwhile we were having some "issues" in "bed"...can ya guess what they were?!
    Can I say MORNING $&* RULES? haha