Attendance is a very critical component in any industry. Healthcare is no different. Although, let’s face it, hospital policies have been wild and all over the place due to Rona. Attendance in travel nursing has always been paramount due to the fact that our travel nurses are considered the backup team. Now comes the pandemic. As our travelers were not allowed to work in the early stages of this novel virus, our clients were willing to pay for their time off. After two years things have changed.
So when do you call off?
The good old -fashioned advice never fails to be correct. Are you sick, truly sick?
- Are you running a fever greater than 99.9?
- Are you vomiting?
- Are you making repeated trips to the bathroom for less than pleasant reasons?
- Did you have a medical emergency?
These are just a few sure-fire reasons you should reach out to your recruiter and manager to call off to work.
What are unacceptable call offs?
Some days we just do not feel our best. We forge on because we are the backup team. Here are some “not great” examples for calling off to work:
- Winter weather – We all have access to winter weather reports and road conditions. You should PLAN ahead for such events Leave early! Depending on your distance, this may be 30 minutes early or more
✔Ensure your car is in winter driving condition
✔Have proper winter travel supplies in your car
✔Communicate with your recruiter about housing options
- Lack of Childcare
✔You as a traveler are the backup team member. You should have a backup for your childcare.
✔We have some facilities that allow our travelers to use their childcare resources.
✔Instead of calling off inquire with your recruiter or hospital manager if you can switch shifts/days
- No Call No Show
✔Proud to report that this is not happening with our Fidelity On Call travelers, but we are hearing this from our clients regarding other travelers doing it (and regularly)! We thought it would be worth mentioning so that we continue with that perfect record.
In closing, calling off makes it tough on everyone involved. Yes, emergencies happen to us all. True emergencies and illness are not every week. Please always keep in close communication with your