Being Sick or Being Guilty

Still at home with my ILI, but my spies at Acme Regional’s emergency tell me they saw 85 patients during the day shift, and a little over half of them complaints on the variation of “fever and cough.” And Occ Health has decided making its employees wait three hours in a rainstorm for their H1N1 at the public clinics was a bad idea, bad for morale and quite possibly bad for your employees’ health — hey, what could possibly be better than gathering in a cold rain with a lot of potentially sick people — so they decided to cough up (so to speak) some vaccine, and actually started needling some nurses.

But enough of my workplace. I’m a bit better, and am deciding whether to show for Nights tonight.  Six nurses are now out with the flu from our unit alone — all of them seniors including me — so staffing charge and triage and the resus room is beginning to be an issue.

There is no feeling like the fine, lovely, and compelling nursing guilt that comes from a sense of letting your colleagues down. Which is why so many of us idiotically drag ass into work, half dead.

Like me.

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  1. #1 by Kalanna on Friday 30 October 2009 - 2328

    here’s hoping you made it through the shift. i agree, nursing is unlike any other job in that when you call in sick, you know you are directly putting work onto your comrades shoulders. and i always have the lovely experience of symptoms hitting me an hour before shift when it’s already too late to call-in. taking tylenol and praying don’t always work.

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