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Nurse Says She Was Fired From Hospital Job After Calling In Sick Because Of The Flu

by Ann-Sophie Kaemmerle
Native New Yorker, University of Virginia graduate, runner, and sometimes stand-up performer.

With the flu being as deadly as it has been so far this season, it’s important for folks to know how to protect themselves from getting the virus.

Washing one’s hands is particularly important.

But if you are sick, there are ways you can help protect others, too. It’s key to rest so that you can get better, but also so that you don’t infect others. If you sneeze in public, don’t forget to cover your mouth with the inside of your elbow and not your hand.

A general rule of thumb: if you feel unwell, stay home.

That’s exactly what one fill-in nurse did — and she now says it got her fired from her job.

Theresa Puckett told News 5 Cleveland that she reportedly violated the hospital’s attendance policy when she called in sick once, and then was sent home early from a shift, both within a 60-day period. Both times, she was fighting the flu.

“There are times where I have gone to work so sick that the patient who is laying in the bed is in better condition than myself,” she told the Daily News.

This was grounds for dismissal, even if she had a doctor’s note. Physicians’ notes aren’t an excuse, according to the news station. Only four types of absences are allowed: approved leaves of absence, workplace illnesses or injuries, scheduled paid time off, and jury duty or bereavement leave.

The hospital responded to News 5 Cleveland’s request for comment, stating that their policy is consistent with those of other facilities across the country.

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Footage and photos provided by WEWS Cleveland

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