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What do you do when Work calls on your day off?

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Admit it this is you. LOL! Don't you just hate it when work calls you to come in on your day off? What do you do? What do you say?

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Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Psych ICU, addictions.

I let voicemail take the call, listen to what they want, and decide if and when I will call them back.


Has 36 years experience.

I love it. I just say "no sorry" but still feel guilty. My old job I was the one doing the calling. I didn't mind hearing no at all, just went on to the next name on the list.


Specializes in labor & delivery. Has 7 years experience.

I didn't answer when work would call.


Specializes in Psychiatry. Has 15 years experience.

It is common courtesy to anwer the phone and say that you can't work. No one is holding a gun to your head. Once they know that you cannot work, nursing office can scratch one name off their list instead of waiting indefinitely for nurses to call back. I always answer the phone or call back if I'd missed the call regardless of what my answer is going to be.

Sometimes I've been in situations when we have been short and desperately hope that someone, just someone would be available. But not calling back or choosing custom ring-tone is just not my style.

I may or may not answer the phone... and will never call back. If I do answer the phone, I'm fine saying, "no" but I'll often go in... time-and-a-half is very enticing.

canoehead, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER. Has 30 years experience.

Pfhhht. When they call 2-3 times a day they won't get a call back. I've been doing this so long I don't even have the ringer on any more. I have work friends that will call my cell if there's a huge disaster and they need me, but I'm done with the passive aggressive staffing mind games. If management starts coming in when they're DESPERATE then I'll come in, but not before.


Specializes in ER. Has 15 years experience.

how much money are they offering for their desperation? double time? if not, no dice.

LilgirlRN, ADN, RN

Specializes in ED staff.

Depends on if I need $$ and how much$$ are they willing to depart with. If I'm not in need I don't answer the phone.

phillycpnp-pc, MSN, RN, NP

Specializes in Peds Med/Surg; Peds Skilled Nursing. Has 8 years experience.

If they call i ignore it and let the voice mail pick it up. If they text...i text back i can't do it or just ignore the text. The worst is when they call you at 11am or 12pm after they know you just worked a night shift.

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ShantheRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatric Hem/Onc. Has 4 years experience.

PedsNP2b2013 said:
If they call i ignore it and let the voice mail pick it up. If they text...i text back i can't do it or just ignore the text. The worst is when they call you at 11am or 12pm after they know you just worked a night shift.

I absolutely hate this and it's a big reason why my phone is on vibrate during my sleeping hours. Now they know texting is better but frankly, I usually just chuckle and go about my day. Work has been a nuthouse and those extra hours aren't worth my sanity. I used to feel bad because I knew my coworkers were suffering but hey.....it happens.

About the only time I'll say yes is if I'm planning on a major purpose lol Even then I still think about it for a few hours.

"uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh sorry I have to go wash my cat, bye"

Do-over, ASN, RN

Specializes in CICU.

Don't have a problem saying no. If I am tempted to go in, I ask for bonus pay. No bonus pay, no work on short notice.

I will answer, or return the call. I will, and have, raise holy h% when they call during my sleep time.

That Guy, BSN, RN, EMT-B

Specializes in Emergency/Cath Lab. Has 6 years experience.

Easy, they are in my phone as "Do Not Answer"


Specializes in ICU. Has 20 years experience.

Just don't answer your phone. It's pretty easy.

If you boss is one of those "I called you yesterday on your day off and you never called me back" types, tell her you were busy all day and don't always bring your cell phone with you.