Nursing Notes

June 23, 2010

Going to Work When You’re Sick

Becky's costume: sick person
Image by jadam via Flickr

In case you haven’t noticed, I love the NY Times Well Blog.  I read Tara Parker-Pope all the time and find many great articles by her to share here with you.  She seems to have her pulse on the real world of health and healthcare.  She talks about  nursing issues with authority and she covers problems in the industry without apologizing.  This article is just one example.

In my experience, giving more paid sick days may or may not be the answer.  As a nurse, I have paid time off as one of the benefits of the job.  However, getting to use any of it is the real problem.  If you are sick and call in, you will be manipulated with guilt and treated like a slacker.  The truth is, if you call in sick, your co-workers will, in all probability, have to work short and that means taking even more patients each.  You will feel guilty despite being sick.  There  has to be an answer, but I’m not sure that more paid days is it.  Maybe we need to make it so taking a real sick day is possible, first–then look at the number of paid days available.



A new poll shows that most Americans support proposed legislation requiring companies to offer at least seven days of paid sick leave, reports the Economix blog.

Notably, the survey clearly showed what happens when people don’t get paid sick leave: more of them go to work sick and send sick kids to school.

The survey found that 55 percent of respondents who said they were not eligible for paid sick days said they had at some point gone to work with a contagious illness like the flu or a viral infection, compared with 37 percent who said they received paid sick days. Twenty-four percent of those who did not receive paid sick days said they had sent a sick child to school or day care because they had to go to work. That compared with 14 percent of those who were eligible for paid sick days.

To learn more, read the full post, “Most Americans Support Paid Sick Leave, Poll Finds.” What do you think? Has a lack of paid sick leave forced you to expose your coworkers or school children to illness?


Please go here to read the original and leave a comment in the discussion.  Some of the comments are just as interesting as this article, so please do go read them.

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  1. […] Going to Work When You're Sick « Nursing Notes […]

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  2. great post!

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