Cold or flu? Stay home! — 5 Comments

  1. While working at a Federally funded clinic for the poor, I was in my office having crushing chest pain doubled over my computer. I had no risk factors for heart disease and tried to keep focused. My colleague across the hall became concerned and wanted me to at least get cardiac enzymes. My boss, a retired surgeon, asked if I could finish seeing the am patients! I have a rare heart issue!

  2. I work weekends only for a large healthcare organization. If we (the WOW workers) call out twice in a year, we are on notice. The third call out means you lose your weekend shift (and the small premium additional pay which comes with it). Doesn’t matter how ill you are, whether you have been to a physician, or have proof of said illness. Thus the entire unit gets most every GI bug, upper respiratory virus, contagious anything before it ends. The regular staff isn’t subjected to quite as punitive a policy, but the weekenders are always afraid to call out and usually work sick before risking a loss of position. Terrible example for a hospital to set.

    • Agreed! And hypocritical, too, when you think of the marketing campaigns by these health care organizations that promise to put patients first and provide the best possible health care. Just another sign that patient health (let alone employee health) is not at the top of the corporate agenda. Thanks for the comment, Barbara (and stay healthy!!!)

  3. My Mother retired in January of this year from the State University of New York University Hospital. Ever since she started nearly 20 years ago, the State of New York and Hospital administrators have had a policy that not only encourages you to come to work sick, but almost demands it. They base the amount of discount you’ll receive on your retiree healthcare premiums on the amount of sick hours you have built up over your tenure. If you build up enough sick hours you pay $0 for retiree health care for life. While helping my mother process the paperwork to retire, I read this over and over and was aghast and certain I had misinterpreted something so I called for clarification. I wasn’t wrong… this made me sad for the staff, but more so for patients. How can you recover while in the hospital if your doctors and nurses are sneezing and coughing all over you?

    • Hi Samantha, thanks for sharing that information. Ugh! Sick days should be inviolable and not used in some punishing algorithm that determines future benefits. And the health care industry should provide a better example, shouldn’t it? I’m sorry it doesn’t. Thanks again for the comment, FN