‘Like a slap in the face’: Nurses told to use vacation and sick days to stay home if they test positive

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Sick days are for being sick, it’s true. However, this seems (to me) like an occupational illness, caused by their employment. Maybe they could/should file workers’ comp claims.


The last thing you want someone to do is to go into work sick, especially at a hospital. This is just a boneheaded move. These people work tirelessly to save lives, and doing this shows a complete lack of even basic respect.


My local hospital makes anyone sick take Paid Time Off before sick time. You earn PTO and sick time each pay period. – The PTO is how you can take a vacation. – When anyone gets sick the first 40 hours comes out of PTO before the sick time bank is even accessible.


It honestly feels like someone is trying to collapse the healthcare system, at this point. I can’t say what employers would be doing any differently if it weren’t the idea. My own facility is in crisis and I don’t know how we’re going to get through the next month. We were already critically short of nurses before this wave hit and I’d be amazed if we don’t lose more as they break under the workload.


My hospital used to have pandemic leave at the very beginning. Now that cases are surging, you don’t get it now.