OT - Job issue
Hey there. Just wanted to get some thoughts on an issue that came up recently. I am a RN working 12 hour shifts. I work with a float pool, generally I am not booked until the day that I am scheduled to work. I work straight nights. Last week I received a letter from the manager about my sick time. In 6 months I had about 12 sick days. Yes that is above normal but they were all legitimate sick days. I had 2 bouts of bronchitis and the rest were either because I had a bad cold or I had a migraine. I have never, ever taken a sick day because I just didn't feel like going into work. I don't have it written down exactly what I was sick with on what day but probably half of those were from migraines. Migraines are terribly misunderstood by just about everyone who has never had one. I've seen my dr on several occasions about these, trying to find a medication that will work to get rid of it quickly without incapacitating me. Anyway I need to go see her, I am just waiting for her to e-mail me back with a date. In a way I understand why she is upset, obviously this costs the company money and the funny thing is also that payroll has screwed up my sick pay so that I haven't even been paid for all my time off sick. Do they want me to try to drive to work when my head is pounding practically off my head or that I loopy from all the drugs I've taken trying to get rid of the migraine? When I have a migraine I have a hard time just dialing the phone number to tell them I can't come to work. Also do they want me to come to work when I've got a viral respiratory infection and can barely talk? The letter said that if I continue with this kind of sick time then I have to go through an Attendence Awareness Program. I could care less really about that, I could get a dr's note for every time I've been off sick if I had to. See the thing is that when we call in sick we have to leave her a message too, so what she thinks I am faking bronchitis or when I am having a migraine and having trouble stringing 2 words together because my brain is pounding so hard that I can't think. I feel probably that this is something she has to do because she's got her own bosses to answer to and when it comes up she has to show that she has done something. Anyway just ticks me off and I wanted to vent.