We have a backup person on call for
Day shifts (up to the 11a-8p shift)
Evening/night shifts (3p on, may include the overnight shift)
We recently added a backup shift for our Urgent Care pod also. Not sure of the hours.
Everyone is required to do X number of backup shifts each quarter as part of their normal scheduling. I believe X = 3 so it's once a month.
Being on backup counts toward your hours (I think it's 4) even if you don't get called in. Moonlighting is paid if you get called in.
We do not require people to "pay back" their sick hours. Sick is sick. At least HR thinks so...:). From a safety standpoint, we don't want sick providers caring for children.
We have counseled two people in the last 10 years who seemed to have a lower threshold for calling in.
Hope this is helpful.
James Chamberlain, MD
Director, Data Analytics and Informatics
Division of Emergency Medicine
Children’s National Health System
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I am helping to develop the sick call policy for my department. It seems foolish to reinvent the wheel.
Would you be willing to share your department's policy?
If that isn't possible, could you tell me about:
a. reimbursement for being on call or getting called in b. what happens to the person who calls out (do they make up the shift, count as a sick day, etc)?
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