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Nurse calls out sick because of influenza, fired for breaching medical facility attendance policy

By Kevin Barry

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RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Ohio (WEWS)– The influenza season at the start of 2018 has been worse than normal throughout the United States, even for the people charged with keeping us safe and healthy when we go to the health center.

Still, when one “fill-in” nurse at University Hospitals said she was too ill to work 2 times over just a couple of days, it was an infraction of health center policy and ended with her getting fired.

Simply after Christmas, Theresa Puckett was hardly an image of health. She called out sick once at the end of 2017 when she returned, an exceptional sent her house early because she was still battling the flu.

“I was putting in my cough drops, I was drinking my water,” stated Puckett. “I mean the entire nine yards simply to spot myself up enough to go to work.”

That resulted in another sick day, opening her approximately being fired due to the fact that of UH’s policy that short-lived nurses, called “PRN’s” like Theresa might be dismissed after 2 non-approved lacks over 60-days.

Theresa says it talks to the nursing and healthcare facility culture, keeping hospitals staffed no matter exactly what the repercussions.

“When it occurred to me, and I actually truly was too sick to go to work, I was punished for that,” stated Puckett. “I was penalized for staying at home with a doctor’s note.”

UH has a “no-fault” presence policy, where the medical facility tells us “notes from a doctor do not ‘excuse’ an incident of absence.”

The policy says only these types of lacks are allowed.

authorized leaves of absence office diseases or injuries set up paid time off, like trip time or doctors visits jury duty or bereavement leave are thought about excused. That suggests even Theresa’s note from her own physician stating she shouldn’t interact with individuals who are currently ill wasn’t enough.

“There are times where I have gone to work so ill that the client who is laying in the bed remains in better condition than myself,” said Puckett. “I am sicker than the patient depending on the bed.”

Theresa states the irony in her termination is a post on the University Hospitals’ Facebook page telling ill visitors to stay at home.

University Hospitals informs us their policy for PRN’s is consistent with policies in other medical systems across the region and nation.

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Rupp 1st American to win Chicago Marathon because 2002

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AP Photo/ Paul Beaty Galen Rupp of the United States wins the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Chicago. It is the very first time since 2002 an American has actually won the males’s Chicago Marathon.

Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017|4 p.m.

CHICAGO– Galen Rupp won the Chicago Marathon on Sunday to end up being the first American winner in 15 years.

Rupp finished in 2 hours, 9 minutes, 20 seconds. Khalid Khannouchi was the last U.S. winner in 2002.

Kenya’s Abel Kirui was second, 28 seconds behind Rupp. Kenya’s Bernard Kipyego was third.

Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba won the women’s race in 2:18:31. Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei was 2nd, and American Jordan Hasay 3rd.

More than 40,000 runners began the 40th yearly race more than a million spectators lined the route.

Cubs clinch playoff area for first time because 2008

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Charles Rex Arbogast/ AP

Chicago Cubs’ Joe Maddon, right, welcomes Jorge Soler (68), Starlin Castro (13) and Anthony Rizzo, after the trio scored off Soler’s home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Makers Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, in Chicago.

Friday, Sept. 25, 2015|10:43 p.m.

CHICAGO– With an early video game Saturday, manager Joe Maddon figured the only way he would discover if the Chicago Cubs clinched a playoff area was if he got up to go to the restroom.

Well, they are in. And if Maddon rested through the night, he woke up to a nice surprise.

Chicago could have wrapped it up Friday afternoon with a win over the Pittsburgh Pirates, except Gerrit Cole outpitched Jon Lester and a late rally fell short in a 3-2 loss.

San Francisco then lost to Oakland 5-4, and that suggests Chicago is gone to the postseason for the first time given that 2008.

With a 12:05 p.m. start Saturday, Maddon said the only method he would inspect the rating was “probably when I get up to go to the bathroom in the evening.”

The road back to the playoffs was a long one for the Cubs, who endured 5 straight losing seasons and a painful top-to-bottom overhaul under Theo Epstein.

He started loading up the minors system practically as quickly as he was employed in October 2011, and it’sed a good idea off in a huge way.

Young gamers started to make their way to the majors last period. The Cubs then made it clear they were major about winning when they hired Maddon and signed Lester in the offseason.

Kris Bryant, who had two hits and scored Friday, debuted this season, as did Kyle Schwarber. And both players made huge effects.

“We’ll ideally commemorate tomorrow and having fun,” stated Lester, who like Maddon was not preparing to stay up. “These guys have never experienced this. We’ll enjoy it.”

On Friday, the Pirates hung on for their seventh straight win and enhanced their lead for the NL’s leading wild card to 4 1/2 video games over the Cubs.

Cole (18-8) and Lester (10-12) each lasted seven innings, and Mark Melancon hung on in the ninth for his major league-leading 51st conserve in 53 possibilities.

Chris Denorfia led off the ninth with a double and scored on Starlin Castro’s one-out triple to right as the Cubs closed within a run and thrilled the crowd of 40,432.

Melancon then started out Jorge Soler and Javier Baez on knuckle curves in the dirt.

Cole’s 18 wins are the most for a Pirates pitcher considering that John Smiley went 20-8 in 1991. He quit 2 runs and five hits, struck out eight and walked two while enhancing to 7-1 in nine starts versus Chicago.

He likewise drove in the game’s very first run with a single in the third.

Michael Morse put Pittsburgh ahead 2-1 with an RBI single off Lester in the seventh. The Pirates included a run in the 8th against Pedro Strop when Jordy Mercer reached on a wild pitch as he struck out leading off and scored from 3rd on a grounder by Starling Marte.

Lester allowed 2 runs and five hits.

The Cubs had runners on very first and 2nd in the eighth, but Tony Watson struck out Anthony Rizzo to end the hazard.

Cole gave the Pirates a 1-0 lead in the 3rd with a single past a diving shortstop Addison Russell after Jordy Mercer doubled.

The Cubs tied it in the 4th when Bryant led off with a single and scored from 3rd on a force by Addison Russell.

It remained that method till the seventh, when previous Cub Aramis Ramirez led off with a double and scored on Morse’s one-out single. Morse, who was working on the pitch, then got doubled off on Josh Harrison’s pop fly to first to end the inning.

NO ILL OBJECTIVE

Coghlan insisted he wasn’t attempting to injure Jung Ho Kang with a takeout slide at Pittsburgh recently that left the Pirates shortstop with a busted left leg and torn knee ligament.

“I hate that he misses the whole year and it’s a considerable injury and a huge blow to them,” Coghlan said. “But I think those guys over there understand the method I play and it wasn’t a dirty play.”

TRAINER’S SPACE

Pirates: RF Gregory Polanco (knee) and 3B Ramirez (groin) were back in the lineup after being held out Thursday against the Colorado Rockies.

UP NEXT

Pirates: LHP Francisco Liriano (11-7, 3.41 ERA), coming off a win over Clayton Kershaw and the L.a Dodgers, looks to remain on a roll for Pittsburgh. He is 7-1 in his previous 15 starts, with the Pirates winning all but among those games.

Cubs: With a 5.77 AGE over his last 11 starts, RHP Jason Hammel (9-6, 3.79) aims to break out of his depression.