I think in nursing it’s hard to call out sick because it’s what we do, take care of the sick,frail,recovering and for some reason many including our nurse managers expect we are super human but in reality we work with more germs then most and DO get sick. We should never be made to feel badly about getting sick, we shouldn’t have to explain our illness nor require a note because we have a day or two of feeling ill. We should as anyone else does have the right to have an illness or even perhaps need a mental health day because as most of us know we are over worked, stressed out and tired....... we all get tired and then sick wether physically ill or in need of some US time. I don’t believe it should require lengthy explanations.......that being said some of us work with a vulnerable population and therefore for the patients sake we should be responsible enough to pass on if we have some thing that is contagious like the flu or strep (as examples)as those illnesses can pose a threat to certain populations. Our facilities should understand and be prepared to cover the shift of an ill employee my work place as most has a policy stating you must call 3 hrs prior to the start of your shift however I rarely wake up at 2 am to see how I feel and if I will need to call work to inform them I’m not coming in so I think this policy is only realistic for evening maybe night shift nurses but one may feel fine at noon and sick at 2 pm sad we can’t plan all illnesses to suit work. What bothers me more is working side by side with the nurse who didn’t call out while they cough sneeze run a fever etc spreading their germs to me and others because they felt they HAD to come to work. To bad for management I say stay home PLEASE. I promise I will and I’ll handle the guilt thrown my way...... frankly if your working for the right employer with the right co-workers they would rather you stay home as well.