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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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