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Spin off: what is a reasonable sick call policy?

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by Libby1987 Libby1987 (Member)

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If being written up for calling in sick on 6 different episodes per year is excessively punitive, what is fair or reasonable?

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At my job we get 7 points per rolling year. Call off is one point but if we are on for three days in a row and call in all three days it's still just that one point. Being late is half a point.

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23,549 Visitors; 3,726 Posts

At my job we get 7 points per rolling year. Call off is one point but if we are on for three days in a row and call in all three days it's still just that one point. Being late is half a point.

Do you think your position is reasonable or unreasonable?

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Pangea Reunited has 6 years experience as a ASN, RN.

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I know when I'm too sick to come to work. I don't need anyone to set limits for me, and if limits have been set, I expect them to be ignored. So far, they have been.

If it gets to a point where my employer is suspicious of me lying about being ill or expects me to come to work ill, then it's time to move on.

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I'm always amazed at how they don't want us to come to work with xyz going on but then get on our backs if we call off too much.

In other job fields people can still work. After initially recovering from knee surgery my friend can work and elevate his knee at work but in nursing like other service profession you can't. If you have a lingering cough, which can linger a while, people who work in a cubicle with a dedicated phone and computer can go to work, we can't. Some people I know can work from home if not up to par.

I think they need to have policies but need to look at employees overall pattern over the course of their employment. If I were a manager I wouldn't want to terminate a stellar employee if one year out of 15 they went over the absences. It costs a lot more to onboard a person to fill that position than to give that person the benefit of the doubt.

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Jory has 10 years experience as a MSN, APRN, CNM.

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Find out what their "send you home if you are sick" policy is.

My facility will ding you if you call in, but doesn't ding you if you go in and they send you home. So yes, I have went into work with 103 fever, looked hot, felt hot, made sure I announced it only for them to send me home.

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michigansapphire has 4 years experience.

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What gets me is ... Employer gives me 80 hours of sick time per year (equivalent of almost seven 12-hour shifts) but if I call out sick more than once in a year it's noted on my annual review????

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