The Nurse is Sick

It is already a given – nurses take care of sick people. And having the duty as such, nurses are expected to be at the best of their health to be able to take care of somebody else’s health.

But then, nurses are humans too. And they do get sick. And when that happens, I always feel that it is best for the nurse to stay home and rest, rather than force himself or herself to come to work.

Some nurses still do try to come to work despite not feeling well initially. Some reason out that they do not want to cause lack of staffing for the shift, that they do not want to make absences as it will reflect in their yearly performance evaluation, or simply saying that they still can work despite being ill.

I think that coming to work when one is not feeling well is a serious matter. A nurse’s job requires us to be alert and vigilant with patient’s conditions. We should also be in our clear minds (not drowsy after taking flu medicines) when we give our medications to our patients. And the patient themselves expect us to take care of them, and not them being worried that the nurse looking after them is also sick.

And what happens if the sick nurse who came to work, will feel that he cannot continue the shift because his condition is worsening, that he has to go home now. But unless another nurse comes in to relieve him, the co-nurses around will be left with additional patient loads, as the allocated patients of the sick nurse will be distributed to the remaining nurses on duty. And that means additional workload to the normal load of the other nurses. Good luck to the quality of their nursing care.

I wish all charge nurses understand that. So that when a staff nurse phones in, and informs that he or she cannot come to work because he or she is sick, he is not left with harsh words like “What? You’re sick? Oh my God, what’s going to happen with my staffing…” or something like that.

If the nurse is sick, let him rest. At the end of the day, it’s patient safety we are all after.


11 Responses to “The Nurse is Sick”

  1. April 5, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Oh yeah sinabi mo! Especially kung ER ka, u are not supposed to come to work sick kasi baka kung mapanu ka at pasyente mo hehe!


  2. April 6, 2010 at 9:12 am

    Hi, Checking links from BC Bloggers. If all things are ironed out you will hear from me tomorrow. Thanks for putting the badge. 🙂
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  3. 3 digitalcatharsis
    April 7, 2010 at 12:23 am

    Hi Marc, thanks for hanging on here.

    Hi Paula, looking forward to exciting blog-linking with you.


  4. 4 Katrina
    April 13, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Your blog has been one of my favorites of all time. … Thanks for writing such a great blog. I always enjoyed reading it,


  5. 5 JEMSKI
    April 16, 2010 at 7:00 am

    Very true! Although there are some nurses who take advantage of this privelege to get sick leaves, unit managers should not generalize, as there are valid health reasons that should be considered.


  6. 6 Jonathan
    April 16, 2010 at 8:32 am

    Hi there! I’m a newbie in this page. I just want to say that you are one hell of a good writer. I like your posts especially those related to your line of work as a nurse. Your job is a noble one. Keep writing.


  7. 7 digitalcatharsis
    April 18, 2010 at 6:45 am

    Hi Katrina, Thanks a lot!

    Hi Jemski, Welcome back! And yeah, unit managers do generalize at times that some nurses just reason out just to be able to make use of their sick leaves. But that does not happen many times. When the nurse is sick, he should really be.

    Hi Jonathan, Thanks a lot! Keep coming back!


  8. 8 nurseRica
    December 8, 2010 at 10:19 am

    i totally agree with u. its not like i really want myself to get sick and all. tsk!
    anyway, i really like ur posts! ☺


  9. June 23, 2011 at 10:24 am

    youre right there my friend… di naman kayo robot na di nakaramdam ng sakit. kelangan nyo ring magpahinga so you could serve your patients well 🙂


  10. June 24, 2011 at 7:10 am

    Mahirap talaga pag nagkasakit ang nurse. Usually they say, dapat di ka nagkakasakit kasi nurse ka, but I find it unfair for some people to think this way. Kaya nga we really take our vitamins and get enough rest.


  11. 11 kat
    June 27, 2011 at 8:25 am

    well, tao ka lang Nelson at hindi makina…makina nga nagkakasakit din pag overused, tao pa kaya.


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