(Closed) calling in sick at work… feeling depressed

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@jacquelile:  not answering or avoiding your managers calls will make it worse, call your manager, accept responsibility and if necessary explain what has been going on.  It’s much worse if you avoid, because it can be interpreted as you not caring.

 

good luck!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

First, I’ll just say that I’m in nursing school as well. It’s rough by itself, but then you add in things like a job, church/clubs, volunteering, family and it starts to feel impossible. So I get you there. Plus, working in healthcare is so physically demanding and mentally stressful, it just adds another stressor to the situation.

That being said, I think you need to give up your Sunday shift. For your own sanity, and for the sake of your coworkers. I’m not sure how your facility works, but for many of the ones around here they can’t pull in extra people when someone calls in late. Their work just falls on whoever else is there. That would be frustrating on anyone. There is nothing wrong with having to give up some of your activities because you are too busy to do it all. It takes a suprising amount of courage to admit that.

Regarding the call, I get it, I would be nervous about that too. But, do you really think they are going to fire you? I would assume they just want to make sure you are doing alright, and discussing other options for hours etc.

 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

If they were going to fire you, they would fire you whether you called back or not.

 

But I suspect they are not going to do so, especially since you’ve been there so long and you’re using sick leave that you’ve acquired. You’re not breaking any rules. I would call back and tell your manager whats going on (leaning heavily on the fact that you have a migraine more than the fact that you’re generally stressed out).

 

I agree that you need to give up your Sunday shift though — for everyone’s sake.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@MsYankee:  I agree. Beyond that, it’s honestly kind of hard for me to give non-biased or bitter-sounding advice, because I have co-workers who call in for crap like this all the time, and it makes my shift a million times more sucky and difficult because weekends are so busy as it is, and then I have to deal with being shorthanded when I know for a fact that I’ve sucked it up and came into work when I was dealing with more than what they called in for. And it does always seem to be the same people, on our busiest days, and usually the ones who don’t work that many days anyways (which I’m kind of assuming is the case with you OP, since it’s Monday and you’re not due back at that job till Friday, that makes me assume you only work a few days a week.)

 

You do sound really depressed with your job though…I would ask if it’s possible for you to be transferred to work in a different area, but you’re in a nursing home – unfortunately the things you’re describing that you don’t like about it just kind of come with the territory of that line of work. What kind f nursing are you planning on going into after you finish school? Could you try to find a different job in the field that may not be so draining for you?

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I would say call your manager back TODAY. Don’t wait until tomorrow, as another bee pointed out, you risk looking like you don’t care if you put it off.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@jacquelile:  Hahaha. Fair enough. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@jacquelile:  I would drop the Sunday shift like PPs have suggested. And I agree with Wonderstruck – just because you have a full course load etc., doesn’t mean that you don’t inconvenience people at your job.

Yes, you have a lot on your plate, but it isn’t a good idea to tick people off – you may need them and it’s not a good idea to give yourself a poor reputation before you even finish school. Word travels fast and people tend to know each other when they work in the same field in a city. By doing this extra work now, you could actually be compromising your future. And it doesn’t sound like you can handle it.

Focus on school. That’s most important.

And, if possible, try to work in an area that is less stressful. I could never work in the healthcare field because I’d be crippled by sympathy. I get sad watching the news… I couldn’t deal with seeing all that bad stuff first hand.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

They make one person look after 7 late stage dementia patients alone?  Is that normal?

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@strawbabies:  HA. I’m shocked she only has SEVEN. Nursing has become ridiculously overworked and understaffed. Safe, huh?

I care for 5-6 Postop patients at one time. As in, just out of anesthesia.

I cared for 29 patients (mix of dementia, high risk, assisted living and skilled nursing) by myself when I worked at a nursing home.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@jacquelile:  I feel your pain, been there as a nurse.

I have been at my current job for 2 years on a surgical floor. Although interesting, it is very stressful and busy. I just accepted a new job offer doing triage/coumadin clinics.

Best thing you can do is realize when you need to move on. And as a nurse, that might happen a lot, but that IS okay! Keep yourself sane ๐Ÿ™‚

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